Following Kim Min-jae (27, Naples), another national team central defender is heading to Europe. Park Ji-soo (29), who was recently discharged from Gimcheon Sangmu, will be on the Portuguese Primera Liga stage.
Reporter Pedro Sepulveda, who is well versed in Portuguese football news, reported on the 25th (Korean time) through Social Network Service (SNS) that “Park Ji-soo has completed a one-year and six-month contract with Portimonense.”
Park Ji-soo graduated from Incheon Daegeon High School and headed to Incheon United in 2013, but he was released without playing a single game. He continued his playing career at K3 League FC Uijeongbu and moved to Gyeongnam FC in 2015, aiming for a comeback. He continued his good performance and bloomed in 2019 in Hengda, Guangzhou.
After joining suwon fc in 2021 to solve military problems. In June of the same year, he started military service at Gimcheon Sangmu and was discharged last month.
He was consistently selected for the national team. 메이저놀이터 Under coach Paulo Bento, he was in charge of central defense along with Kim Min-jae and Kim Young-kwon (33, Ulsan Hyundai). Although he was not a built-in starter, he showed great performance with good footing skills and active interpersonal defense, and had a chance as a wild card at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held last year.
However, he suffered an ankle ligament rupture injury in an evaluation match against Iceland in June of last year ahead of the World Cup, and was not included in the final list.
After his discharge, attention was paid to Park Ji-soo’s future. Guangzhou, the original team, became a free agent (FA) due to a financial crisis. A lot of teams were interested in the defender with his national team career, but his final destination was set for Europe.
In this process, there was a recommendation from former national team coach Bento. Reporter Sepulveda said, “Director Bento’s recommendation for Park Ji-soo became the basis for coach Paulo Sergio (Portimones) to recruit him.”
Portimonense has been consistently active in the first division since promotion in the 2016-2017 season. They are in the mid-lower ranks and are currently in 12th place this season. Park Ji-soo is scheduled to work with Philippe Heubas (24), Pedrand (26), and Wagner Leonardo (24).