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Son Heungmin on ZDF Sportstudio

손흥민, (Heungmin Son), the 20 year old Bundesliga footballer who plays for Hamburg was interviewed on a major German sports show . If you can play the clip, he is quite fluent in German (with a cute Korean accent) although he’s severly inflicted with the German habit to start and pepper every sentence liberally with a “Natürlich”.

He says he feels quite content in Hamburg, (aber natürlich, it is the happiest city in Germany according to a recent study) and has just signed another year despite growing interests from the Premier Leauge.

During the TV interview, he is charming, constantly smiling from shyness like a boy of his age would be. He is the best under 21 scorer (with 9 goals) in the Bundesliga. He is shown a msg clip from Chuncheon, where his stern father manages a football school. He also answers various twitter questions where he quotes Cristiano Ronaldo and Park Jisung as players he respects the most.

Incidentally, the precocity of Son and his father’s football school made me wonder is 날아라 슛돌이” (Narara Shootdori – that show showcasing kkoma football talent) still on on Korean TV?

I reckon it’s only matter of time before the Korean mothers teaching violin and piano to their little precious turn to where the real money is, and then the K-league would be a class of its own crammed full with overflowing talent by those kids who didn’t make it abroad. The reason football falls behind the art of regurgitating Western classical music and little wannabe Yunas learning figure skating is only because the role of education was chiefly left to the mothers and not to the fathers.

Anyway, here’s the summary in the Korean press (Chosun) also with a link to the interview somebody put on youtube.

  • bballi

    Im sorry but that second to last paragraph is a disaster…

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    No need to apologize. I wouldn’t become overly despondent if some people who get ulcers just skipped reading my posts – disasters that they are – in fact, I strongly recommend it as I think they might be a health risk to some pregnant and breastfeeding women.

  • bballi

    No worries. Seeing as how you editted your post I can now understand it. Ulcer adverted…

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    I don’t think it’s any better myself, maybe only marginally, but good to see it pepto bismolled your pain.

  • cm

    How’s the Korean guy’s German? Does he have a lot of accent?

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    cm. It’s not SO bad, it’s cute and colloquial. As with most Koreans it’s the Z (German S is closer to Z anyway).
    I’ve heard MUCH worse (especially when they try to 찌아찌아 the German language with 한글) in other Koreans pronouncing German words and places..

  • que337

    Cha Duri speaks German language well.


    Natürlich , he was born in Germany, when his father played soccer in Bundesliga in late 70′s and early 80′s.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    His German may be better than his football.

  • 8675309

    Natürlich Yuna kann ‘natürlich’ oder ‘natuerlich’ richtig buchstabieren, aber villeicht sie hat keine Ahnung “u” with an umlaut in ASCII code ist einfach “ALT + 129″, das heißt ‘ü’.
    Zum Beispiel:
    ASCII Code
    ALT + 132 = ä

    ALT + 142 = Ä

    ALT + 148 = ö

    ALT + 153 = Ö

    ALT + 129 = ü

    ALT + 154 = Ü

    ALT + 225 = ß


  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Danke schon (without the e or the umlaut). And I mean that.

    As you suspected, I could not be bothered with the extra e or the u umlaut. Alt+129 is too much for my brain to remember 3 digits plus a key? or to look up. I find that people are ever so helpful.

    For example, I would never be helpful enough to muster any botherness to mention my surprise that in bballi’s reply to me below he was talking about taking out a Washington post ad of his ulcer. Why? Becaues I cannot be bothered and I know what he means, even though he could be bothered to be so helpful and point out my last paragraph was a disaster.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    But in all seriousness, thanks! I fixed it, I still cannot use the ALT+129 combination (does the ALT key need to be on the number pad? because it doesn’t work on my laptop, but from your linked page found the “ü” for html worked, which was one of my gripes, the post are written sort of html-based..

  • Bak du boy

    I used to like watching 슛돌이 nearly 10 years ago…is it still on? They starting bringing b grade celebrities to ‘prentend’ to manage/coach. i thought they picked the kids for their cuteness, but some could really play!

  • cfp

    +1 for saying football

    the k league has so much potential. teams from Korea have dominated the ACL over the past 4 years or so. its surprising that a nation with a large population and great world cup stadiums have low attendances at most games. the example of the j-league and Chinese league should be followed, as there is no reason as to why the k-league shouldn’t be able to attract big names and get more fans at games.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Too much chaebol control, less fan base.The Korean love for the large foreign brands and overseas established fame. I always thought they could channel the regionalism in some anti-hoodlum way (vaguely I used to think 전북 is a good team because of their fans and the political geography) but I might be talking out of my depth here as I can probably count the number of domestic football games I’ve been to in Korea on one hand..

  • Wut

    -1 for not knowing that the word “soccer” originated from the birthplace of the beautiful game, England. It is short for “association football”. Of course everyone bashes th Americans for saying it.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    I used to be more impressed by the mullett haircut the little rogues sported. They were cute Asian minatures of West German Football hairstyle at its peak (or trough).

  • cfp

    where did you get the ‘not knowing’ from? i was completely aware of that fact..