Jassim Al Jassim, CEO of the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup Organizing Committee, laughed, saying that the Korean national soccer team, which has superstars, will be a big success in the tournament. In addition, he expressed special affection for Son Heung-min and expected that many people would buy tickets to see Son Heung-min.
CEO Al Jassim met with reporters from various Asian countries, including , at the Qatar Football Association (QFA) headquarters located in Al Bida Tower in Doha on the afternoon of the 10th (Korean time) to discuss the preparations for the Qatar Asian Cup and the soccer teams of Asian countries participating in this tournament. He did not hide his expectations for the national team. He especially showed great interest in the Korean national soccer team.
CEO Al Jassim said, “Not only the people of Qatar but many people have watched the growth of Korean soccer,” and added, “Players like Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan can now be considered international-level players. So now, Korean soccer is a national soccer nation.” “The national team is not just a team watched by Korean soccer fans. I think everyone here in Doha will want to buy a ticket to see Son Heung-min play in Qatar.”스포츠토토
He continued, “I think all fans will cheer for world-class players, if not for the team they support. So I think the ‘big names’ that Korea has will add a lot of value, especially to us as the host country.” Jinjin expected that Korea would greatly contribute to the success of the Asian Cup in Qatar.
When asked by a Japanese reporter whether he knew a specific Japanese player, CEO Al Jassim said, “I like Mitoma because he plays fantastically,” but added, “It is difficult to point out a specific player. Because currently, in the Asian soccer world, there is no one specific player.” “It’s hard to choose. For example, players like Son Heung-min, who is the captain of the Premier League, have been showing great performances since last year. This phenomenon proves the growth of Asian soccer,” he said. This appears to be a reference to Son Heung-min being the top scorer in the English Premier League in the 2021-2022 season.
CEO Al Jassim recalled that Son Heung-min scored on his international debut in Doha. Son Heung-min scored his first goal for his country in the 2011 AFC Qatar Asian Cup Group D third round match against India.
CEO Al Jassim said, “It’s really good to know history. He played very well in that tournament, but unfortunately, he didn’t play well in the next tournament, the 2019 AFC UAE Asian Cup quarterfinal against Qatar. In this tournament, he “I hope you have a very good tournament,” he said, leaving a message of support for Son Heung-min’s challenge for the last Asian Cup.