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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 October 2018

Al Jazira sign Korean defender Park Jong-woo

He fills void left by Jucilei da Silva ahead of new Arabian Gulf League season, writes Amith Passela.
South Korea's Park Jong-Woo, centre, will join Al Jazira ahead of the new Arabian Gulf League season. Jung Yeon-je / AFP
South Korea's Park Jong-Woo, centre, will join Al Jazira ahead of the new Arabian Gulf League season. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

ABU DHABI // Park Jong-woo was announced as Al Jazira’s new Asian player to fill the void left by the departed Jucilei da Silva, the Brazilian who plied his trade for the Abu Dhabi club under a Palestine passport.

The South Korean international, 26, completed the medical test at the club on Sunday and will move on a three-year deal from the Chinese Super League club Guangzhou.

“The player will be unveiled to the media at a news conference at a later date,” Jazira posted on their website.

Park is set to add muscle to Jazira’s leaky defence, which was a major setback last season as they finished runner up behind Al Ain in the Arabian Gulf League.

Jazira’s defence conceded 46 goals, a record only better than the relegated Ajman (60) and Kalba (63) in the 14-team league.

At the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium, Park will join their new Brazilian signing Thiago Neves and the Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic, who topped the scoring chart in the AGL with 25 goals on his debut last season.

And with Park’s signing, Jazira have now assembled three of the four foreigners and are still on the transfer market to fill the final slot after their talks with Ivory Coast and Roma forward Gervinho broke down.

Park began his youth career at Yonsei University in 2008 and moved to Busan I’Park in the K League in 2010. He joined Guangzhou in February 2014.

Park was a member of the bronze medal winning South Korean team at the 2012 London Olympics.

After impressing at the Olympic Games, Park made his full international debut on October 2012 in a World Cup qualifying defeat to Iran.

He has since been a regular member of the national team squad, counting 13 international caps. Park was named in the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad in Brazil but was an unused substitute in Korea’s three group games.

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