“Son Heung-min Zone” that made GK cry…The reason why the Korean ace was able to achieve the feat of scoring 100 points in the Premier League for the first time in Asia

April 13, 2023


Korea national team FW Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham) has scored 100 goals in the English Premier League, and the "Son Heung-min zone" is attracting attention again.

This refers to the left and right corners of the penalty box, and Son Heung-min, who can handle both feet freely, shoots around this area and often scores goals.

The goal he scored in the Premier League Round 30 match against Brighton on April 8 was also born from the “Son Heung-Min Zone”.

At that time, when Son Heung-min received a pass from Croatia representative MF Ivan Perisic (34) on the left side of the enemy team, he cut into the center from the left outside the penalty box and pierced the goal net with a shot wrapped with his right foot. It was Son Heung-min's 100th Premier League goal.

"Deadly Shot" prepared by his father

'Son Heung-min Zone' is a shooting course that has been thoroughly practiced by Son Heung-min's soccer teacher and real father Son Eun-jung.

Son Heung-min is known for his high-impact shots as well as his speed, but Son Eun-jung made his son thoroughly learn the basic skills first, and started shooting in earnest when he was a high school student.

Many people think that it is important to practice shooting from an early age. However, Son Eun-jung played many games from a young age and after being overworked, he injured his knee and has seen the appearance of a promising player who is struggling in the top team.

Therefore, he decided that Son Heung-min should be given step-by-step shooting practice from high school.

Son Heung-min started shooting in the "Son Heung-min Zone" at the age of 18. He had just made his first-team debut for Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga.

18-year-old Son Heung-min (right) in shooting practice with Son Eun-jung (left)
18-year-old Son Heung-min (right) in shooting practice with Son Eun-jung (left)

During the offseason, Son Heung-min hit more than 1,000 shots a day at his hometown soccer field under the guidance of his father. Most of them were shots from the left and right corners of the penalty box, and he thoroughly improved his shooting skills in the same area.

At the time, Song Eun-jung said, "Even if the goalkeeper is one of the best in the world, if he shoots accurately from the corner, it's difficult to stop unless it's a robot."

Son Heung-min, who practiced shooting from the same area in the midsummer off-season, when the temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius, perfected his technique just as his father wanted.

Before he knew it, he had reached a level where he would aim for a shot that swung left or right when holding the ball near the “Son Heung-min Zone” in an actual game.

Son Eun Jung (left) and Son Heung Min
Son Eun Jung (left) and Son Heung Min

Son Heung-min played for Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen from 2010 to 2015, scoring 11 of his 49 Bundesliga goals, or 22%, from the "Son Heung-min Zone".

After that, he joined Tottenham in the summer of 2015, and even after he entered the world's top Premier League, the "Son Heung-min Zone" became a major driving force for his leap.

10 September 2016 against Stoke City. Son Heung-min scored his first goal in the Premier League with a right-footed shot from the left of the penalty box as Tottenham won 4-0.

Two weeks later, on 24 September 2009, he scored a goal in the same situation against Middlesbrough (won 2-1), scoring twice in the first half.

Son Heung-min now
Son Heung-min now

Even in the 2020-2021 season, when he joined the world class, “Son Heung-min Zone” did not disappoint.

On 7 December 2020, Heung-min Son scored his first goal in the North London Derby with a sharp right-footed shot from outside the penalty box in Tottenham's 2-0 win over Arsenal. .

Also, in the opening match of the 2021-2022 season held on August 16, 2021 against Manchester City, he scored a shot wrapped with his left foot and became the driving force behind the 1-0 victory.

And on May 23, 2022, in the final round of the Premier League against Norwich, Son Heung-min marked the 23rd goal from the "Son Heung-min zone" in the 30th minute of the second half. He had the honor of being the first Asian top scorer in the Premier League. It was the same with his 100th Premier League goal.

It is no exaggeration to say that the 'Son Heung-min Zone', which has produced numerous goals, has been with the highlights of Son Heung-min's Premier League career.

◇ Son Heung Min Profile

Born July 8, 1992. Born in Gangwon-do, South Korea. She is 183 cm tall. He is a South Korean soccer player and captain of the South Korean national soccer team. He didn't belong to the soccer club in elementary and middle school, and was coached directly by his father, Son Eun-jung, who had experience playing for the Korean national team. He made his professional debut in 2010 for Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga. He then moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, where he scored in double figures for the second year in a row, before moving to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. His nickname is "Sonny".