Park Ji-sung played his final professional season on loan to PSV from Queens Park Rangers.
Park Ji-sung played his final professional season on loan to PSV from Queens Park Rangers.
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SUWON, South Korea (AP) - Park Ji-sung, a former Manchester United regular and one of the stars of South Korea's run to the 2002 World Cup semifinals, has announced his retirement from top-flight football.

The 33-year-old Park played on loan with PSV Eindhoven from Queens Park Rangers this past season. He represented South Korea in three World Cups, scoring at each tournament, and led the team to the second round at South Africa in 2010.

In all, he played more than 100 internationals in a professional career stretching back to 2000.

A high-energy, hard-working midfielder, Park followed manager Guus Hiddink from the national team to Eindhoven after the 2002 World Cup, then became the first South Korean to make an impact in the Premier League after signing with Manchester United in 2005.

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