Park Ji-soo (29), who played for Gimcheon Sangmu in the domestic K-League 1 until last season, has advanced to the Portuguese league.
Portuguese Primeira Liga (first division) Team Portimonense held a press conference after announcing a list of five new recruits, including Park Ji-soo, on the 26th. Portimonense did not specifically disclose the terms of the contract with Park Ji-soo. According to local media reports, the contract period is said to be until June 2024.
Park Ji-soo said at a press conference, “I am very grateful to coach Paulo Bento,” while revealing his impressions of joining. Former Portuguese coach Bento (54), who was in charge of the Korean soccer team for 4 years and 4 months until last December, expressed his gratitude for helping him join Portimonense. Park Ji-soo said, “Coach Bento was a Portuguese league player and his nationality was Portugal, so I was familiar with (the Portuguese league).” 슬롯사이트
Park Ji-soo was first selected for the adult national team in October 2018, two months after former coach Bento took the lead of the Korean national team, and debuted in his A match (national competition) a month later in a match against Uzbekistan. Park Ji-soo, a central defender with a height of 187 cm, is strong in physical fights and aerial ball fights and has quick feet, so he was noticed by former coach Bento. On November 11 last year, the day before the announcement of the Qatar World Cup team’s final entry, he suffered an ankle ligament rupture injury during a warm-up game against Iceland and was unable to go to Qatar. Park Ji-soo, who was a free agent after being discharged from the Sangmu last December, received offers from Chinese and Middle Eastern league teams, but chose to challenge the European stage.
Portimonense is a team founded in 1914, and as of the 26th this season, it ranks 12th out of 18 teams in the Primeira Liga (6 wins, 2 draws, 9 losses). Portimonense, which has been sluggish with 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 5 league games, recruited center back Park Ji-soo to relieve defensive anxiety. Kim Yong-hak (20), a national under-20 player, is playing as a midfielder for this team. Suwon FC Lee Seung-woo (25) also played for this team.
Park Ji-soo said, “(Primeira Liga) switching between offense and defense is very fast. He will adapt quickly while learning from Kim Yong-hak.”