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Park Chu-Young
Park Chu-Young Celta 2012.JPG
Park Chu-Young playing for Celta Vigo in 2012
Personal information
Full name Park Chu-Young
Date of birth (1985-07-10) 10 July 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Daegu, South Korea
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Watford (on loan from Arsenal)
Number 20
Youth career
2001–2003 Cheonggu High School
2002 Zico Football Center
2004 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005-2008 FC Seoul 69 (23)
2008-2011 Monaco 91 (25)
2011- Arsenal 1 (0)
2012-2013 Celta Vigo (loan) 21 (3)
2014- Watford (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2003–2005 South Korea U20 26 (18)
2007–2012 South Korea U23 29 (12)
2005– South Korea 62 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Park Chu-Young (Hangul: 박주영; hanja: 朴主永; romanised as Park Ju-Young; born 10 July 1985) is a Korean footballer who plays for Watford in the Football League Championship on loan from Arsenal.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Park Chu-Young's popularity with the Korean public was sparked by his success at the AFC Youth Championship 2004 where he led the U20 Korean national team to a record-breaking 11th title. In the process, he won the Golden Ball Award and was chosen Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was also capped for the South Korea under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

The country's "Park Chu Young" hysteria grew even more wildly when Korea's under-20 squad participated in the Qatar eight-team invitational in January 2010. Park scored two against China, three against Ukraine, two against Algeria, and two against Japan as Korea won the tournament. Park was named the Asian Young Footballer of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation.

Park also participated in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he scored a goal from a free kick against Nigeria.

FC Seoul[edit]

Park Chu-Young playing for FC Seoul

In 2005, Park joined the K-League, where he signed with FC Seoul. In Park's first season, he scored 18 goals and gave 4 assists in 30 appearances (including cup matches), earning him the K-League's Best Young Player of the year title and becoming top scorer of the competition. He became FC Seoul's club icon.[citation needed]

After the World Cup, it was expected by Korean supporters that Park would re-find his best form while playing in the K-League, but this was not the case, as he only scored 8 goals and 1 assist in 30 appearances (including cup matches) during the 2006 season.[citation needed]

Later on in 2006, he joined the South Korea Olympic football team for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, where he had a great start by scoring 2 goals against Bangladesh. But after this game, he failed to find the net for the rest of the tournament. South Korea lost to Iraq in the controversial semi-final match and were also unable to beat Iran in the third-place match, which resulted in South Korea being left without medals for the first time in many years.[citation needed]

Just as the 2007 K-League kicked off, Park began the season by scoring 10 goals in 11 matches (including Cup games). But soon he was hampered by an on and off foot injury that he sustained during the regular season. Due to the injury he was placed in the reserves for the South Korea national team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, but he did not recover from injury in time, nor were any of the forwards picked for the South Korea national football team injured or underperformed at the training camp or friendly matches, which resulted in a cut from the South Korea national football team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. Also during his injury, he missed the FC Seoul game with the Premiership's Manchester United. This proved to be significant as FC Seoul were shut out during the game 4–0, and could have used the influence of their star striker.

Returning from his foot injury, he played in the qualification rounds for the Beijing Olympics in which South Korea secured a place by drawing 0–0 with Bahrain on 27 November 2007.

AS Monaco[edit]

After impressive performances in the national and Olympic team squads, Park completed the move to AS Monaco on 1 September 2008. On 13 September, he scored on his debut against FC Lorient in the 26th minute. In the 2nd half, he assisted his team mate Frédéric Nimani before being substituted. The game ended 2–0, and Park was named as the Man of the Match.

On 13 February 2011, Park scored his seventh goal of the season in a 3–1 win over FC Lorient. Thirteen days later, Park scored a brace in a 2–2 home draw over SM Caen.[2]

Park Chu-Young at Arsenal


In somewhat strange circumstances on 30 August 2011, English Premier League club Arsenal signed Park.[3] It is believed Chu-Young became aware of Arsenal's interest and departed his hotel room without finishing a medical with the Ligue 1 club Lille OSC.[4] He was given the number 9 shirt.[5] On 1 November, Chu-Young started his first UEFA Champions League match, a 0–0 draw against French outfit Marseille. He scored his first goal for Arsenal in the fourth round of the Football League Cup against Bolton Wanderers on 25 October 2011 giving them a 2–1 win.[6] He made his league debut for Arsenal as a substitute, 82 minutes into a 2–1 home defeat by Manchester United, on 22 January 2012.

On 6 March 2012, he made an appearance as a substitute for Theo Walcott in the Champions League, in the 3–0 win against Milan at the Emirates Stadium, though Milan won 4–3 on aggregate.

On 8 August 2012, it was confirmed that the striker had been reassigned the number 30 shirt, with new signing Lukas Podolski taking over the number 9.[7] Park did not play a game for Arsenal for another 6 months until October 30, 2013 when he came on as a substitute for Aaron Ramsey on the 81st minute against Chelsea in the League Cup. Arsenal lost the game 2–0. Although there was a discussion of a possible loan move to Wigan Athletic, the deal never materialized.[8][9] From that point forward, Park did not make any further appearance in the league with the first team.

Loan to Celta de Vigo[edit]

Amidst reported interest from Blackburn Rovers and Al-Hilal[10] and rumors of being linked to Nottingham Forest, on 31 August 2012, Park moved to Celta de Vigo on a season-long loan from Arsenal for the 2012–13 La Liga season. He was given the number 18 shirt.[11] On 22 September 2012, he scored his first goal in his home debut in a 2–1 victory over Getafe, becoming the first South Korean player ever to score a goal in La Liga.[12]

Loan to Watford[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Park was loaned to Championship side Watford for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[13][14] Park made his Watford debut as a 90th minute substitute for Fernando Forestieri in the 2–0 win against Brighton on 2 February 2014.[15]

He made his first start for Watford in a 2–0 away loss against Bolton Wanderers on 22 February 2014.

International career[edit]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 17 June 2010, Park scored an own goal in a 4–1 defeat to Argentina at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[16] However, Park redeemed himself in Korea's next match against Nigeria by scoring a crucial free kick in a 2–2 draw, allowing the South Korea to advance to the round of 16. In the round of 16, Park's free kick just before halftime struck the left goal post. A late goal from Luis Suárez put Uruguay on top. The final score was 2–1 to Uruguay who then advanced to the quarter-finals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, eliminating South Korea.

2010 Asian Games[edit]

Park, along with Kim Jung-Woo, was called to the U-23 team to participate in the 2010 Asian Games held in Guangzhou. The team was led by former national team captain Hong Myung-Bo. Park did not play in the first game against North Korea, which ended in a 0–1 loss. He came off the bench in the next game against Jordan, which South Korea won 4–0. He started the last group game against Palestine, in which he scored the second goal in the 3–0 victory before being substituted. South Korea advanced to the knockout round, having finished second place in Group C with six points. In their next match against China, Park played the entire game, scoring a goal in the 50th minute to help South Korea to a 3–0 win. In the quarterfinal match against Uzbekistan, Park was once again influential in leading Korea to victory. Park scored his third goal of the tournament a few minutes into the first period of extra time, after the teams played to a 1–1 draw in normal time. South Korea eventually won the game 3–1, and Park was substituted in the 108th minute. Although Park played in the semifinal match against UAE, he was unable to find the net and South Korea lost 0–1 after UAE scored in the last minute of extra time. In the bronze medal game against Iran, Park scored his fourth goal of the tournament. With South Korea trailing 3–1, Park tapped in the ball from a cross to bring the score to 3–2. South Korea eventually won 4–3 to secure the bronze medal, with two goals from Ji Dong-Won.

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Although Park had been listed on the roster for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, he was unable to participate due to an injury and was replaced on the roster by Ji Dong-Won. Following the tournament, he was named captain of the national team to replace the retiring Park Ji-Sung. But in 2012, newly appointed head coach Choi Kang-Hee named Lee Jung-Soo as captain of the national side, replacing Park.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Park was selected as an over-aged striker by Korea U-23 National team coach Hong Myung Bo for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Park scored the opening goal in the second group stage match against Switzerland. In the Bronze Medal match against Japan, Park Chu-Young scored the first goal in a 2-0 victory.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Final score Competition
1. 3 June 2005 Uzbekistan Tashkent  Uzbekistan 1–1 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 8 June 2005 Kuwait Kuwait City  Kuwait 1–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 21 January 2006 Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Greece 1–1 1–1 2006 LG Cup
4. 25 January 2006 Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Finland 1–0 1–0 2006 LG Cup
5. 1 March 2006 South Korea Seoul  Angola 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
6. 17 February 2008 China Chongqing  China PR 1–0 3–2 2008 East Asian Cup
7. 17 February 2008 China Chongqing  China PR 2–2 3–2 2008 East Asian Cup
8. 31 May 2008 South Korea Seoul  Jordan 2–0 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 7 June 2008 Jordan Amman  Jordan 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 19 November 2008 Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 6 June 2009 United Arab Emirates Dubai  United Arab Emirates 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 12 August 2009 South Korea Seoul  Paraguay 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
13. 5 September 2009 South Korea Seoul  Australia 1–0 3–1 Friendly match
14. 24 May 2010 Japan Saitama  Japan 2–0 2–0 Friendly match
15. 22 June 2010 South Africa Durban  Nigeria 2–1 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup
16. 25 March 2011 South Korea Seoul  Honduras 3–0 4–0 Friendly match
17. 3 June 2011 South Korea Seoul  Serbia 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
18. 2 September 2011 South Korea Goyang  Lebanon 1–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 2 September 2011 South Korea Goyang  Lebanon 2–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 2 September 2011 South Korea Goyang  Lebanon 4–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
21. 6 September 2011 Kuwait Kuwait City  Kuwait 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 11 October 2011 South Korea Suwon  United Arab Emirates 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
23. 11 November 2011 United Arab Emirates Dubai  United Arab Emirates 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
24. 5 March 2014 Greece Athens  Greece 1–0 2–0 Friendly match

Personal life[edit]

Park is a Christian. Park writes "Jesus Christ" next to his autograph and has spoken about his faith saying, "The first and main reason why I play football is to evangelise people."[17]

Career statistics[edit]



FC Seoul

AS Monaco




  • Daegu MBC U-18 Championship Top Scorer : 2003
  • Keumgangdaegi U-18 Championship Top Scorer : 2003
  • President's U-18 Championship Top Scorer : 2003
  • Autumn's U-18 Championship Top Scorer : 2003




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  2. ^ "Match Stats AS Monaco FC – SM Caen". Ligue 1. 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Arsenal seal Park Chu-Young deal". ESPN Soccernet. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal steal South Korean idol Park Chu-Young from Lille" The Telegraph 27 August 2011 Retrieved 2 September 2012
  5. ^ "Arsenal to sign striker Ju Young Park". Arsenal F.C. 30 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gunners saved by quickfire double". ESPN. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Squad numbers updated for start of season". Arsenal Football Club. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wigan confirm plans to sign Arsenal flop Park Chu-Young on-loan". Metro. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Arsenal misfit Park Chu-Young being lined up for loan move to Wigan". Mirror. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Arsenal tell flop striker Park Chu-Young he must find new club". Metro. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "‘셀타 비고’ 이적 박주영, 등번호 18번 확정". 스타 N news. 9. 2012. 
  12. ^ "¡Bienvenidos al Celta Park!". MARCA.COM. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Park Arrives On Loan". Watford F.C. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ju Young Park joins Watford on loan". Arsenal F.C. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
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  16. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (17 June 2010). "Argentina 4–1 South Korea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  17. ^ "Arsenal steal South Korean idol Park Chu Young from Lille". 

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