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Park, Park, Wherever He May Be...

Not that long ago, Manchester United had a wonderful South Korean midfielder called either Park Ji-Sung or Ji-Sung Park. (There seemed to be some confusion over which way round his name was.) He wasn't a superstar (although he's probably Asia's most successful footballer), but Sir Alex Ferguson would often play him in big games to do specific tactical duties. Ferguson said that leaving Park out of the squad for the 2008 Champions League Final was one of the hardest managerial decisions he ever had to make.

Park was the subject of perhaps my favourite football song, sung to the tune of the hymn "Lord of the Dance":

Park, Park, wherever he may be
He eats dogs in his home country
It could be worse
He could be scouse
Eating rats in a council house.

Anyway, I was amused to read this week that Park is now studying for a Masters Degree at De Montfort University. That's not the amusing thing. The amusing thing is that when not studying, he plays for the university's football team. It must be something of a shock for opponents who suddenly realise who the foreign mature student playing for the other team is.


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Oct. 18th, 2016 10:59 pm (UTC)
Now the only Park there is on United nowadays is Mourinho parking the bus. Seriously, there were half a dozen players behind the 18 at times during the Liverpool-United game and there were up to 10 of them behind the ball on a few occasions. Not only that, but Mourinho only plays for one point now against a possible title contender. One bloody point and he still thinks they can win the league?
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:11 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with parking the bus occasionally if the situation demands it. To be fair, I think that's the first time United haven't scored in the league all season.
Oct. 19th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The odds were we were going to get beat if we opened up, and I'll take a point at Anfield if it means not getting turned over in a big game. :-)

Park: the ultimate secret weapon! :-)
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