Now Park and his players stand in the way of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and his Korean teammates.
Park Ji-Sung - once of Manchester United - escaped his altogether as he was part of the South Korea side that was given special dispensation after they reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.
All able-bodied South Korean men must complete 21 months service in the military as a deterrent against the North, but exemptions are offered to athletes who win gold at the Asian Games or a medal of any colour at the Olympics.
South Korea's clash with Japan in Saturday's Asian Games final may not be Son Heung-Min's last hope of avoiding the country's mandatory military service, a Korea Football Association (KFA) source has told ESPN FC.
China stamped its class on Chinese Taipei while Iran exacted a measure of revenge on Korea as the two Asian powerhouses arranged a duel for the men's basketball gold medal in the 18th Asian Games here.
After Wednesday's game, Son himself said: "We are so close to gold".
With skateboarding's Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, the Japanese showed their preparations are going well at the Jakabaring Sport City SkateBoard Stadium. Heo Ilyoung, who had 17 points including four triples in Korea's quarterfinal win over the Philippines last Monday, was held scoreless.
That goes for Spurs, and for South Korea.
Wang Kaihua won the men's 20-kilometer walk in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 4 seconds.
Bahrain's Edidiong Odiong reacts after winning the women's 200m final during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
The Asian Games semifinal gives Park a reunion with former K-League coaching counterpart Kim Hak-bom, now leading South Korea's under-23s.
Van Tri Nguyen beat Mohd Khaizul Yaacob 5-0 in the men's class J 90kg to 95kg final before Dinh Nam Tran defeated Mohd Fauzi Khalid by the same scoreline in the men's class F 70kg to 75kg gold medal match.
South Korea will play back-to-back day games as it will face Japan on Thursday and then China on Friday.