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Ji-Sung Park


Park Ji-Sung is a South Korean footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Queens Park Rangers, for whom he serves as captain. He was also the captain of the South Korean national team until his retirement from international football. 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. Park followed his National team manager Guus Hiddink to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven a year later. He helped PSV reach the semi-finals of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League. The highlight of Park's PSV career came when he scored the first goal against Italian team Milan in the Champions League semi-finals. Towards the end of the 2004–05 season, Park chose to join Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United for £4 million. Park became the first Asian to ever captain Manchester United when he took the armband from Ryan Giggs during a Champions League home group match against Lille on 18 October 2005. On 1 March 2008, Park scored his first league goal of the 2007–08 season after returning from his long-term injury against Fulham. Early in the 2008–09 Premier League season, in an away match versus Chelsea, Park scored the only goal for United in a 1–1 draw on 21 September 2008, in a game which he also won the Man of the Match award. On 13 December 2008, he made his 100th appearance for Manchester United, starting in the match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in July 2012 and was named as captain for the 2012–13 season. 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.  
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