Park Ji-sung founds charity football squad

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Park Ji-sung founds charity football squad


Actor Song Joong-ki, left, and JS Foundation President Park Ji-sung pose during the FC Smile foundation ceremony in Seoul on Monday. [NEWSIS]

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has joined nonprofit medical service organization Operation Smile to create a charity football club called FC Smile.

The team, which includes celebrities like actor Song Joong-Ki and singer Kim Jun-su, as well as Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, will play football matches to raise money for treating children with facial paralysis and other ailments.

At a ceremony held at the Kim Koo Museum in central Seoul on Monday, Park, who is now president of JS Foundation, said that there will be an Asian Smile Cup held in China and Korea next January and June.

“In Europe, there are many charity events that utilize football, but in Asia there are not that many,” Park said.

“So that’s why I want to help out.”

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