Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
17 Ji Dong-won*@jidongwon10
- Origin:South Korea
- Join Date:22/06/2011
* - On loan at Augsburg
Ji Dong-won is the first South Korean player ever to represent Sunderland.
The striker is still learning his trade but has shown plenty of promise and scored a huge goal when he netted the winner against Manchester City on New Year’s Day 2012.
Ji had a brief spell at Reading while with Gwangyang Jecheol High School and later earned a move to K-League side Chunnam Dragons.
He scored 13 goals in 29 games for Chunnam during the 2010 season (Korean leagues run from February to December).
Sunderland were impressed and bought Ji in summer 2011, with the player signing a three-year contract.
He was used mostly off the bench in his first season, making 19 appearances as a substitute plus two starts.
As well as his famous goal against City, Ji also scored in the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea – his first goal in Sunderland colours.
Ji, who was born on Jeju - a small island off the coast of South Korea – is already a regular for his country at international level.
He was the top scorer at the 2011 Asian Cup with four goals in six games.
The striker joined German Bundesliga side Augsburg on loan in January 2013 having not made a first-team appearance for Sunderland in 2012-13.
Ji has a Twitter account – though he does tweet mostly in Korean! If you’re up for the challenge, visit www.twitter.com/jidongwon10.
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