Ji Dong-won

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Ji Dong-Won
Ji Dong-Won 2013.09.06.jpg
Ji with South Korea in 2013
Personal information
Full name Ji Dong-Won
Date of birth (1991-05-28) 28 May 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Chuja-do, Jeju-do, South Korea
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 23
Youth career
2007–2009 Chunnam Dragons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Chunnam Dragons 33 (10)
2011–2014 Sunderland 24 (2)
2013 FC Augsburg (loan) 17 (5)
2014 FC Augsburg 12 (1)
2014– Borussia Dortmund 0 (0)
2014– Borussia Dortmund II 5 (0)
National team
2009–2010 South Korea U20 9 (6)
2010– South Korea U23 15 (3)
2010– South Korea 30 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014
Ji Dong-won
Hangul 지동원
Hanja 池東沅
Revised Romanization Ji Dongwon
McCune–Reischauer Chi Tongwŏn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Ji.

Ji Dong-Won (Hangul: 지동원, born 28 May 1991) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a striker for Borussia Dortmund [1] and the South Korea national team.

Career[edit]

Sunderland[edit]

In June 2011, Ji agreed a deal to join Sunderland of the English Premier League as a summer transfer after impressing manager Steve Bruce with his performance in the 2011 Asian Cup, in which he scored four goals and provided two assists in six games.[2] He signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee (believed to be around £2 million).[3] He made his first appearance for his new club in a 1–1 draw with Arminia Bielefeld in the club's pre-season tour of Germany.[4] He scored his first goal for Sunderland in a pre-season friendly against Darlington.[5] Ji made his league debut for Sunderland on 13 August 2011 coming on for Asamoah Gyan in the 66th minute against Liverpool.[6] Ji scored his first Premier League goal in the 90th minute against Chelsea from a Nicklas Bendtner assist on 10 September 2011, to which Sunderland lost 2–1.[7]

Augsburg[edit]

On 1 January 2013, Ji signed for German club FC Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season,[8] where his national teammate midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol was also on loan. On 24 February 2013, he scored his debut goal for Augsburg in a game against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[9] On 14 April, Ji scored two goals against Eintracht Frankfurt, single-handedly clinching a 2–0 victory for his side.[10]

On 18 May 2013, Ji scored his fifth goal of the season which led to a 3–1 victory over SpVgg Greuther Fürth, helping FC Augsburg avoid relegation.[11]

On 17 January 2014, Sunderland announced that Ji has signed a contract with FC Augsburg on a permanent switch for an undisclosed fee until the end of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season and will sign for Borussia Dortmund on 1 July 2014.[12][13][14]

On 25 January 2014, Ji started his second spell with Augsburg in style against his future employer Borussia Dortmund; after being substituted into the game with 20 minutes left to play, Ji scored a header to draw the game 2–2.[15]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 17 January 2014, Borussia Dortmund officially announced that the club has committed to Ji such that, after his six-month contract with Augsburg for the remainder of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season, Ji will sign a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund, effective 1 July 2014.[16]

International career[edit]

As an international Ji has represented his native South Korea at Under-20, Under-23 and senior level.

Dong-won scored four goals in six games at the 2011 Asian Cup – a return which helped catch Steve Bruce's eye and seal a move to Wearside.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Ji grew up in Chuja Island, a small island northwest of Jeju Island. His father is a retired volleyball player.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won joins Augsburg". BBC Sports. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Spellman, Damian (30 June 2011). "Sunderland sign South Korean Ji Dong-won". The Independent (London). Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sunderland sign South Korean striker Ji Dong-won". BBC Sport. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sunderland’s new boys’ striking first impression". Sunderland Echo. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Friendlies round-up". Sky Sports. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool 1 – 1 Sunderland". ESPN FC. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Owen Phillips (10 September 2011). "Sunderland 1–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Vose, Stuart (1 January 2013). "Loan move for Ji". SAFC (Sunderland). Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  9. ^ 지동원 1호골, 임대신화 2탄 시작 (in Korean). Dong-A sports. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ji double moves Augsburg out of bottom two". Bundesliga Official Website. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ji scored 5th goal". interfootball (in Korean). 19 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Dong-Won Ji re-joins Augsburg". Bundesliga. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Stephan Uersfeld (16 January 2014). "Augsburg sign Ji Dong-Won". ESPN. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Matt Domm (16 January 2014). "Ji Dong-Won joins Augsburg from Sunderland". Sports Mole. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Augsburg Battle for a Point in Dortmund". Bundesliga. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "BVB verpflichtet Dong-Won Ji" (in German). Borussia Dortmund. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ji Dong Won Biography". safc.com. [dead link]
  18. ^ 지동원을 키운 건 ‘레딩의 눈물’ (in Korean). DongA.com. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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