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Postby yimmy » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:20 am

It looks like park got injured during training, tore an ankle ligament and will be out for 3 months. He will most likely miss all of the Champions league group stage games and 8 league games. Too bad. :(

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Postby cowreihhah » Sun Oct 08, 2006 5:32 pm

yimmy wrote:It looks like park got injured during training, tore an ankle ligament and will be out for 3 months. He will most likely miss all of the Champions league group stage games and 8 league games. Too bad. :(


any update on his injury? 3 months is a long time i hope he recovers fast, would be fun to see him play in champions leauge.

Is there any korean player that ever played in CL btw?

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Postby yimmy » Sun Oct 08, 2006 6:10 pm

cowreihhah wrote:
yimmy wrote:It looks like park got injured during training, tore an ankle ligament and will be out for 3 months. He will most likely miss all of the Champions league group stage games and 8 league games. Too bad. :(


any update on his injury? 3 months is a long time i hope he recovers fast, would be fun to see him play in champions leauge.

Is there any korean player that ever played in CL btw?


He said the surgery went well and he's looking forward to playing again in late december.

Park JS and Lee Young Pyo. They were part of the PSV Eindhoven team that made it to the semi finals of the CL during the 2004-2005 season. Oh yeah and I believe Lee Eul Yong also played in a CL qualifier while he was at Trazbonspor. I think Seol Ki Hyeon also played in the CL while he was at Anderlecht. He may have scored a goal or two.

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Postby Holyjoe » Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:46 pm

There are rumours (started in the Scotsman newspaper, it seems) suggesting that Aston Villa may make a move for Park in January, as well as David Beckham and Celtic's Sean Maloney.

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Postby Holyjoe » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:19 pm

Praise from Alex Ferguson today:

The big blow to us really was Ji- Sung Park¡¯s injury. Ji-Sung Park is probably one of the most under rated players I¡¯ve ever had at this club and the players love him, even all the staff say ¡®you can¡¯t leave Ji-Sung Park out your team¡¯. Ji-Sung has become a very, very important player in this club. We¡¯ve lost him for 3 months but you lose players in the Premiership, that¡¯s why you need a squad. So I think the squad we had, when the season started, I was happy with.¡±

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Postby cowreihhah » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:28 pm

Wow strong words, will be interesting to see Park cope with it when he comes back, looking forward to see him in the CL later on

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Postby cowreihhah » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:37 am

park totally destroyed aston villa today, he was like a korean godzilla to their defence

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Postby nzfooty » Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:54 am

Man Utd 2-0 Charlton

A goal each from Ji-Sung Park and Darren Fletcher ensured a disjointed Manchester United beat Charlton.

Park headed Patrice Evra's cross into the bottom corner on 24 minutes, after earlier being denied when Scott Carson superbly tipped over his fierce drive.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/footbal ... 327087.stm

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Postby Holyjoe » Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:35 am

Looks like he's out for a while...

Park undergoes knee surgery in US

Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

The operation was conducted by renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman in the United States.

"We couldn't get to the bottom if it. It does put an end to his season," said United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Park has not played since 31 March and newspaper reports suggested he could be sidelined for a year, but the club have played down those rumours.

Dr Steadman is renowned for his work with a host of sports stars.

Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer are among those to have visited him, along with England cricketers Michael Vaughan and Simon Jones.

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Postby rothkowitz » Sat Apr 28, 2007 2:16 pm

Fucking Park Ji Sung.

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Yeah,that's right.Triple eyeroll.

Due to the leniency of refs towards ManPoo his function in the team is to draw fouls.Saw an article about him on Korean TV and I've got to say,he's not too bad at it.he even admitted to such back at the World Cup.

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Postby nzfooty » Sat May 19, 2007 8:27 pm

Park in SKorea to recuperate after operation

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May 18, 2007
SEOUL (AFP) - Injured Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung arrived in South Korea Friday to recuperate after a knee operation in the United States, his agent said.

Park was operated on at a hospital in Colorado on April 28 by knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman, who helped save the careers of Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.

He would stay at his home in Suwon, south of Seoul, to recuperate, his Korean agent Park Hyon-Joon told Yonhap news agency.

Manchester United said Park had a complicated cartilage operation and would miss Saturday's FA Cup final, adding that they would assess his condition in August.

Park injured his right knee in a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers on April 1.

The absence of Park and possibly of another injured Premier League player, Lee Yong-Pyo, looks set to hit the national team's chances in the Asian Cup in July

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Postby Holyjoe » Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:21 am

If he features against Tottenham this weekend then Park will make his 100th appearance for United. That's not bad going and when you add nine goals and ten assists and a shitload of trophies then he's had a bloody good run, overlooking the Champions League final omission.

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Postby Ghost » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:41 am

He seems indeed to be in a very good condition. He is playing quite often despite fierce competition and the critics for him have been excellent. I hope he will be spared from injuries, then we can expect great things from him. In the next Champions League final, we will play. :-D
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Postby Holyjoe » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:18 pm

Park's set to be offered a new four-year deal at Manchester United, so it'll be a while yet before he's in a position to join Ansan OB.

We'll get him eventually, or just sign the cheaper Bucheon Park Ji-sung instead.

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Postby Holyjoe » Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:38 pm

Interesting article... although of course Park didn't get off the bench for yesterday's Carling Cup triumph.

Park Ji-sung: the true player's player

Jamie Jackson charts the rise of the best Asian to have played in English football, Park Ji-sung of Manchester United

Park Ji-sung had never felt such crushing disappointment as when he stood in the Manchester United dressing room at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium last May. His United team-mates were about to play Chelsea in the first all-English European Cup final on a rain-soaked night in the Russian capital. And Park was still in his suit.

Despite having played every minute of the quarter- and semi-finals, Park was dropped, and did not even get on the bench. Sir Alex Ferguson called it the hardest decision of his career.

Avram Grant, Chelsea's manager that night, says he was less surprised than the Korean. "In the semi-final against Barcelona, who pass well, Sir Alex needed a hard worker to chase. But he played 4-4-2 that night against Chelsea, he wanted something different."

The Korean media still refer to it as the "Moscow nightmare". Immediately after United had won a third European Cup, Park said: "The team won so I am happy. Personally it is frustrating not to play in such a big game. But there will be other opportunities."

Admirably dignified. Yet the thought occurs that Park's demeanour might have influenced Ferguson's thinking. There are plenty of big egos in the United dressing room, but Ferguson knew he would get no trouble from Park over the decision.

Park, who turned 28 on Wednesday, is certainly self-effacing. A trawl through the archives for anything said since his arrival at United from Guus Hiddink's PSV Eindhoven in 2005 reveals scant pickings from a man who now has two Premier League titles and might claim a second League Cup winners' medal today against Spurs at Wembley.

He says little, despite having improved his English considerably. Yet he is not soft, having won arguments with his former agents, FS Corporation – they sued in 2006 after his father took control – and Hiddink, over his move from PSV. Park also convinced dubious PSV fans of his quality when a knee injury sidelined him after joining Hiddink, the mastermind of South Korea's 2002 World Cup semi-final team, in January 2003.

Rio Ferdinand, United's captain in Moscow, has no doubts about Park. His nickname in his homeland is Mickey Mouse or Sweet Potato – common for Koreans with rugged good looks – but among his team's followers he is known as Three Lungs. "He's a real players' player," says Ferdinand. "Up there with best in world for movement, and so intelligent and direct with runs off the ball. His work-rate is unreal, he adds a dimension no other player brings to the team. He's underrated, a real top player."

And despite a cooling of their relationship Hiddink still has admiration. "People were surprised I took him to Europe," says Chelsea's new head coach. "He does dirty work for the bigger stars. I appreciate those people, always. His skills? He is tireless, can go for 90 minutes, he's a smart player and is very determined."

Grant concurs. "He is a hard worker who balances out the more creative players. He's not a top scorer but can fight for the team. Sir Alex needs a player like this." Park's father, Sung-jong, a guiding influence and a man not shy of offering his insights, is sure of Park's self-determination. "It was all by his will," he says of the transfer to United. "My son said, 'I want to play there,' when he was watching English football matches."

Sung-jong thought any Premier League club would do. But Park's insistence that it would be United – "even if I have to sit on the bench. I want to learn" – is one of the reasons why Ferguson likes him.

And while he has remained the quiet man, under-promoted in England since his move to Old Trafford, Park's arrival in Manchester completed his transformation into a mega-rich superstar in his homeland.

There are commercial deals with most major corporations, his 2006 autobiography Infinite Challenge sold well and made more millions, while his official fan club has over 87,000 paying members.

"Park Ji-sung is by far the most iconic sportsman in Korea and probably the most celebrated in the whole of the region," confirms Davide Grasso, the Asia-Pacific marketing vice-president of Nike whose tills are ringing because of their client.

"While Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney may be seen as higher profile in the UK, Park's popularity in Korea dwarfs theirs. And he was recently voted the most powerful and popular individual in sport by Koreans."

Park, born in Seoul in 1981 and brought up in Suwon, near the capital, is already preparing for retirement. He hopes to coach young players rather than tread the touchline, a choice affected by his father's own childhood. "Financially speaking I'm from a very difficult background," says Sung-jong, who met Park's mother Myung-ja while working in a Korea Metals factory. "I couldn't eat very well. That's probably why he wants to support young footballers."

Park's company JS Limited looks after developing talent and has invested in Star Plaza, a £13m complex in his home province of Gyeonggi – where he has also built a home for his parents – that will house a football academy.

Park attended Suwon Engineering school where concern over his stature – he is only 5ft 8in – faded once a coach recommended him for a university team. An impressive performance against South Korea under-23s caught the eye of a senior coach and he was in the squad for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In that same year Park moved to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga in Japan and became the star of Gert Engels' team. "I already knew that he had special talent," the German coach recalls. "I knew he was going to be a very good player. But I didn't realise he'd play for Manchester United."

Park helped Kyoto win their only Emperor's Cup, Japan's premier competition, in 2002 – the year his fame reached new heights in his homeland. "Oh yeah, he was very important, he had a tremendous World Cup," says Hiddink. "He scored a goal [the winner against Portugal] and also made some assists. Then, I took him to PSV."

In moving to Europe, Park was following Cha Bum-kun, his country's only other iconic footballer who scored 55 goals in 121 games for South Korea and won the Uefa Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen.

Park had a difficult start at PSV, and a complex relationship with his manager. "Hiddink was very different in Holland, the way he treated me and Lee Young-pyo [former Spurs left-back]," he once said. "Having been like a grandfather in Korea, he was more boss. When I'd heard of Holland, I was actually frightened because it's not at all familiar. I had to adjust myself."

Two months after signing, Park needed a knee operation, which angered PSV supporters unhappy about his form. This was a low point: Park despaired. "I had horrible pain constantly. It was really hard that I couldn't show myself when my club's matches were being broadcast to my own homeland. You know, the happiest moment was when I just played with a ball as a boy, carefree, without worrying about anything."

The Park family began to wonder about a return to Asia. "It's really different in Europe," his father says. "When Ji-sung couldn't do well people threw their drinks at him, insulted him. He thought that was strange."

But Ji-sung's toughness prevailed. "He said that he didn't want to hear that he'd failed," his father confirms and by the following season a fit Park was performing. It was up to him to prove himself in the Champions League, Hiddink recalls, and he did. "I was very pleased with his development."

Park announced himself to a wider European audience in PSV's run to the semi-finals in 2005. A team including Marc van Bommel and Phillip Cocu defeated Milan 3-1 in the second leg – Park scored the opener – only to be eliminated on away goals.

Park had also begun English lessons, though he was not confident enough to speak the language when he signed for United. "He's had English tutors since Holland," says his chatty father, who goes on to talk of romance and family life for his son. "He likes being in England because there are Korean female students. I want him to get married soon. I told him, 'Decide as you wish but don't meet a too pretty girl because she will be your lifetime hardship'."

The move to United might never have happened. When Sung-jong received a call regarding Ferguson's interest there was a clash with Hiddink, who wanted Park to sign for three more years at PSV, with the contract stipulating that he could not be sold for less than $10m. Hiddink also reminded Park of his and the club's close ties to Roman Abramovich. "Stay at PSV a little bit longer then move to Chelsea," he told him.

And, when this had no effect, Hiddink grumbled his message was not being communicated by Park's agents. "When I made my mind up for Manchester I felt that I had betrayed him," Park said. "I knew that Hiddink wanted me to stay, so I found it difficult."

Yet not for the first time Ferguson got his man. Park signed for around £4m and called Hiddink before the medical to thank him and assuage his conscience.

Again Park was nervous about the move, saying before he flew to England: "Maybe it will be a lot worse than I expect. But I cannot run away can I? My parents said it is already a big success that I could take part in the English Premier League."

Park's United career can be judged a success. In his first season there were 33 league starts, a debut league goal against Arsenal in April, and the first League Cup medal thanks to the 4-0 rout of Wigan.

And, despite being dropped by Ferguson in Moscow, he is now an integral part of the Scot's thinking. He played last week at the San Siro in United's goalless draw with Inter and is expected to start today. "He has been in fantastic form," Ferguson says. A new four-year deal is imminent, and away from the game Park has settled in Wilmslow, having bought his home from Patrice Evra.

The Frenchman is just one of the United team-mates Park is friendly with. In a local Korean restaurant there is a photograph of Park alongside Edwin van der Sar and Ruud van Nistelrooy. And, as Sung-jong happily recalls, his son has changed. "In Holland, he couldn't talk to his colleagues unless it was absolutely necessary for a year. But he's doing well in Manchester. He invited Wayne Rooney and other colleagues for dinner as well."

Thoughts of embarrassing pauses over post-prandial espressos can be banished. The boy from Suwon and the scally from Croxteth can talk about successes already shared, future glories to come.

And about Park's already storied life.


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