Park shows charitable side

After winning his fourth English Premier League title with Manchester United, Park Ji-Sung has turned his attention to charity work.Park retired from international football following South Korea’s third-place finish at the 2011 Asian Cup in January.

And the 30-year-old now intends to dedicate some of his energies to the first site of his ‘JS Foundation’ in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.

As well as speaking to youngsters from the area from June 13 -16, the midfielder arranged an exhibition match to raise awareness for his new initiative.

“After many twists and turns, we can hold a charity match,” Park said.

“Vietnam and the Vietnamese helped us a lot to hold this event. We are going to hold the first match. (I am happy) to proceed (with) this event.”

Park’s JS Friends team took on one of Ho Chi Min City’s biggest clubs in Navibank Saigon FC.

His side included former Japan international Hidetoshi Nakata, countrymen Lee Chung-Yong and Park Chu-Young and North Korean star Jong Tae-Se.

Park’s team were beaten 4-3 in the inaugural encounter of what he hopes will be an annual event.