1979-80 season Cha Bum, 1987-88 Cha Bum, 2007-08 Dong-jin Kim/ Ho Lee. What is common point of these? This answer will find without difficulty, if you are interested in football. The answer is the season which won the UEFA Cup Final.(UEFA Cup was formerly Europa League)
And another Korean player challenges Europa League Champion. He is Joo-ho Park who is playing in the left-back of Swiss first division team Basel.
Joo-ho Park participated U-20 World Cup in 2007 with Sung-yeung Ki and Chung-yong Lee. In 2008, He contracted J2-League team Mito Holy and started professional football player. Afterward, he played Kashima Antlers and Jubilo Iwata and showed up impressive play. So he joined Basel in 2011.
Before Joo-ho Park contracted Basel, some Bundes Liga club that like Stuttgart love called him. But He had one criteria that he chooses Europe Club and appropriate team was Basel. The criteria is that he can participate game.
And this choice was an excellent. Last season, Basel participated UEFA Champions League Group stage. Basel belonged Group C With Manchester United, Benfica and Otelul-galati. It was the dominant expected to Basel will advance to the Europa League round of 32.
However, expected out, Basel was advanced to the round of 16 in runner up Group C, followed by Benfica. And Joo- ho Park main player of this splendid achievement. Than Basel won 1-0 first game of Rounf of 16 to Bayern Munich than held in Basel. But Basel Lost 0-7 second game and failed in the quarterfinals advance.
This season, Basel lost in the playoffs to Cluj in UEFA Champions League. So Basel is participating Europa League. Basel was advanced to the round of 32. Basel won Dnifro in round of 32 , won Zenit in round of 16 and won Tottenham by penalty shoot out in quarter final.
there was Joo-ho Park that Basel was advanced to semi final. He showed stable defence in Swiss League and Europa League.
And Joo-ho Park begin another challenge. The opponent of Basel is Chelsea. Chelsea was the UEFA Champion League winner in last season. Chelsea is participating Europa League because Chelsea held 3rd rank of UEFA Champions League group stage. So Chelsea is not easy opponent by Basel.
However, the ball is round and anyone doesn't know result before tell final whistle. So his challenge is not impossible .
'Alea Jacta Est'. Now die was cast and The opponent was arranged. After Joo-ho Park contrected Europe club, he didn't receive attention. But now he receives attention. So we have to cheer for to fulfill his dream.
Fighting Joo-ho Park!!