‘Bento’s strong recommendation’… Park Ji-soo joins Portuguese Portimonense ‘countdown’
It is known that former national team coach Paulo Bento, ‘Benverge’, strongly recommended Park Ji-soo to his country’s league club Portimonense.
Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda said on his personal SNS on the 25th (Korean time), “Park Ji-soo is moving to Portimonense as a backup defender. The contract period is one and a half years until June 2024.”
He added, “Park Ji-soo is a central defender of the Korean national team, and Paulo Bento’s positive comments captured the heart of coach Paulo Sergio Portimonense.”
Park Ji-soo first boarded the national team after being called by coach Bento during the A match in October 2018. At the time, he was trusted by Bento to the extent that Bento revealed that he “picked with confidence.”
Park Ji-soo, who debuted in his A match against Uzbekistan in November of that year, was consistently named on the national team list until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
However, it never went to Qatar.
Park Ji-soo, who also participated in the last domestic evaluation match held a month before the opening, was unfortunately canceled due to an injury during the game. 온라인바카라
However, Bento judged that Park Ji-soo had the talent and ability to succeed in Europe. When recommending the recruitment of Park Ji-soo to Portimonense coach, he was given the gift of another European leaguer.
Park Ji-soo, who started his professional life in Incheon and succeeded in making a comeback in Gyeongnam through Uijeongbu in the K3 League, left for Guangzhou, China in 2019, and played an active role as a K-League representative defender at Suwon FC on loan and Kimcheon Sangmu (military service).
Born in 1994, Park Ji-soo is not old enough to challenge the European stage, but thanks to Bento’s recommendation, Park Ji-soo got an opportunity that would never come again.