Which star are you looking forward to in the Asian Cup? SON? Or Mitoma?
The AFC Asian Cup, a cliffhanger match that will determine the supremacy of Asian soccer, will kick off on January 12, 2023 in Qatar, where the joy of advancing to the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup remains. The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann, is challenging for the top spot in this competition, and many fans are looking forward to the Asian Cup in Qatar, hoping that the Taegeuk Warriors will rise to the top in Asia for the first time in 63 years.스포츠토토
This wish is also the same for other Asian countries participating in this competition. Not only countries aiming for the top like Korea, but also underdogs who are considered so-called ‘underdogs’ are hoping that the status of their country’s soccer will be raised in the Asian Cup. In addition, with a large number of superstar players who were not easily seen in the Asian soccer world in the past, the tournament is expected to be more fun than ever.
Accordingly, listened directly to the prospects and expectations of the tournament from reporters from major Asian countries who met while staying in Doha, Qatar, from the 7th to the 11th. In addition, we also asked about Director Klinsmann’s working methods. The Asian Cup, viewed from a different perspective than ours, provides new fun.
A total of four questions were asked to seven professional soccer reporters, all of whom are recognized in their respective countries. We deliver their honest answers to Korean soccer fans. This would be quite an interesting reaction given that it is a different perspective from ours. And I would like to express my gratitude to the Asian soccer reporters who responded without hesitation. The second question and response are as follows.
“This is Son Heung-min of the Korean national soccer team. I think he is probably the best player in Asian history. I hope he will do his best and participate in the tournament in the best condition and show great play. do.”
“There is a player I would like to personally recommend. That is Keito Nakamura of the Japan national soccer team. Nakamura started his career at Gamba Osaka and played for an Austrian club (LASK Linz) before signing with a French club ahead of the 2023-2024 season. He moved to Stade de Reims. He is a left winger with an excellent shot and is a different type of player than Kaoru Mitoma.”
“Asia’s only top star is Son Heung-min. In China, Son Heung-min is called ‘Asia’s GOAT’. As such, he is the most well-known overseas soccer star in China. Son Heung-min has played many roles for Tottenham this season. “He is scoring goals and performing well. So, I think he will perform well in this Asian Cup at the age of 31. He will probably be the MVP of this tournament and the Golden Boot (top scorer).”
“The other player is Mitoma. Many fans are familiar with Mitoma’s dangerous dribbling at Brighton. We are also looking forward to his performance with the Japan national soccer team. However, he is not a star who can change the game on his own like Son Heung-min. see.”
“Japan’s Mitoma is performing great at English Premier League club Brighton of Hove Albion. Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi, who is teaching Mitoma, is a leader with new ideas about soccer. “Coach De Zervi is helping Mitoma by his side and helping Mitoma perform well and perform well in the Premier League. So, I want to see Mitoma through this tournament.”
“Not only Mitoma, but there are many other stars in Japan, so I think they can show a good performance. And there are also players worth watching in Korea. Son Heung-min will once again be one of the best players in this Asian Cup.” No. The Korean player (Kim Min-jae), who played for Naples last season and is now playing for Bayern Munich, is also a really great player.”
“I will give a short answer. I am looking forward to Son Heung-min, the first scorer from Asia in the English Premier League.”
“Son Heung-min scored his first goal as a national team member at the 2011 AFC Qatar Asian Cup. He is expected to return to Doha, where he has good memories, and create a good record. Son Heung-min will be playing in 2023-2024. “He’s having a great season. I hope that kind of play continues with the Korean national soccer team and this tournament in Doha.”
“I would like to mention several players, but the player I am waiting for the most is Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in is a fantastic player. A great player who can play not only in the center but also a little behind. He is a maker. He even plays as a winger. He is very fast and has a skillful first touch, and he is already a top-level player as he is playing for Paris Saint-Germain. This Asian Cup will be a tournament in which Lee Kang-in grows greatly, and he is a truly amazing player. “It will be an opportunity to let the world know. I think Japan is the best team, but I think Korea has players with great individual abilities. Son Heung-min? There’s no need to talk about Son Heung-min. He’s the best player Asia has ever had.”
“As Japanese players, I would like to choose Takefusa Mitoma and Kubo. Those two players, like Kang-in Lee, are growing surprisingly quickly. Personally, I think Kang-in Lee, Kang-in Mitoma, and Takefusa Kubo will become the next generation of Asian supers, following in the footsteps of Son Heung-min. “I think he will become a star.”