Ji-sung Park Reviewed
After the Chelsea vs. Manchester United game played April 12, 2011 at Old Trafford for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League; I decided to write about Ji-sung Park. Arguably the best player on the field that day for his shear determination, Park terrorized Chelsea’s left flank.
After the game Korean friends commented about how awesome Park is. The fact is, Park isn’t awesome; he is a great workhorse who had some very good luck. He play’s a role for Manchester United, and he fit’s that role perfectly. We should actually congratulate Sir Alex Ferguson, for Park’s “greatness.” He saw in Park, what many coaches probably wouldn’t have seen, a secrete weapon! He integrated Park into the Manchester system, and created a player that we now see as, “awesome.”
Park is not a Messi, or a Rooney, and everyone knows that. However, the role Park play’s isn’t any less important then the role Messi or Rooney play. Park, has the relentless function of doing all the terrible hard labor, which nobody else wants to do. He gives 110% the entire game, and opens up space for his teammates to make runs, or score goals. Ji-sung Park is the type of player, opponents hate playing against, and great players like Rooney love playing with. Park is a simple playmaker, and relentless workhorse, and for those reasons, his rise through the ranks of Manchester United, is warranted and deserved.
Roberto Avey is an ex-soccer player from Brazil. Club, Associação Atlética Ponte Preta in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, 1995-1998 under coach, Francisco da Silva Júnior “Chiquinho.” He has since graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas, with a bachelor degree in journalism and helps coach teams in Southern California. Read more