Cha in training with Celtic in 2010.
|Full name||Cha Du-Ri|
|Date of birth||25 July 1980|
|Place of birth||Frankfurt am Main, West Germany|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|Current club||FC Seoul|
|2002–2003||→ Arminia Bielefeld (loan)||22||(1)|
|2003–2004||→ Eintracht Frankfurt (loan)||31||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
|Revised Romanization||Cha Du(-)ri|
Cha Du-Ri (Hangul: 차두리; born 25 July 1980) is a German-born South Korean professional footballer who currently plays for K League Classic club FC Seoul. He can operate as a right back, right winger, or striker. He 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. 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.
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 while his father was playing for Frankfurt and later for Bayer Leverkusen.
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 right winger, supporting Striker, and the centre forward position, after his failure to adjust to right wingback for Mainz.
Following interest from Celtic, Cha arrived in Glasgow for a medical on 30 June 2010. In an interview regarding the completion of a move to Parkhead, Cha expressed his desire to compete in an Old Firm derby. Cha signed for Celtic pending approval of a work permit. In doing so he joined up with his national team mate Ki Sung-Yeung.
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. Cha scored his first Celtic goal against St Johnstone in the SPL on 26 December 2010. On 25 March 2012, Cha was sent off in the Old Firm derby, which Celtic lost 3–2.
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.
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. 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
Pim Verbeek, South Korea's head coach, added him into his squad for the qualification of the 2007 Asian Cup. 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.
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. 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. On 26 June, Cha played his 50th game for South Korea in a 1–2 loss against Uruguay.
- As of 1 July 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first
|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|
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. Cha reads, writes, and speaks fluent Korean, German and Dutch. In April 2013, Cha filed for divorce from his wife.
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- "(가자 16강!)나이지리아전 오범석 대신 차두리 기용 이유는?". E-daily. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Football star Cha Du-ri files for divorce". koreatimes.co.kr. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Cha Du-Ri – FIFA competition record
- Cha Du-Ri at National-Football-Teams.com
- Cha Du-Ri at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Cha Du-Ri at kleague.com