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Park Chu-young
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Personal information
Full name Park Chu-young
Date of birth (1985-07-10) 10 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Daegu, South Korea
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Seoul
Number 91
Youth career
2001–2003 Cheonggu High School
2002 Zico Football Center (loan)
2004 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 FC Seoul 69 (23)
2008–2011 Monaco 91 (25)
2011–2014 Arsenal 1 (0)
2012–2013 Celta Vigo (loan) 22 (3)
2014 Watford (loan) 2 (0)
2014–2015 Al-Shabab 7 (1)
2015– FC Seoul 13 (4)
National team
2003–2005 South Korea U20 26 (18)
2006–2012 South Korea U23 30 (12)
2005– South Korea 68 (24)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014
Korean name
Revised Romanization Bak Juyeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chuyŏng

Park Chu-young (Hangul: 박주영; hanja: 朴主永; also romanised as Park Ju-young; born 10 July 1985) is South Korean footballer who currently plays for FC Seoul.

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 hysteria for the player grew even more wildly when Korea's under-20 squad participated in the Qatar eight-team invitational in January 2004. 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 League Cup matches), earning him the K League Rookie of the Year award and becoming top scorer of the competition. He became FC Seoul's club icon.

After the 2006 FIFA 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 Manchester United of the Premier League. 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 2008 Olympic Games, 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.[2] 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.[3] Later in his first season at Monaco, he would went to make 31 appearance and scoring five times.

Then in his second season at Monaco, Park scored three goals in the first half of the season. On 30 January 2010, Park signed a three year contract with Monaco that will keep him until 2013.[4] Despite having three injuries during the season,[5][6][7] Park remained on the first team, as he scored eight goals in twenty-seven goals appearance.

His last season at Monaco gives him a mixed emotions. Park scored five goals in the first half of the season. But then, after scoring against Sochaux, Park celebrated, which resulted him injuring his right knee and kept him out for four weeks.[8] 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.[9] Despite making a good display in the 2010-11 season, scoring twelve league goals, the club, however, was relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing 18th place in the league.

Park Chu-young at Arsenal.

The relegation led Park announced his desire to leave Monaco to play in the competitive league.[10] This was followed up by the club, who stated they won't stand in Park's way from leaving the club.[11]


In somewhat strange circumstances on 30 August 2011, English Premier League club Arsenal signed Park.[12] 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.[13] He was given the number 9 shirt.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] Following a loan spell at Celta Vigo, Park was advised by newly national coach Hong Myung-bo to leave the club if Park was to remain in the national team.[18]

Park did not play a game for Arsenal for another 14 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.[19] Although there was a discussion of a possible loan move to Wigan Athletic, the deal never materialized.[20][21]

From that point forward, Park did not make any further appearance in the league with the first team. Park was released by the club on a free transfer on 30 June 2014.[22] As a result of his flop at Arsenal, Daily Telegraph reporter John Duerden would compare Park move to Arsenal as "the worst call to answer since Colin Farrell picked up a New York public phone in Phone Booth and endured a few hours of misery."[23]

Loan spells[edit]

Park Chu-young playing for Celta Vigo

Amidst reported interest from Blackburn Rovers and Al-Hilal[24] and rumours 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.[25] 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.[26] Park would then score two more goals against Mallorca[27] and Deportivo in the Galician derby.[28] Park would injure his right foot, which put him the end to this season and went on to score three goals in twenty one appearance.[29]

On 31 January 2014, Park was loaned to Championship side Watford for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[30][31] Park made his Watford debut as a 90th minute substitute for Fernando Forestieri in the 2–0 win against Brighton on 2 February 2014[32] and then made his first start for Watford in a 2–0 away loss against Bolton Wanderers on 22 February 2014 before he came off in the second half.[33] However, Park only made two appearance for the club after sustaining injuries with thigh and toe.[34][35]


Despite his intention to stay in Europe after being released by Arsenal,[36] Park joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab on 1 October 2014, signing a one-year contract.[37] Park scored on his debut, in a 1-0 victory against Al-Hilal on 17 October 2014.[38]

Return to FC Seoul[edit]

Park returned to FC Seoul on 10 March 2015.[39][40]

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.[41] 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 Chu-young.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

In October 2011, Park announced that in two years time he has to leave Arsenal to do military service for his country, which may delayed his football career.[42] Then the following year in March, South Korea's Military Manpower Administration announced that Park can delayed his military service until 2022 because of his residency in Europe.[43] Park's decision to delay his military service was controversial and caused public criticism. This lead an own apology from Park, though he allowed him to participate in the London Olympic Games.[44]

Park was selected as an over-aged player by the South Korea under-23 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 against their rivals.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Despite not playing regular first-team football for several years, Park was included in the South Korea national squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[45] He played in the matches against Russia and Algeria. His performances were disastrous, registering no shots on target in either match. He was replaced by Kim Shin-wook for the team's final match against Belgium. However, it was later revealed that the manager of the team, Hong Myung-bo, told him not to take shots but to open up space for offensive midfielders to make runs and score. Ultimately it did not work out as Koo Ja-Cheol played too high up and Son Heung-min did not get along with the team very well. Park received the majority of the criticism due to his position up top where people expected him to take shots and score goals.

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."[46]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 1 July 2015.[47]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
FC Seoul 2005 19 12 3 2 0 0 11 6 1 32 18 4
2006 26 7 1 2 2 0 4 1 0 32 10 1
2007 11 2 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 15 5 0
2008 13 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 17 2 4
Total 69 23 8 5 2 0 22 10 1 96 35 9
Monaco 2008–09 31 5 5 3 0 1 1 0 0 35 5 6
2009–10 27 8 3 5 1 0 1 0 0 33 9 3
2010–11 33 12 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 35 12 0
Total 91 25 8 8 1 1 4 0 0 103 26 9
Arsenal 2011–12 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 6 1 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 0 0 7 1 0
Celta (loan) 2012–13 22 3 1 4 1 0 26 4 1
Total 22 3 1 4 1 0 26 4 1
Watford (loan) 2013–14 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Al-Shabab 2014-15 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 0
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 0
FC Seoul 2015 13 4 1 13 4 1
Total 13 4 1 13 4 1
Career total 203 56 18 17 4 1 30 11 1 2 0 0 252 71 20


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