Cha Du-ri

Cha Du-Ri
Personal information
Full name Cha Du-Ri
Date of birth (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980
Place of birth Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
1999–2002 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
2002–2003Arminia Bielefeld (loan) 22 (1)
2003–2004Eintracht 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)
2010–2012 Celtic 31 (2)
2012–2013 Fortuna Düsseldorf 10 (0)
2013–2015 FC Seoul 82 (2)
Total 328 (21)
National team
2001–2015 South Korea 76 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Cha Du-ri
Hangul 차두리
Hanja 車두리
Revised Romanization Cha Du(-)ri
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Turi
This is a Korean name; the family name is Cha.

Cha Du-Ri (Hangul: 차두리; born 25 July 1980) is a retired German-born South Korean professional footballer. He played as a right back, right winger, or striker. He is the first Korean player who was born outside of Korea to have played in a FIFA World Cup. Cha's father, Cha Bum-Kun played in the 1986 World Cup. Cha Du-Ri 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.

Early life

Cha was born in Frankfurt am Main in West 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, 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. After the 2006–07 season, Mainz were relegated to 2. Bundesliga, and subsequently after, Cha terminated the contract.


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


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

Cha with Celtic in 2010.


Following interest from Celtic, Cha arrived in Glasgow for a medical on 30 June 2010.[3] In an interview regarding the completion of a move to Parkhead, Cha expressed his desire to compete in an Old Firm derby.[4] Cha signed for Celtic pending approval of a work permit.[4] 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 and on 14 August made his SPL debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a 1–0 win over the Highland side.[5] Cha scored his first Celtic goal against St Johnstone in the SPL on 26 December 2010.[6] On 25 March 2012, Cha was sent off in the Old Firm derby, which Celtic lost 3–2.[7]

Fortuna Düsseldorf

On 8 June 2012, Cha agreed a two-year contract with newly promoted German Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf.[8]

FC Seoul

On 25 March 2013, Cha agreed a two-year contract with FC Seoul in K League Classic. On 31 October 2015, Cha announced his retirement after winning the final of Korean FA Cup despite of the rest of 3 matches of 2015 K League Classic.

International career

Cha was noticed by coach Guus Hiddink when the national team played a practice match against Korea University. Strong, aggressive and pacey, he was still playing amateur football when he made his debut for the South Korea national team in 2001. 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. 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. Cha played in the 2004 Asian Cup, scoring a goal in the game against Kuwait. However they were eliminated in the quarterfinals after a 4–3 loss to Iran.

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. Pim Verbeek, South Korea's head coach, added him into his squad for the qualification of the 2007 Asian Cup but was not selected for the final team. On 14 October 2009, Cha was called back to international duty against Senegal. It was the first time Cha had been selected for the Korean national team since late 2006. 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. He did not take part in the following qualifying match against Argentina and South Korea lost 4–1. He was influential in the next match draw against Nigeria.[9] On 26 June, Cha played his 50th game for South Korea in a 1–2 loss against Uruguay. Cha was selected for the final team for the 2011 Asian Cup and started in every single game as the team made it to the semifinals before losing to Japan via penalties following a dramatic 2–2 draw. He was made captain of the team in the third place match against Uzbekistan, replacing Park Ji-Sung, who had retired from international duty following the loss to Japan. Cha was not selected for the 2014 World Cup but was called up to play in the 2015 Asian Cup. Cha played his last international cap against Australia in the tournament's final match where Australia won 2–1. He announced his international retirement after the match. However he was called up for a final international match in a friendly against New Zealand, where he received a standing ovation following his substitution at half time.

Club statistics

As of 1 November 2015
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03Arminia BielefeldBundesliga22120--241
2003–04Eintracht Frankfurt31120--331
2004–052. Bundesliga29831--329
2007–08Koblenz2. Bundesliga28100--281
Country Germany 20517141000021918
Country Scotland 312203070432
2012–13Fortuna DüsseldorfBundesliga10010--110
Country Germany 100100000110
2013FC SeoulK League Classic30000-50350
Country South Korea 82270002501142
Total 328212413032038722



FC Seoul


South Korea


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), the daughter of a wealthy hotel magnate, in 2008. Their daughter, the first of two children, 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. In April 2013, Cha filed for divorce from his wife.[10]


  1. "Cha, Du-Ri" (in German). Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Cha Du-Ri's European mentality has helped him settle in at Celtic but he has words of advice for Ki Sung-Yueng". HeraldScotland. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  3. "Du-Ri to have Bhoys medical". Sky Sports. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  4. 1 2 "South Korea defender Cha Du-Ri seals Celtic switch". BBC Sport. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  5. Murray, Keir (14 August 2010). "Inverness CT 0 – 1 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  6. Forsyth, Roddy (26 December 2010). "Celtic 2 St Johnstone 0: match report". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  7. Lindsay, Clive (25 March 2012). "Rangers 3–2 Celtic: match report". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  8. "Fortuna Düsseldorf verstärkt sich mit Du-Ri Cha" (in German). Fortuna Düsseldorf. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  9. "(가자 16강!)나이지리아전 오범석 대신 차두리 기용 이유는?". E-daily. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  10. "Football star Cha Du-ri files for divorce". 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Koh Myong-jin
FC Seoul captain
Succeeded by
Osmar Barba
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