Ri Kwang-chon

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Ri Kwang-Chon
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-09-04) September 4, 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Nampho, North Korea
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 April 25 67 (5)
2012–2014 Muangthong United 49 (5)
2014 April 25 27 (2)
2015 Pattaya United 14 (2)
National team
2001–2012 Korea DPR 69 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 11, 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 19, 2012
Ri Kwang-chon
Chosŏn'gŭl 리광천
Hancha 李光川
Revised Romanization Ri Gwang-cheon
McCune–Reischauer Ri Kwang-ch'ǒn

Ri Kwang-Chon (born 4 September 1985) is a North Korean international football player.

He played an integral part of the North Korea team that qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Club career[edit]

Ri Kwang-Chon played for Amrokgang in the DPR Korea League. He helped them to win the League title in 2002 and was one of the longest serving players of the team. In 2012, Ri Kwang Chon was chosen to join Chinese side Tianjin Teda but had problems with the work permit. Although not joining a Chinese team, Ri Kwang-Chon eventually joined Muangthong United F.C. in Thailand.[1] Before the end of the 2014 Thai Premier League Ri Kwang-Chon was released from Muangthong United, because he can't break through to the team's starting XI. After his release from Muangthong, Ri returned to North Korea to play for his former club April 25.

International career[edit]

Cha has been a part of the National team since 2001, and has won 69 caps, scoring 1 goal. He is also part of the Korean defence that qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[2] He is a former captain of DPR Korea national football team.


DPR Korea

April 25

Muangthong United


  1. ^ "Ri Kwang-Chon e Choe Kum-Chol al Muangthong United" (in Italian). calciocorea. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ri Kwang-chonFIFA competition record