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Park Ji-Sung

Park Ji-Sung
Personal information
Full namePark Ji-Sung
Date of birth25 February 1981(age 36)
Place of birthSeoul, South Korea
Height1.77 m
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubManchester United

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Park Ji-Sung (Hangul: ; Hanja: ; -kopak̚t͈ɕisʌŋ; born 25 February 1981) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United. He was also the captain of the South Korean national team until his retirement from international football. He is the most decorated footballer in Asian history, as the first Asian player to have won the Champions League trophy and the first Asian to have played in a final of the UEFA Champions League.

Park began his football career in his native South Korea and played for the Myongji University team before moving to Japan to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga. After Park's national team manager Guus Hiddink moved back to the Netherlands to manage PSV Eindhoven, Park followed him to the Dutch side a year later. After PSV reached the semi-finals of the 2004 05 UEFA Champions League, Park's talents were recognised by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and he signed Park for a fee of around £4 million in July 2005. Since then, Park has won the Premier League four times and has also won the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Park is able to play anywhere across the midfield and is noted for his exceptional fitness level, discipline, work ethic and off-the-ball movement.

As a member of the South Korean national team, Park won 100 caps and scored 13 goals, and was a member of the team that finished fourth at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He also represented his nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was captain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Park scored in all three consecutive tournaments (the first South Korean and only second Asian player to do so) and is currently Asia's joint all-time leading goalscorer at the FIFA World Cup finals with three goals, alongside compatriot Ahn Jung-Hwan, and Saudi Arabia's Sami Al-Jaber. Park retired from international football after the 2011 Asian Cup.

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