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 24)
Place of birth Chuja-myeon, Jeju-do, South Korea
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Augsburg
Number 22
Youth career
2007–2009 Jeonnam 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 (loan) 12 (1)
2014 Borussia Dortmund II 5 (0)
2014 Borussia Dortmund 0 (0)
2015– FC Augsburg 12 (0)
National team
2009–2010 South Korea U20 9 (6)
2010– South Korea U23 17 (3)
2010– South Korea 31 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015
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 FC Augsburg [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]

Return to Augsburg[edit]

On 22 December 2014, after failing to appear competitively for Borussia Dortmund, Ji signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with FC Augsburg, until 30 June 2018.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 January 2015
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jeonnam Dragons 2010 22 7 3 5 4 1 29 13
2011 11 3 2 0 2 0 15 3
Sunderland 2011-12 19 2 1 0 1 0 21 2
2013-14 5 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
FC Augsburg 2012-13 17 5 0 0 - 17 5
2013-14 12 1 0 0 - 12 1
2014-15 12 0 0 0 - 12 0
Career Total 95 18 7 5 8 1 110 24

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]

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 December 2010 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi  Syria 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
2. 18 January 2011 Qatar Doha  India 1–0 4–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup
3. 3–1
4. 28 January 2011 Qatar Doha  Uzbekistan 2–0 3–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup
5. 3–0
6. 7 June 2011 South Korea Jeonju  Ghana 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
7. 2 September 2011 South Korea Goyang  Lebanon 3–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 6–0

Personal life[edit]

Ji grew up in Chuja Island, a small island northwest of Jeju Island. His father is a retired volleyball player.[18] Ji graduated from Gwangyang Jaechul High School in 2010. [19]

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. 
  19. ^ http://people.search.naver.com/search.naver?where=nexearch&query=지동원&sm=tab_etc&ie=utf8&key=PeopleService&os=178370

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