Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
South Koreans celebrate more than bronze
by Paul Kennedy, August 10th, 2012 9:28PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  japan, olympics, south korea

MOST COMMENTED

[OLYMPIC BRONZE-MEDAL GAME] South Korea earned more than a bronze medal when it beat Japan, 2-0, Friday for its first medal ever in men's soccer. The medal meant its players will be exempt from military service back home -- a huge coup for European-based players like Park Chu Young, whose spectacular goal opened the scoring in Cardiff and who had been dropped from the full national team for trying to get around from serving by taking out residency in Monaco.

Park scored in the 38th minute after picking up the ball inside his own half and beating two defenders before firing a low shot past Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.

The goal might help revive the 28-year-old Park's career. He was signed by Arsenal from Monaco last summer but was a bust for the Gunners and is seeking a new club.

“I’m very happy to win the bronze medal and everybody here will now get a new chance by being exempted from military service,” said Park. “That’s what I’m really pleased about because that was our aim at the start of the tournament."

Park had been at the center of a controversy earlier this year when he obtained a resident visa in Monaco to delay military service.

He was dropped from the full national team for World Cup 2014 qualifying only to later pledge that he would serve, if necessary, in the military.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"One day, if I'm free, why not?" -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday saying he ...
What They're Saying: Sam Allardyce    
"Well done! Our journey has begun with our first win together. Looking forward to seeing you ...
This week in men's college soccer    
Albert Ruiz broke a 43-year-old NCAA record for the fastest hat trick to start a game ...
USL Playoffs: Red Bulls II take best record into postseason    
Overall points leader Red Bulls II heads the USL's Eastern Conference playoff field for first-round, sinlge-elimination ...
USMNT: Seven uncapped players who might get call-ups    
Jurgen Klinsmann's only chance to look at new talent before the Hexagonal starts Nov. 11 is ...
USL Playoffs: Sac Republic FC seeks to reclaim crown    
Two Western Conference games kick off the USL playoffs on Friday in the single-elimination tournament that ...
MLS Countdown: Lots on the line for Rapids and Timbers    
The second meeting of the season between Colorado and Portland comes nearly three months after a ...
NWSL Playoffs: Thorns and Spirit open at home    
For the Portland Thorns and Washington Spirit, this weekend's semifinals will mark the first time they've ...
U.S. Abroad: Carter-Vickers gets Spurs contract extension    
A week after 18-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers made his pro debut for Tottenham Hotspur in the ...
Mexico: Gio is back for October friendlies    
LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was picked by Mexico national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives