South Korean soccer icon Son Heung-min (Chuncheon-born, pictured) has been named captain of Tottenham Hotspur of the English Professional Soccer Premier League (EPL).
Tottenham announced on its website on Wednesday (local time), “Son Heung-min has been appointed club captain. He will take over the armband from Hugo Joris,” the club announced on its website.
Son will join Christian Romero and James Maddison as vice-captains.
“I am honored and proud to be the captain of such a big team as Tottenham,” said Son in a statement from the club, “and I will give my all for this shirt and armband in the new season.” Head coach Enzi Postecoglu added: “He has great leadership on and off the field. He’s an ideal choice for the new captain,” he said. “Everyone knows he’s a world-class player. He has everyone’s respect in the locker room.”
Son becomes the second South Korean player to be named captain of an EPL club. The first South Korean to wear the captain’s armband was Jeonbuk Hyundai Technical Director Park Ji-sung. Park officially assumed the captaincy at Queens Park Rangers (QPR), the club he joined from Manchester United.
Son Heung-min, meanwhile, is the “longest-serving captain” of the South Korean national team. He has worn the captain’s armband since his debut under former coach Paulo Bento in September 2018, with the exception of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Championship (East Asian Cup), in which the European side was not called up. 토토사이트