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Meet Cho Gue-sung, the S. Korean footballer capturing fans’ hearts at the World Cup

Cho Gue-sung
  • South Korean footballer Cho Gue-sung, who plays as No. 9 on South Korea’s national football team, went viral after capturing the hearts of World Cup fans worldwide.
  • The 24-year-old athlete began his professional career in 2019 and made his official World Cup debut this month.
  • Videos of Cho quickly began circulating on social media following South Korea’s match against Uruguay on Thursday.
  • In less than a week, his Instagram account surpassed 1 million followers.
  • During his team's match against Ghana on Monday, Cho made headlines for scoring both of South Korea’s goals.
  • As of this writing, the hashtag #choguesung has over 120.5 million views on TikTok.

South Korean footballer Cho Gue-sung, who wears No. 9 for South Korea’s national football team, has gone viral after capturing the hearts of World Cup fans worldwide.

Cho Gue-sung was born on January 25, 1998, in Ansan-si, South Korea. During his time at Gwangju University, Cho played for his school’s team, training to eventually become a top goalscorer in the 2022 K League 1.

Maskless crowds at World Cup cause uproar in China

Qatar World Cup coverage in China has sparked an uproar among Weibo users, who have been speaking out against the Chinese government’s implementation of its strict zero-COVID policy.

Initial coverage of the football tournament that showed audiences not wearing protective masks in Qatar has caused many in China to question the continued widespread lockdowns, quarantines and mass-testing campaigns in the country.

Japanese fans go viral for cleaning up everyone’s mess at the World Cup — again

Japanese fans 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • Japanese football fans were filmed cleaning the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Monday after the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador.
  • The inspiring moment was shared on Twitter and Instagram by Bahraini YouTuber Omar Al-Farooq. The viral video has been viewed more than 2.3 million times on Twitter as of this writing.
  • “They have respect and install respect in their children. So as we see this year and in previous years, the Japanese people are above others in their actions,” one Instagram user commented. “May we the Arab people learn this level of respect and start cleaning up behind us instead of waiting for a domestic cleaner to do the cleaning.”

Japanese football fans are going viral for staying behind to clean up after the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday.

Bahraini YouTuber Omar Al-Farooq highlighted the inspiring moment in his video shared on Twitter and Instagram. In the clip, which has been viewed on Twitter over 2.5 million times, Japanese fans can be seen picking up trash left in the stands by the World Cup crowd at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.

Son Heung-min declares himself fit for World Cup after injury

  • Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min will be fit enough to represent South Korea at the Qatar World Cup later this month, according to the football star and his team’s manager last weekend.
  • Son, 30, sustained a left eye socket fracture after colliding with Olympique de Marseille defender Chancel Mbema during a Champions League match last week, according to reports.
  • “Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many children growing up, just as it was one of mine too,” Son wrote on Instagram. “I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country, see you soon.”
  • South Korea will face Uruguay in Group H of the Qatar World Cup on Nov. 24.

Following his left eye socket fracture and surgery, Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min revealed he will be fit enough to represent South Korea in the Qatar World Cup later this month.

Son, 30, sustained an eye injury during the Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League match against Olympique de Marseille last week.

Viral face wash ad reveals a Japanese-speaking Lionel Messi

  • An old Japanese ad featuring Paris Saint-Germain football star Lionel Messi has left netizens in stitches after it resurfaced on social media and went viral last month.
  • Messi, 35, became the face of Angfa Scalp-D facial wash in 2013. He appeared in the company’s two-part campaign to promote its product and notably spoke in Japanese.
  • “Messi speaking Japanese is still one of the funniest thing you'll see today,” @Troll_Fotballl wrote in an Oct. 10 tweet that has already garnered over 1.3 million views and 14,900 likes.
  • “What did I just watch?” Instagram football meme channel @Footebate wrote in the caption of its Oct. 11 post, which has garnered over 13.5 million views and 958,000 likes as of this writing.

An old Japanese ad featuring Paris Saint-Germain football star Lionel Messi has left netizens in stitches after it resurfaced on social media and went viral last month.

Messi, who has over 371 million followers on Instagram, has been offered several endorsement deals by world-renowned companies throughout his career, from Pepsi and Lay’s to Adidas.

Son Heung-min becomes highest-ranked Asian player in men’s Ballon d’Or history

  • Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min became the highest-ranked Asian player in Ballon d’Or history, reaching 11th place on Monday.
  • Son was ranked higher than other athletes such as 37-year-old Manchester United member and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who reached No. 20 this year.
  • He is the third Korean to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or following Seol Ki-hyeon in 2002 and Park Ji-sung in 2005. He is also reportedly the only Asian athlete who was nominated this year for the prestigious football award.
  • Son’s Ballon d’Or ranking came after a stellar performance last season, where he received the Premier League’s Golden Boot for scoring 23 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min has surpassed several superstar athletes in the 2022 men’s Ballon d’Or rankings, making him the highest-ranked Asian football player in the annual football award’s history.

Son, 30, reached No. 11 this year, according to the rankings that were released on Monday. He ranked higher than other athletes such as 37-year-old Manchester United member and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was placed at No. 20 this year.

NFL faces intense backlash, calls for firings over Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion injury

  • The NFL is facing intense backlash after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a serious head injury that could have been prevented.
  • During yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tua was quickly rushed to the hospital after sustaining head injuries from a sack.
  • Former players, health experts and commentators are outraged that Tagovailoa was permitted to play in Thursday’s contest in the first place after he sustained a similar head injury this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills
  • “I don’t care if you clear concussion protocol, it doesn’t mean you’re perfectly healthy,” former offensive lineman Emmanuel Acho said in a TikTok post. “Your eyes should tell you what a concussion test doesn’t even need to.”
  • Prior to his injury, the Samoan American quarterback was having a career season, leading his team to a perfect 3-0 record.

The NFL is facing intense backlash after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a serious head injury that could have been prevented. 

During yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, nose tackle Josh Toupou sacked Tagovailoa in the second quarter. Tagovailoa crumpled over upon impact and his fingers temporarily contorted as he stared blankly at the ceiling after Toupou slammed him headfirst onto the gridiron. He was quickly stretchered off the field and rushed to the hospital and has since been seen back in South Beach wearing a neck brace. 

Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner likely to miss rest of season after shoulder injury

Tyler Buchner injured
  • University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterback Tyler Buchner will likely miss the rest of the season following a severe AC joint sprain in his left, non-throwing shoulder.
  • The 19-year-old sophomore star sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of their match against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday.
  • "The expected recovery time is about four months," Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman said Monday. "We can all do that math. That probably puts us somewhere in mid-January."
  • Junior Drew Pyne will take over Buchner’s position during the period, serving as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback against California in the team’s home game on Saturday.

University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterback Tyler Buchner will miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder during a game over the weekend.

Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman confirmed Monday that the Asian American sophomore suffered a severe AC joint sprain in his left shoulder during the fourth quarter of their match against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday.

‘My dream has come true’: Thai boy saved during Tham Luang cave rescue receives football scholarship

  • Duangpetch “Dom” Promthep, 17, was offered a scholarship to study at Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester, England.
  • The teenager made an announcement on Instagram on Aug. 15.
  • “Today, my dream has come true. I’m going to be a football student in England,” Promthep wrote in Thai in his post.
  • Promthep was one of the 12 boys saved during the Tham Luang cave "miracle" rescue in Thailand’s Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province on June 23, 2018.
  • It took more than 10,000 people to save Promthep, his coach and his fellow Wild Boars football team members.
  • The rescue effort proved successful as all 12 team members and their coach made it out of the cave alive between July 8, 2018, and July 10, 2018.

A teenager who was one of the 12 boys saved during the Tham Luang cave “miracle” rescue in Thailand in 2018 has received a scholarship to study football in England.

In an Instagram post on Aug. 15, Duangpetch “Dom” Promthep, 17, announced that he has been offered a scholarship to attend Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester, England.

Huynh Nhu set to become first Vietnamese woman football player to join European team

  • Vietnamese football star Huynh Nhu traveled to Portugal on Monday in preparation for signing with Länk FC Vilaverdense, a Portuguese football team, for a two-year contract.
  • Nhu, a 30-year-old forward player and the captain of Vietnam’s women’s national football team, could become the first female Vietnamese football player to join a European team if she passes her medical.
  • “I have received much advice. There are people who said I need to learn from the male players who had unsuccessful spells abroad in the past. But recently, Nguyen Quang Hai has left a good impression in France,” Nu said.
  • “I hope that my image, as well as Vietnamese football, will thrive overseas and there will be more and more female players that can play football abroad,” she added.
  • Born in the provincial city of Tra Vinh in 1991, Nhu is one of the world’s most prominent Vietnamese football players. She has won several awards, including the Vietnam Golden Ball award on four occasions.
  • With Vietnam's women’s national football team, Nhu won gold during the SEA Games in 2017, 2019 and 2022, as well as during the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.

Vietnamese football star Huynh Nhu is set to become the first female Vietnamese football player to join a European football team.

Nhu, a 30-year-old forward player and the captain of Vietnam’s women’s national football team, traveled to Portugal on Monday in preparation for signing with Länk FC Vilaverdense, a Portuguese football club, for a two-year contract.

Notre Dame announces Asian American sophomore Tyler Buchner as starting quarterback

  • Tyler Buchner, an Asian American sophomore playing for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, has been tapped to lead the intercollegiate football team as its starting quarterback during the 2022 season opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 3.
  • Buchner, 19, beat Notre Dame junior Drew Pyne for the position.
  • The team announced the news at a press conference on Saturday.
  • “Drew made it extremely difficult. Those guys both can give us a chance to win both of them,” Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman told reporters. “We just think that Tyler brings an element, a dynamic element with his feet, the ability to extend plays to have a QB running game that really kind of added into this decision.”
  • Buchner, a four-star recruit out of La Jolla, California, was recently declared by ESPN as one of the 25 most important players in the College Football Playoff race.
  • As a first-year student at Notre Dame, Buchner played 10 games as a backup during the 2021 season, where he completed three touchdowns with three interceptions as well as 21-of-35 passes for 298 yards. He also notably rushed 46 times for 336 yards.

Asian American university sophomore Tyler Buchner is set to play as the starting quarterback in the 2022 season opener against Ohio State next month, the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, announced over the weekend.

In a press conference on Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced that Buchner, 19, will be playing as its starting quarterback when the intercollegiate football team faces off against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 3. Buchner beat Notre Dame junior Drew Pyne for the position.