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Ji-Sung Park

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Park Ji-Sung (Hangul: 박지성) (born February 25, 1981 in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do plays for the English club Manchester United in the Premier League, as well as the South Korean national football team.

Park's success in the World Cup continued into the 2006 tournament. He scored the equalising goal in the 2nd Group G Match against eventual finalists France in the 2006 FIFA World Cup 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 match for South Korea.

Park's first professional contract was at J-League's Kyoto Purple Sanga in 2000. He was the first Korean footballer ever to go straight to the J-League without first playing for the K-League. In 2001 the club won the Division 2 championships and promoted to the first division. In 2002, Park led the team into the finals of the Emperor's Cup, and scored the equalier with a header in the final match. The team went on to win the match 2-1 to become the champions of Japan for the first time in Sanga's history. He left the J-League following the World Cup.

In the closing months of the 2004-05 season, Park was vigorously scouted by top football clubs in the English Premier League and the Italian Serie A, of which the most keen were Chelsea and Manchester United. He chose to join Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, who was impressed with Park's lively style of play, terrific pace, and unparalled fitness . On June 22, 2005 Park signed for English Premiership side Manchester United from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for £4 million, subject to a medical and work permit. His work permit was initially denied, but was granted on July 5 following an appeal from United.

In April 2007, Park was sent to America for surgery on a recurring knee injury, putting an end to his season. Ferguson has stated that he should be fit by December 2007 or January 2008.



 


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