Ji Sung Park

박지성 / Park Ji Sung

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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 Ji Sung Park's Career

Early career[edit]

He grew up in Suwon ,a satellite city 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Seoul. He began playing football during his fourth year of elementary school. During this time, Park was known as one of the greatest young talents in South Korea and was being looked at by a number of different clubs. He was well known for his excellent work rate , mesmerising dribbling and pinpoint passes. While in high school (March 1996 – February 1999), he helped his high school team win the national championship in 1998, though he was at that point rejected by a number of professional clubs and universities, due to his small stature, however, his fitness coach, Sam Y. Kim suggested Park should continue to pursue a career in football. He ended up playing for Myongji University after his high school coach strongly recommended him to the university coach.

On 5 April 2000, in a 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Laos , Park made his debut as a member of the national team, along with Lee Chun-soo . In June 2000, while he was a national team member and a second year student at Myongji University, Kyoto Purple Sanga of Japan offered Park a contract and he took the offer though he was still a relative unknown. Park was the first instance of a relatively unknown Korean player being offered a contract by a Japanese club.

In September 2000, at the 2000 Summer Olympics , his Olympics team failed to advance to the knockout stage, and the Korea national football team replaced head coach Huh Jung-moo with Guus Hiddink .

Kyoto Purple Sanga[edit]

In June 2000, Park signed with the Kyoto-based then J. League Division 2 side Kyoto Purple Sanga . In the spring of 2000, hearing that there was a rising star in Korea, Bunji Kimura , Sanga's coach at the time, visited Korea along with other scouts. In a practice game, the rising star did not attract their attention, whereas Park did. In an interview, Kimura said:

The team went on to win the match 2–1 to become the Emperor's Cup champions for the first time in Sanga's history. This was Park's last game for Sanga. In January 2003, he left Sanga as Guus Hiddink invited him to play for PSV Eindhoven .

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Having been a top contributor of goals and assists that season, the highlight of Park's PSV career came when he scored the first goal against Italian team Milan in the Champions League semi-finals. PSV went on to win the home leg 3–1, but their 2–0 loss during the away leg meant Milan advanced to the final .

PSV fans were so enamoured with Park that they wrote a song about him entitled "Song for Park", which was included on the official PSV albumPSV Kampioen.

Manchester United[edit]

Park during the Manchester derby on 10 February 2008

(the first was Dong Fangzhuo ).

On 5 February 2006, Park appeared to have scored his first Premier League goal, against Fulham in United's 4–2 victory at Old Trafford .However, the Premier League's Dubious Goals Panel later ruled that this was an own goal due to a deflection off the Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra . On 9 April 2006, Park scored his first official league goal, netting the second of a 2–0 home win over Arsenal .

Although sidelined by injury for most of the season, he still played in enough matches to become the first South Korean player to win the Premier League.

but he proved his worth when he delivered an assist to Wayne Rooney in the Champions League quarter-final match against Roma . On 29 April 2008, Manchester United advanced to the Champions League Final after beating Barcelona . However, Park was excluded from the squad to face Chelsea in the final; manager Alex Ferguson later stated that leaving him out was one of the hardest decisions he had had to make throughout his managerial career.

Park was included in the 23-man squad for the FIFA Club World Cup held at the end of 2008. He missed the semi-final but played the full 90 minutes in the final which they won 1–0 becoming the first English side to win the competition. On 7 March 2009, Park scored his first FA Cup goal in the 4–0 quarter-final win over Fulham at Craven Cottage , he latched onto a misplaced pass by Zoltán Gera eventually slotting it into the far corner for the fourth and final goal.On 15 April 2009, Manchester United advanced to semi-finals of the Champions League by defeating Porto 3–2 on aggregate. This made Park the only Asian player to be part of UEFA Champions League semi-finals on four different occasions.

Park during the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final on 27 May 2009

Park became the first Asian player in history to play in a Champions League Final.

On 21 March 2010, Park scored a crucial winner in the derby against Liverpool , turning in Darren Fletcher 's right-wing cross with a diving header.On 4 May 2010, Park committed himself to United by openly claiming he would like to spend the rest of career with them, saying "There is no reason to move to any other team."On 9 May 2010, Park netted on the final day of the season, scoring a close-range diving header against Stoke City to wrap up a 4–0 win.

Park during a match against Fulham on 22 August 2010

On 13 December, Park netted the only goal of the match against Arsenal ,a looping header, his fourth goal in seven starts against them.Park jetted off to captain South Korea in the 2011 Asian Cup and missed seven games for United after the turn of the year.Upon his return the subsequent tournament, he was ruled out for one month due to an hamstring injury which occurred during training. He returned to action for the first time since Boxing Day on 2 April, playing 64 minutes of a 4–2 away win over West Ham United .Park scored his first goal since the turn of the year when he scored the winning goal in the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Chelsea, ending in a 2–1 win (3–1 on aggregate).He also scored a goal and set up the second goal for Anderson in the last match of the season against Blackpool. Park played in another Champions League Final, against Barcelona in 2011, which United lost 3–1. During the USA tour, Park scored in a 4–1 win against the New England Revolution and in a 7–0 win against Seattle Sounders. In the last USA tour game, which Manchester United won 4–0, Park was named the man of the match after scoring a goal on the stroke of half-time.

On 28 August 2011, Park scored the sixth goal in an 8–2 home win against Arsenal , shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute. Park made his first start of the season in the Premier League in a 2–0 home win against Norwich City . Late on in the game he was involved in a neat one-two with Danny Welbeck in the creation of United's second goal of the day, which Welbeck finished. On 26 December 2011 Park scored an early goal in United's 5–0 home win against Wigan with a neat side foot finish from Patrice Evra 's cutback. He also won the penalty that wrapped up the win which Dimitar Berbatov scored to complete his hat-trick. In an FA Cup fourth round clash against Liverpool, Park scored an equalising goal with a low finish from a Rafael cross to make it 1–1; however, United went on to lose the tie.

On 5 February 2012, Park made his 200th appearance for Manchester United by coming on as a substitute in the 86th minute against Chelsea. He became the 92nd player in the history of the club to reach the milestone. On 23 February 2012, Park captained Manchester United for the first time from the beginning of a match in a 2–1 home defeat to Ajax in the Europa League. Although the match ended in a defeat, United still advanced to the Round of 16 with a 3–2 aggregate score. On 30 April 2012, Park played in the Manchester derby, in a game that was widely perceived as crucial to Manchester United's title defence. Manchester United lost the game 1–0 and Manchester City went on to win the Premier League title.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

He made his debut in a 5–0 defeat at home to Swansea City on the opening day of the season on 18 August 2012.

Park's first season with QPR was largely unsuccessful. Despite initially being made club captain, a combination of injuries and lack of form meant that Park was unable to have the kind of impact that was expected after his signing from Manchester United. Park finished the season with only 20 Premier League appearances and no goals, as QPR were relegated from the top flight of English football.

Return to PSV and retirement[edit]

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 Ji Sung Park's International career

Park began his international career for South Korea as a 19-year-old defensive midfielder and made his first appearance selection during 2000 Sydney Olympics U-23 regional qualifier. Selected by then manager, Huh Jung-moo , for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Park was unable to improve or show potential. However, when Guus Hiddink became the head coach of South Korea, Park's position was shifted to that of a winger ; since then, he has become a versatile player able to play in a variety of positions: central, right and left midfield, as well as wing-forward.

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

and drew against USA. In order to advance, they had to manage a draw at the least against favoured Portugal side. The game was 0–0 until the 70th minute following two red cards against Portugal, when Park scored the match winner, controlling the ball with his chest and beating Sérgio Conceição before volleying it through the legs of Portugal goalkeeper Vitor Baia and into the net with his left foot. His goal eliminated Portugal and advanced South Korea into the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time. South Korea eventually made it to the semifinals with victories over Italy and Spain, becoming the first Asian team to do so in the history of the FIFA World Cup. Park scored the second penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Spain, which South Korea won 5-3

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

and was voted Man of the match .Between these two World Cup Finals, his shirt number shifted from 21 to 7, and he played in every fixture.

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

He became the first Asian to score in three consecutive World Cup finals and became Asia's joint all-time leading scorer in the FIFA World Cup with three goals, alongside compatriot Ahn Jung-hwan and Sami Al-Jaber of Saudi Arabia .

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Park was nominated as the tournament's MVP alongside Mark Schwarzer , Keisuke Honda and Server Djeparov .The award was eventually won by Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda.On 31 January, Park confirmed his retirement from international football to make way for younger players with "enormous potential".

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 Ji Sung Park's Style of play

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 Ji Sung Park's Career statistics

Club[edit]

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Kyoto Purple Sanga 2000 13 1 1 0 2 0 16 1
2001 38 3 1 0 1 0 40 3
2002 25 7 4 1 0 0 29 8
Total761161308512
PSV Eindhoven 2002–03 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2003–04 28 6 1 0 10 0 1 0 40 6
2004–05 28 7 3 2 13 2 0 0 44 11
Total651342232109317
2005–06 34 1 2 0 3 1 6 0 45 2
2006–07 14 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 20 5
2007–08 12 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 18 1
2008–09 25 2 3 1 1 0 9 1 2 0 40 4
2009–10 17 3 0 0 2 0 6 1 1 0 26 4
2010–11 15 5 1 0 2 2 9 1 1 0 28 8
2011–12 17 2 1 1 3 0 7 0 0 0 28 3
Total134191421134234020527
Queens Park Rangers 2012–13 20 0 3 0 2 0 25 0
Total2003020250
PSV Eindhoven (loan) 2013–14 23 2 0 0 4 0 27 2
Total2320040272
Career total318452751636955043558

Accurate as of 3 May 2014.

International[edit]

National teamYearFriendlyCompetitiveTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
South Korea U23 1999 4 1 4 0 8 1
2000 7 2 3 0 10 2
2002 0 0 3 0 3 0
2004 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total113120233
South Korea 2000 7 1 8 0 15 1
2001 7 0 3 0 10 0
2002 5 2 10 1 15 3
2003 1 0 0 0 1 0
2004 2 0 6 0 8 0
2005 3 0 5 1 8 1
2006 3 0 5 1 8 1
2007 2 0 0 0 2 0
2008 1 0 6 3 7 3
2009 5 0 5 2 10 2
2010 7 1 4 1 11 2
2011 0 0 5 0 5 0
Total43457910013

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 Ji Sung Park's Honours

Club[edit]

Kyoto Purple Sanga
  • J. League Division 2 (1): 2001
  • Emperor's Cup (1): 2002
PSV Eindhoven
  • Eredivisie (2): 2002–03 , 2004–05
  • KNVB Cup (1): 2004–05
  • Johan Cruijff-schaal (1): 2003
Manchester United
  • Premier League (4): 2006–07 , 2007–08 , 2008–09 , 2010–11
  • Football League Cup (3): 2005–06 , 2008–09 , 2009–10
  • FA Community Shield (4): 2007 , 2008 , 2010 , 2011
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008

National team[edit]

South Korea
  • FIFA World Cup fourth place: 2002

Individual[edit]

  • Peace Cup Golden Ball (1): 2003

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 Ji Sung Park's See also

  • List of South Korean footballers
  • South Korea national football team
  • List of Koreans
  • List of Korea-related topics

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 Ji Sung Park's Notes

  1. ^Includes other competitive competitions, including the Johan Cruijff-schaal , FA Community Shield , UEFA Super Cup , Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup

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 Ji Sung Park's Further reading

  • Park Ji-Sung (7 March 2006).Neverending Challenge(in Korean). Random House Korea . ISBN   89-5986-529-X . 

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