Park Ji-sung, Korea's first footballer to play for British Manchester United, resumed play full-time in an away game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, London, on Sunday. It was Park's 100th starting game since he made his debut in August 2005 in a Champion's League match against Debreceni of Hungary.
Celebrating the round number, Manchester United featured a special article titled "Focus on… Park Ji-sung" on its website. Not the biggest of players, he is not scared to put a challenge. The article quoted Mickey Thomas as saying, "He reminds me of a pinball machine because he's always bouncing off everybody!" "Maybe some fans don't see him as a star, but his team-mates will enjoy playing with him because he gives everything," he added.
Stressing Park's legendary stamina, the article says, "Even by modern football standards, Park's fitness levels are impressive. His capacity for scampering up and down the wing for 90 minutes earned him the nickname 'Oxygen Tank' at PSV, where he played for two years before joining United in 2005."
Park said he does not put too much meaning on the number 100 and is looking forward to many more with Manchester United.