Focus on Asia

The curious case of Dong Fangzhuo

August 25, 2012
By John Duerden
(Archive)
Ahead of his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt in Shanghai in July, Shinji Kagawa was asked about other Asian players who had gone before him to Old Trafford. The first answer was textbook. Park Ji-Sung? "The best Asian player ever, without a doubt," the Japanese star enthused. "Watching him always gave me more motivation." Dong Fangzhuo? "Sorry, I don't know who that is."

Football can be cruel. Dong's story is a cautionary tale of how a teenager from the East, full of hopes ...

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