Is Son Heung-min an Angry Bird?
South Korea men's football coach Uli Stielike wants to keep superstar football player Son Heung-min's temper under control. Son is on the 23-man roster for next month's World Cup qualifiers for Team Korea.
But Coach Stielike apparently did not like Son's attitude during the Sept. 1 qualifier against China when Son kicked a water bottle on the ground and then kicked some dirt. And there may be behavior we can't see on the cameras. Stielike said, "I think his behavior away from the field can be problematic. Unless he gets his act together and changes his attitude, I will have to think about the rest of the team as the coach."
Some other Korean players have taken out their anger against their club coaches overseas by refusing to shake their hands or giving them shade off the field. It looks like Stielike doesn't want any distractions and unnecessary drama. Looks like he's also underscoring his need for respect and authority. He says "all players have to be careful" since "they are under a constant spotlight, and they must act accordingly on and off the field."
So does Son Heung-min have an anger problem? Or is this steam just normal for someone who has adrenaline pumping through him as he's running and kicking for hours on the field? For one thing, Son certainly has no problem with capturing our hearts on camera. Let's take a look.