Cha Du-Ri

Cha Du-Ri
Cha Du-Ri
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Personal information
Full name Cha Du-Ri
Date of birth 25 July 1980 (1980-07-25) (age 31)
Place of birth Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2002 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
2002–2003 Arminia Bielefeld (loan) 21 (1)
2003–2004 Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 31 (1)
2004–2006 Eintracht Frankfurt 56 (11)
2006–2007 Mainz 05 12 (0)
2007–2009 TuS Koblenz 61 (3)
2009–2010 SC Freiburg 23 (1)
2010– Celtic 19 (1)
National team
2001– South Korea 65 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011
Cha Du-Ri
Hangul 차두리
Hanja 車두리
Revised Romanization Cha Du(-)ri
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Turi

Cha Du-Ri (Hangul: 차두리; born 25 July 1980 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German-born South Korean professional footballer who currently plays for Scottish Premier League club Celtic. He can operate as a right back, right winger, or striker. Cha Du-Ri is also the first Korean player that was born outside of Korea to have played in a FIFA World Cup.[citation needed] Cha's father, Cha Bum-Kun played in the 1986 World Cup. Cha has also played for one of his father's old clubs, Eintracht Frankfurt.[2] During the third place match of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup against Uzbekistan, Cha captained the national team in place of the regular Korean captain, Park Ji Sung.[citation needed]


Early life

Cha was born in Germany, when his father Cha Bum-Kun was starring in the German Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, and spent his childhood in Germany[2] while his father was playing for Frankfurt and later for Bayer Leverkusen.[2]

Club career

Cha started his club career in Germany and had spells with Bayer Leverkusen, Arminia Bielefeld and Eintracht Frankfurt.


Before the 2006–07 season kicked off, Cha Du-Ri changed his position from Striker to Right wingback for Mainz,[citation needed] but throughout the season, he was hampered with a foot injury that prevented him from joining the starting line-up or even getting some playing time.[citation needed]

After the 2006–07 season, Mainz were relegated to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, and subsequently after, Cha terminated the contract.[citation needed]


During the 2007 off-season, Cha signed a transfer-free contract with Koblenz in 2. Fußball-Bundesliga for the 2007–08 season.[citation needed] He also has switched his positions back to right right winger, supporting Striker, and the centre forward position, after his failure to adjust to right wingback for Mainz.[citation needed]


After two years Cha left TuS Koblenz and signed a contract for two years with SC Freiburg.[3]


Following interest from Celtic, Cha arrived in Glasgow for a medical on 30 June 2010.[4] In an interview regarding the completion of a move to Parkhead, Cha expressed his desire to compete in an Old Firm derby.[5] Cha signed for Celtic pending approval of a work permit.[5] In doing so he joined up with his national team mate Ki Sung-Yeung.[2]

On 28 July 2010 Cha made his Celtic debut in the UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round against Braga, a 3–0 defeat[citation needed] and on 14 August made his SPL debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a 1–0 win over the Highland side.[6] Cha scored his first Celtic goal against St Johnstone in the SPL on 26 December 2010.[7]

International career

Cha was noticed by coach Guus Hiddink when the national team played a practice match against Korea University.[citation needed] Strong, aggressive and pacey, he was still playing amateur football when he made his debut for the South Korea national team in 2001.

2002 World Cup

Cha was included in the South Korea football team for 2002 World Cup, even though his playing time was limited to off-the-bench appearances.[citation needed] South Korea surprised the football world by advancing to the semi-finals of the tournament, beating the likes of Portugal and Italy along the way. Their fairy-tale run ended in the semi-finals when they were eliminated after losing 1–0 to Germany, with Michael Ballack netting the only goal.

2006 World Cup

Cha was left off Korea's roster for the 2006 World Cup, and instead acted as a colour commentator for MBC's live telecasts of the tournament's games alongside his father.[citation needed]

Pim Verbeek, South Korea's head coach, added him into his squad for the qualification of the 2007 Asian Cup.[citation needed] On 14 October 2009, Cha was called back to international duty against Senegal.[citation needed] It was the first time Cha had been selected for the Korean national team since late 2006.

2010 World Cup

In the 2010 World Cup, Cha played as an attacking right-back during the first half of the game against Greece, venturing forward and providing an attacking threat on the right side. During the second half, South Korea were leading so he stayed back in a more defensive role for his side.[citation needed] He did not take part in the following qualifying match against Argentina and South Korea lost 4–1.[citation needed] He was influential in the next match draw against Nigeria.[citation needed] On 26 June, Cha played his 50th game for South Korea in a 1–2 loss against Uruguay.[citation needed]

Club statistics

As of 6 November 2011
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Arminia Bielefeld Fußball-Bundesliga 21 1 2 0 - - 23 1
2003–04 Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball-Bundesliga 31 1 2 0 - - 33 1
2004–05 2. Fußball-Bundesliga 29 8 3 1 - - 32 9
2005–06 Fußball-Bundesliga 27 3 3 0 - - 30 3
2006–07 Mainz Fußball-Bundesliga 12 0 1 0 - - 13 0
2007–08 Koblenz 2. Fußball-Bundesliga 28 1 0 0 - - 28 1
2008–09 33 2 1 0 - - 34 2
2009–10 Freiburg Fußball-Bundesliga 23 1 2 0 - - 25 1
Country Germany 187 17 14 1 0 0 0 0 204 18
2010–11 Celtic SPL 16 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 21 1
2011–12 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 7 0
Country Scotland 19 1 1 0 2 0 6 0 28 1
Total 206 18 15 0 2 0 6 0 232 19



Scottish Cup
  • Winner: 2010–11

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
20 April 2002 Daegu  Costa Rica 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match
18 February 2004 Suwon  Lebanon 1 goal 2–0 2006 World Cup qualification
14 July 2004 Seoul  Trinidad and Tobago 1 goal 1–1 Friendly match
27 July 2004 Jinan  Kuwait 1 goal 4–0 2004 Asian Cup

Personal life

Cha married his wife Shin Hye-Sung (신혜성) in 2008. Their daughter was born in February 2010. He is the son of Cha Bum-Kun, who is regarded as the best football player in Korean history.[2] Cha reads, writes, and speaks fluent Korean, German and Dutch.[citation needed]


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