FC Augsburg Acquire Sunderland Striker Ji-Dong Won

FC Augsburg have acquired Sunderland striker Ji-Dong Won on loan for the remainder of the 2012/2013 season.  The South Korean international has made 18 appearances for his country, and was a goal-scorer for the Bronze Medal winning South Korean side in the 2012 Olympic games.

Ji had yet to make an appearance for Sunderland this season, but last season played in 19 EPL matches, scoring twice, and two Cup games.  He joined the Wearside club in June, 2011 after impressing manager Steve Bruce with his performance in the 2011 Asian Cup, where he scored four goals.

The 21 year-old was born near Jeju Island in the Korean Republic.  He began his youth career with the Chunnam Dragons in 2006, and also spent some time training with Reading youth squad.  After starring for Gwangyang Cheol High School, the 6’1″ striker made his Dragons senior squad debut in February, 2010,and scored his first K-League goal a few weeks later.  He was the leading scorer in the 2010 Korean FA Cup and played 33 league matches for Chunnam, scoring 10 times, before heading to Sunderland, and has scored a total of 18 goals in 65 total appearances for Chunnam and Sunderland.

Augsburg’s newly appointed Sporting Director, Stefan Reuter said

It’s nice that we could complete the transfer before the start of training [following the winter break]. Dong-Won Ji, who can play in several attacking positions, will be able to enjoy full preparation for the second half of the season with the team

Ji joins fellow South Korean international Koo Ja-Cheol, who is on loan from VfL Wolfsburg, on the Augsburg squad.


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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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