'Three weeks were tough': Son Heung-min opens up on military service

‘There were ten people in one room so we got very close’: Son Heung-min opens up on ‘three tough weeks’ completing South Korean military service… and Tottenham star confirms he has made a full recovery from his broken arm

  • Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has completed his military service
  • The 27-year-old spent three weeks in the South Korean Military Corps 
  • He was reportedly awarded the Pilsung prize, and excelled in shooting skills
  • Son says he has made a full recovery from the broken arm sustained in February 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Son Heung-min has spoken about ‘three tough weeks’ of military service in his native South Korea during the coronavirus crisis. 

The Tottenham forward used the pause of football to take the time to complete his mandatory national service in the South Korean Military Corps. 

Reportedly awarded South Korea’s Pilsung prize, Son excelled in shooting skills, was the top performer among 157 trainees and the 27-year-old – who is exempt from the full 21-month service after winning the Asian Games with his country in 2018 – admitted it was a ‘good experience.’

Son used the pause in football to complete his military service in his native South Korea

The Tottenham forward at his completion ceremony in Jeju, South Korea on May 8 

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‘I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I enjoyed it. The three weeks were tough,’ Son told Tottenham’s YouTube channel. 

‘On the first days no one knew each other so it was a bit weird, but soon we got to know each other. You have to spend every day together, there were ten people in one room so we got very close.

‘We were working together, helping each other. In the first days the other guys couldn’t even speak to me but by the end we were joking and enjoying together.’

The Tottenham forward is now fully fit and has returned to training ahead of the June 17 restart

Having returned to training in London, the forward confirmed he has made a full recovery from the broken arm suffered in Spurs’ Premier League game against Aston Villa on February 16. 

Son managed to play on for 90 minutes, and scored twice including a last-minute winner, after sustaining the injury in the opening moments of the game at Villa Park. 

Son fractured his arm in the victory against Aston Villa on February 16, yet he still scored twice

‘It’s been a very busy three months – I felt very bad after the Villa game,’ Son added.

‘I didn’t realise how bad that was. I went to the hospital and saw the X-ray, I was shocked. It was painful because football is my life… not training with the guys, not enjoying football. 

‘I’m very excited because after the military service, I missed the guys. I’ve almost seen every player come back with a smile, and it’s an amazing feeling.’ 




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Fabregas: Arsenal were 'angry and upset' as United ended unbeaten run

‘Gary Neville, what he did to Reyes… mamma mia!’: Cesc Fabregas reveals Arsenal’s Invincibles were ‘angry and upset’ after their 49-game unbeaten run was ended by Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2004… and he accuses Wayne Rooney of DIVING

  • Cesc Fabregas is still furious at Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United in 2004
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s side ended the Gunners’ Invincbles run with a 2-0 victory 
  • Fabregas accused Wayne Rooney of diving to win a penalty for the opener
  • The Spaniard also recalled how Jose Antonio Reyes was repeatedly hacked down

Cesc Fabregas has said he is still furious over Manchester United ending Arsenal’s Invincible run in 2004.

United beat the Gunners 2-0 at Old Trafford as Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney sealed victory in a game full of controversy. 

The Red Devils were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute after Rooney was brought down by Sol Campbell, but Fabregas accused the Englishman of diving.

Cesc Fabregas admitted he is still furious over Manchester United beating Arsenal in 2004

The Spaniard accused Wayne Rooney of diving to win a penalty for United’s opening goal

Jose Antonio Reyes was repeatedly hacked down by United’s Gary Neville and his team-mates

Van Nistelrooy converted the spot-kick before Rooney added another in the final minute.

The Spaniard admitted he is still frustrated about the way his side’s unbeaten run came to an end and recalled how team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes was repeatedly hacked down every time he had the ball.

‘We were so disappointed. We were angry, we were upset,’ he told Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube channel. 

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‘It had to come to an end, the 49 games, it can happen at Old Trafford against a great Man Utd side. But I think it’s the way it happened.

‘First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to Antonio Reyes… mamma mia! But every single time he had the ball! Wayne [Rooney] dived for the penalty against Sol [Campbell].

‘The emotion was that we had lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should’ve lost. We didn’t feel it was the right time to lose our invincible run. Everyone was really, really upset.’

Arsenal had gone 49 games unbeaten after an ‘invincible’ season in the 2003-2004 campaign

The game was dubbed the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ as Fabregas was involved in the ‘Pizzagate’ scandal.

Players and staff clashed in the tunnel following the fiery encounter with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson having a slice of pizza thrown at him.

For several years the identity of the culprit remained unknown until Fabregas admitted it had been him who had launched the pizza in the Scotsman’s direction.

Players clashed both on and off the pitch in what became known as the ‘Battle of the Buffet’

The former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder also admitted how tough it was to go up against Ferguson’s side during that era. 

‘What a team you were. We beat you a few times and it felt amazing but I always felt that in big games, where something really mattered, you were on top of us,’ he added.

‘Even the FA Cup final in 2005 (Arsenal beat United on penalties after a 0-0 draw at the Millennium Stadium) – you deserved to win that game.’ 




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