Korean players who have made it to the big leagues in Europe usually have good numbers.
In soccer, shirt numbers mean a lot. You can usually tell at a glance if a player is a “starter” or not by their number. It’s not 100% accurate, but in general, good numbers are given to players with a strong position.
For example, the number 7 is an offensive ace and the number 3 is a starting defender. Korean players who have played in the top five European leagues (England, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy) are most often associated with the number 7 and 3. In addition, the numbers 9, 10, 4, 5, etc. have also graced the jerseys of Korean players.
The most famous number 7 is Son Heung-min. He has worn the number 7 since his days at Leverkusen in Germany, where he won the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League (UCL). He also wore the number 7 when he moved to Tottenham in the English Premier League (EPL) in the summer of 2015. Like his social media (SNS) ID “hm_son7,” the number 7 has become an iconic number for Son Heung-min.
Park Ji-sung also wore the number 7 in the big leagues. When he left Manchester United for Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the summer of 2012, he was handed the number 7 shirt and captain’s armband. He became the first official captain of the Korean Premier League. Although not in the big leagues, Park Ji-Sung also wore the number 7 when he played for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. 메이저사이트
Seol Ki-hyun also wore the number 7. Seol wore the number 7 and SEOL on his back when he played for Fulham from 2007 to 2009. He wore the number 19 at Wolverhampton and Reading before joining Fulham, so he had high expectations at the club.
Lee Jae-sung also wears the number 7. Playing in the German Bundesliga, Lee wore the number 7 for three seasons with Holstein Kiel in the 2. Bundesliga before moving to Mainz in the 1. Bundesliga, where he wore the number 7 for three consecutive seasons. He recently signed a three-year contract extension through 2026, so his big league No. 7 career will continue.
The number 3 is symbolic of the starting defense. Kim Min-jae, who joined Bayern Munich from Napoli in Italy this summer, naturally received the number 3 jersey. “The number 3 is a special number,” Kim said in an interview with the Korea Football Association (KFA) while at Napoli. He also wore the number 3 while playing for Jeonbuk Hyundai in the K League and Turkkiye Fenerbahçe, and after Italy, he took the number 3 to Germany.
Lee Young-pyo also wore the number 3 in the big leagues. He wore the number 3 in his second and third years with Tottenham, and also received the number 3 in the 2008-09 season when he moved to Dortmund in Germany. Lee’s Dortmund number 3 was taken over by Park Joo-ho starting in the 2015-16 season.