Son Heung-min, Park Ji-Sung and Hong Myung-Bo make the 11 best Asian Cups of all time
Chuncheon-born Son Heung-min (31-Tottenham), the ‘ace of Korean football’, has been recognised as an Asian football legend.바카라사이트
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) unveiled the ‘AFC Asian Cup Dream 11’ on its website on Wednesday (13 July), as voted for by fans. Son joined Korean football legends Hong Myung-bo, the ‘Eternal Libero’, Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo and Jeonbuk Hyundai technical director Park Ji-sung as the ‘Eternal Captain’.
Son has played in three Asian Cups to date. In his first appearance as a teenager, he finished third in Qatar in 2011, and as an ace in Australia in 2015, he scored three goals to lead South Korea to a runner-up finish.
His last appearance at a tournament after becoming a world-class player was in the UAE in 2019, where he was a late addition to the squad for the third group game against China. He had agreed to miss the first two matches of the Asian Cup group stage as a condition of being cleared by Tottenham to play in the 2018 Asian Games.
He was able to play in the Asian Cup after completing his Tottenham commitments. However, he struggled with his fitness, starting against China just two days after playing full-time league football, and South Korea packed up early as they were knocked out by Qatar in the quarter-finals.
South Korea will be looking to win their first title in 64 years at the Asian Cup in Qatar in January 2024. Son Heung-min, who is still South Korea’s captain and ace, will be a key part of the squad.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al Deayea has been named in goal, while the fans’ choice for the four defenders is Hong Myung-bo, with Yuto Nagatomo, Yuji Nakazawa (Japan) and Medhi Madavikia (Iran). The three midfield spots were filled by Park Ji-sung, Honda Keisuke and Nakamura Shunsuke (Japan), while the three striker spots were filled by Son Heung-min, Ali Daiei (Iran) and Tim Cahill (Australia).
By country, Japan had the most players with four, followed by South Korea with three, Iran with two and Saudi Arabia and Australia with one each. All five nations have won the Asian Cup before.