Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
27 Ji Dong-won@jidongwon10
- Origin:South Korea
- Join Date:01/07/2011
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.
He played a major role as Augsburg put together a superb run of late-season form to avoid relegation from the top flight.
- 22El-Hadji Ba
- 4Ki Sung-Yueng
- 6 Cabral
- 7Sebastian Larsson
- 8Craig Gardner
- 11Adam Johnson
- 14Jack Colback
- 15David Vaughan*
- 19David Moberg Karlsson
- 23Emanuele Giaccherini
- 33Lee Cattermole
- 35Charis Mavrias
- Alfred N'Diaye*