Cha Kyung-bok

Cha Kyung-bok
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-01-10)10 January 1938
Place of birth Jeongeup, Jeonbuk, South Korea
Date of death 31 October 2006(2006-10-31) (aged 69)
Youth career
Joongdong High School
Kyunghee University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Industrial Bank of Korea FC
National team
1964 South Korea
Teams managed
1967–? Kyunghee University (Coach)
Industrial Bank of Korea FC
University of Incheon
1985–? Kyunghee University
1995–1996 Jeonbuk Dinos
1998–2004 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Cha Kyung-bok
Hangul 차경복
Hanja 車敬福
Revised Romanization Cha Gyeongbok
McCune–Reischauer Ch'a Kyŏngbok
This is a Korean name; the family name is Cha.

Cha Kyung-bok (10 January 1938 – 31 October 2006) was a South Korean football manager whose 37-year career, lasting from 1967 to 2004, made him one of his country's best-known and most-respected members of the sport world.

Early years

A native of the city of Jeongeup in Jeollabuk-do province, Cha Kyung-bok graduated from Joongdong High School and took a Bachelor's degree from Kyunghee University, where, during his student days, he played on the national team. His primary sport, before he attended middle school, was volleyball, but subsequent to participating in and winning a football tournament in the intramural athletic meeting of his school, he started a new career as a football player, during which he played for the Industrial Bank of Korea FC for five years and then returned to Kyunghee University in 1967 as a coach.

Career highlights

During his long career, Cha acted as a referee and, in his position as referee assistant, was in charge of the final match in Los Angeles' 1984 Summer Olympics. He also worked for Korea Football Association as a President of Technical Committee, Disciplinary Committee.

As part of his career as an executive at the Industrial Bank of Korea FC, University of Incheon, and Kyunghee University, he became a manager of Jeonbuk Dinos in 1994. He was awarded Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Coach of the Year in 2003[1] and, during 1998–2004, while coaching Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, enabled the team to win K-League three times in a row and qualify to AFC Champions League final in 2004, which gained him great affection from almost every fan of Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

His good fortune, however, was not in evidence during his last year with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. Although he won the AFC Champions League final 1st leg beating Al-Ittihad (Jeddah) by a score of 3-1 in Jeddah, the opposing team ultimately inflicted a 5-0 rout. He resigned from the club shortly thereafter and died less than two years later of Lou Gehrig's disease, ten weeks before his 70th birthday, having spent the last five months in the hospital.[2]


See also


  1. "Mahdavikia scoops Asian best player award". FIFA. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. 차경복 전 성남 감독 별세 (in Korean). Sportal Korea. 2006-10-31.
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