January 19, 2021 10:52
Former football star Park Ji-sung will join Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K-League as an adviser.
Jeonbuk has won the K-League a record eight times.
"We offered Park an advisory job, which he gladly accepted. We recently finished discussions on what role he will play," a Jeonbuk staffer said on Monday.
Park is expected to share his experience playing in Europe and help the Korean club learn the advanced management systems of prestigious European clubs.
Park played as a member of the Korean national team in three World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He helped the Korean team advance to the semifinals in the 2002 World Cup, which Korea and Japan co-hosted, and to the round of 16 in South Africa in 2010 -- the first time Korea reached that stage of the quadrennial event on foreign turf.
In 2003, he moved from Kyoto Purple Sanga in Japan to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, where he played until 2005. He then joined Manchester United in the English Premier League and played a major role for Alex Ferguson's side for seven years until 2012, rising to global stardom.
After retiring in 2014, he completed the FIFA Master Course, a program on sports management and administration. In 2017 he took an administrative post at the Korea Football Association in charge of its youth strategy, but resigned after just a year.
Park never played in the K-League, as he joined a Japanese club right after graduating from Myongji University in 2000.
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