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ASIA CUP: How Is Park Getting On?

South Korea 2 – 1 Bahrain
Attendance: 6,669

Ji-Sung Park was captain and played just behind the striker Ji Dong-Won. It was left winger Koo Ja-Cheol who scored both the goals though.

Australia 1 – 1 South Korea
Attendance: 15,526

Park played the same role and Koo Ja-Cheol scored the only goal again.

South Korea 4 – 1 India
Attendance: 11,366
Ji Dong-Won and Koo Ja-Cheol put South Korea 2-0 up after 9 minutes before India pulled back a goal with a penalty in the 12th minute. Ji Dong-Won scored to make it 3-1 before Son Heung-Min made it 4.

As it stands, South Korea will play Iran in the quarter-finals, potentially facing Uzbekistan or Jordan in the semis.

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  1. smartalex says:

    When I heard Chelsea wanted Pienaar, I was laughing, now I’m in hysterics!
    HaHaHaHaHa. Big club, chelsea… hahahahaha!

  2. mufc4life says:

    park coming back a winner wil be more of a boost than him losin out there . mon parky son

  3. smartalex says:

    city vs Leicester City tonight. Starts in half an hour? I think….

  4. K-TR7 says:

    U4L I may be in the minority camp on this but i usually get the same thrill watching a perfectly timed last ditch tackle as i do when watching a goal scored.i remember feeling the same emotions when eto’o ko’d the chavs last season as i did watching samuel make last ditch tackles to deny lampard/malouda clear goal scoring opportunities.i hate the ‘arry hotspuds so i got chills watching vidic throw his body at everything.thats the art of defending.

  5. smartalex says:

    Agreed. Silverware begets Silverware. I’m sure Ji can convince South Korea (the country is putty in his hands) to let him bring the Trophy ‘home’.

  6. Mickjk says:

    K-T7R I agree with your comments and other folks too. I think what should be done is that American thing that someone mentioned. It’s a shame because most ‘football fans’ don’t realise quality defending though. I mean I argued with a load of ABU colleagues, when the question to name a world class English player was posed. Instead of going for your obvious couple I mentioned Rio ferdy5 twitter maniac and they laughed me out of the place. The guy is outstanding he reads the game so well and knows what his opponent will do a week before his opponent has even decided, he’s as graceful and patient with the ball as your likely to see, always wins an aerial battle, great influence on the pitch and has conceded what 1 foul in about 40 years. Not to mention the team he plays for have been unbeaten since he’s taken his position back and have conceded just 1 goal in the creme de la creme of club football. How can that talent not be recognised by anyone? FIFA hates the PL and it constantly shows with their favour or continental teams and players. Disgrace.

  7. smartalex says:

    fantastic! city have their 1st team on the pitch, as expected. So much money spent, so many players bought. Where are they? These players will have another game added to their burn-out-bonus.

    city 0:0 Leicester City
    1 minute played.

  8. UNITED4life says:

    K-TR7-i understand your point but it is only the defender plays for your team..remember the CL final at OT b/n AC vs Juve..the defence was excellent for both teams but it was the worst final in years and fans of other team including me never enjoy such when it comes to such awards i think it is natural fans want creative/attacking players to win it..let me ask you this do you want to watch Barca or jose’s chelsea?

  9. willierednut says:

    City fans have went to wastelands in fancy dress, as empty seats, boom boom!

  10. redrider says:

    Talented players in India rarely make it into football. They strut their skills in some low level competitions, and then they worry about gettin settled and eventually quit the game. I know a lot of guys in my state Kerala who can make the current national team think about playing again. Unfortunately, the goddamn population is so hell bent on promoting a stupid waste of time called cricket. Sucks. :’-(

  11. smartalex says:

    Leicester could have had 3 in the first 10 minutes.

  12. smartalex says:

    city 1:0 Leicester City Tevez

    That’s ok. Break city’s hearts when Leicester equalize.

  13. smartalex says:

    Penalty for Leicester City!

  14. Sanj says:

    1-1 hahaha

  15. smartalex says:

    city 1:1 Leicester City
    20 minute played.

  16. K-TR7 says:

    U4L Fair enough.barca are a delight to watch and that juve milan final was regarded as poor.however the point am making is that defending should also be applauded.not parking the bus type but brilliant artful defending that italians are famed for.

  17. K-TR7 says:

    Mickjk i agree on rio.he reads the game so well that he doesn’t even have to tackle.i can’t even remember the last time he was booked.this season ive only seen him commit 1 foul in the w.brom game when he conceded a penalty.he is the beauty to vidic’s beast and thats why you are rock solid at the a goon its frustrating to see vermy who is our best CB out,djourou playing so many games in a row despite missing the whole of last season,squillaci is out but yet Aw isn’t signing anyone.he neglects the defense most of the time.two years ago rosicky broke down for 18 months and he immediately went for AA.he like many football purists neglect the defensive side of the game and it may be our undoing again this season.

  18. smartalex says:

    city 3:1 Leicester City
    40 minute played.

  19. bchilds says:

    It’s not nice to wish unfortune on one of our own players but I hope South Korea get knocked out! Park will still need a week or so rest anyway after the long flight and a quick run of games so the sooner he’s back at Carrington the better.

  20. TonyBee says:

    How are the KYNG brothers getting on in Asia….you know FUH and WAN…. also heard WUN HUNG LOW is scraping by…….

  21. willierednut says:

    The cream of sum yum guy.

  22. MG says:

    And city have won the FA cup

    No sorry to burst the bubble just got out of the 3rd round lol :)

  23. smartalex says:

    city 3:2 Leicester City
    87 minute played.

  24. smartalex says:

    city 4:2 Leicester City Kolarov
    87 minute played.

  25. UNITED4life says:

    this guy tevez is scoaring for fun..shocking pen though..he is a player you always want to be in your team.

  26. RedScot says:

    Jaysus just listening to Robbie Savage on Espn talking up City he fucking makes me want to puke.
    He is a provocative twat. I hate him.
    He just angers me watching his tirade of nonesense.

  27. Costas says:


    Heh, I prefer Berb though. :)

  28. UNITED4life says:


    hey man! i know you are Berba’s big fan and to his credit he improved this season.

  29. willierednut says:

    Has Tevez been watching Rooneys penalty’s? Leicester played well, great away support for a midweek game.

  30. Costas says:


    Yeah but a bigger United fan than a Berba one obviously, lol. Yeah he has improved, but I am a bit bothered by our goalscoring in recent games. After the Blackburn game, we’ve scored no more than 2 goals in our games.

  31. UNITED4life says:

    Costas-i think that we managed only few goals in most part down to our creativity in is not that the strickers missed that many chances..we lack creativity and scholes was a big miss in that period.

  32. Costas says:


    Yeah we’ve missed him on that department. It’s not always about assists or goalscoring nowdays. Just the way he controls our tempo and sets up attacking moves. I am sure the Reserves would like him to play for them every week after yesterday, lol.

  33. UNITED4life says:

    Costas-I hope this summer we will give that department a long over due attention..i don’t think we will go on like this for another season..btw the retur of Valencia will gie us some option as well.

  34. UNITED ROAD says:

    I saw the three games for korea ,park did well he was soooooooo fast they will face Iran in the next match I really wish him all the best & also missed him at united :(

  35. smartalex says:

    That’s great to hear, thanks. Do they stand a good chance of going all the way?

  36. mltezr says:

    cmon Australia.

  37. KJ says:

    I’m from Bahrain so I’m gutted that we didn’t make it through. We played really well against Park and co as well. I’ll be backing him all that way for sure though.

  38. smartalex says:

    Hello there Bahraini. What can you tell us about Park at the tournament?

  39. Dave Malaysia says:

    I want Park Ji Sung to win the Asian Cup,celebrate with his country,retire from international duty on a high, focus on Manchester United ,after a deserved rest,come back into the team and continue where he left off,take it into another higher level and play for years with us.

    The trustworthy ,loyal ,hardworking ,never say die atitude ,brilliant goals when we need it player.

    Love and respect. True Red. God Bless.

  40. Jeet says:

    MyCowIsTheBest says:
    off topic but Steven Pienaar chose Spurs over Chelsea hahahahahaha

    MCTB – he probably has a GF/wife who doesnt want to be part of “his” team……….:)

  41. Red Typhoon says:

    Hey guys, let me teel you…i am here in Qatar and i have watched all games Korea have played…not that i am Korean..but…it’s coz of our boy Mr. Park… :)

    Atmosphere that you get on Tv does not really do justice when you are actually in the stadium though. But seriously, attendances are really bad anyway!! Anyway not as near as atmospheric as The Theatre Of Dreams though on a European Night!! :)

    I am going to the hotel tonite or every other day to see if Park is hanging around to get a pic taken with him and also an autograph. Wish me luck guys..need me to pass a message too him??

  42. Red Typhoon says:’s let me tell* you….not teel you..LOL

  43. ROONEY MAKUEI says:

    j.s.park well done to bring asia cup to south korea and to show the world were you are coming from england of manchester united

  44. smartalex says:

    Red Typhoon
    Good luck mate! And wish Ji the best of tournaments for all us RoMmers. Tell him to come back healthy and raring to go!

  45. Utdforever says:

    Always laughed at those who used to slag off Ji and some still do. He’s a top little football who scores vital goals in big games and works like a bloody horse. Can’t figure out how some fans don’t rate him but he fits in really well at Utd with his strong work ethic, clever runs and crucial goals.. great little player and a pleasure to watch. Good luck Ji, hope you come home soon pal as we need you in our midfield engine.


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