Asians In Europe: Park Ji-Sung On The Mark

Goal.com Asia takes a look at some of Asia's best and brightest who are battling it out in the big leagues out west...
Park Ji-sung (Manchester United and South Korea) 

Park was once again impressive as United destroyed Fulham 4-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals and he even got on the scoresheet with a fine finish late in the game.

Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic and Japan)  

What a difference a week makes! After scoring a hat-trick in Celtic’s 7-0 win over St. Mirren in the league, Nakamura and his team-mates lost against the same team in the cup. The playmaker couldn’t get into the game and Celtic lost 1-0.

Sun Xiang (Austria Vienna and China)

Sun scored his second goal in two games as Vienna defeated Sturm Graz 2-0.

Takayuki Morimoto (Catania and Japan)
 

The young striker has been in great form but was injured in the recent Sicilian Derby win over Palermo. He has been busy fielding questions instead about interest from English clubs.  

Youssef Mohamad (Koln and Lebanon)

The defender returned to the Koln line-up and had a good game – although the team returned to the Rhine with a 1-0 defeat at FC Schalke. Mahmoud had two good chances to score at the death to earn a point for his team but couldn’t find the net.

Daisuke Matsui (St Etienne and Japan)


A solid game from the midfielder and a vital 2-1 win for his club in a relegation six-pointer at home to Nantes. Matsui was busy in the middle and picked up a yellow card before being taken off with 16 minutes remaining.

Hussein Abdulghani (Neuchatel Xamax and Saudi Arabia)

The defender had a good game at the back as his Swiss team defeated FC Vaduz 3-1.

Masoud Shojaei (Osasuna and Iran)

Shojaei was subbed off on the hour as Osasuna lost 2-1 at home to Sporting Gijon. The result leaves the Pamplona club in trouble at the bottom.

Park Chu-young (Monaco and South Korea)

Once again the striker hit the woodwork and once again he had a decent game. This time, Monaco’s match with Nice ended goalless.

Junichi Inamoto (Eintracht Frankfurt and Japan)

Was taken off at half-time as Frankfurt drew 0-0 at Arminia Bielefeld.

Vahid Hashemian (Bochum and Iran) 


The Helicopter was an unused substitute as Bochum drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen. Bochum are still in serious danger of the drop.

Lee Young-pyo (Borussia Dortmund and South Korea)  

The full-back returned to action after suspension and while he was good going forward, he couldn’t stop Stuttgart defeating Dortmund 2-1 in a hard-fought game.

Makete Hasebe (Wolfsburg and Japan)

A very energetic performance from the Japanese midfielder who was all over the pitch, helping out in defence and attack. The 1-0 win over Karlsruhe keeps Wolfsburg fourth and in the hunt for the Bundesliga title.

Javad Nekounam (Osasuna and Iran) 

Another penalty from the inspirational Iranian wasn’t enough to prevent Osasuna from losing 2-1 at home to Sporting Gijon.

Mehdi Mahdavikia (Eintracht Frankfurt and Iran)

The experienced Kia was not even on the bench as Frankfurt drew 0-0 at Arminia Bielefeld

Shinji Ono (Bochum and Japan)


Ono was not on the bench as Bochum drew at Bayer Leverkusen. 

John Duerden

Asia Editor


john.duerden@goal.com