‘National MF’ Park Yongwoo leaves Ulsan for UAE’s Al Ain

South Korean international midfielder Park Yong-woo has left Ulsan Hyundai to join United Arab Emirates (UAE) powerhouse Al Ain.

Park Yong-woo is a defensive midfielder who has been dubbed the Terminator of Ulsan. Like his coach at Chuncheon Institute of Technology, Yoo “Eunsa” Sang-cheol, he has developed into a multi-role player, excelling at both center back and defensive midfield. At 188 centimeters and 80 kilograms, he is the type of player who dominates the midfield with his physicality and clever positioning, and he plays with dedication. His slow feet make him less mobile, but he makes up for it with his high soccer intelligence and excellent anticipation.

He reads his opponents well to intercept and then distributes the ball reliably. His fundamentals are solid, so he makes fewer mistakes, and his long passes and footwork can be used to start attacks. At FC Seoul, he had weaknesses in man-marking and physicality, but since coming to Ulsan, he has worked on his weaknesses and maximized his strengths.

He is one of the best defensive midfielders in the K League. Park Yong-woo went to Konkuk University in 2012 and performed well in several positions before joining FC Seoul in 2015. In his debut season, he made 26 appearances between center back and defensive midfield, but struggled to compete in his second season. He eventually moved to Ulsan in 2017, after being actively pursued by his former coach at KU, Yoo Sang-cheol. His talent blossomed in Ulsan and he became one of the best defensive midfielders in the K League. 토토사이트추천

He also played for his country. He represented his country at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and after a brief absence from the national team, Jürgen Klinsmann called him up for the June A-squad. He made his A-squad debut as a second-half substitute against Peru, and then started and impressed against El Salvador. However, his time with Ulsan was marred by a racism controversy at the club.

As he continued to perform well for his club and national team, he received offers from the Middle East, eventually joining UAE powerhouse Al Ain. Al Ain is the same team where Lee Myung-joo and Lee Ho played in the past.

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