Former international football player Cha Bum-Kun is regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of South Korean football. He also played with his national football team for a long time after he made his debut back in 1972. Bum-Kun has played for different South Korean and German football clubs in his football careers, like Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, and Gimcheon FC in his professional football career. He could play excellently as the winger, but he was more comfortable playing as a striker. The South Korean international has also won multiple trophies with the German football clubs.
Cha Bum-Kun is currently the 29th highest all-time international goal scorer. (As of February 2022) Asian former striker Bum-Kun has scored many goals for his national team and assisted his teammates in international matches. He has been rewarded with many national honors in his old playing days. The former footballer of the UEFA Cup winner is considered a legendary forward in football due to his precise shooting and leadership quality in his old playing days. This biography on retired South Korean football player Cha Bum-Kun covers some important moments from his early life to date.
Cha Bum-Kun: Quick facts
|Full name||Cha Bum-Kun|
|Nickname||Also nicknamed “Cha Boom” by his fans|
|Date of birth||22-05-1953|
|Birthplace||Hwaseong, South Korea|
|Father’s name||Not available|
|Mother’s name||Not available|
|Brother’s/Sister’s name||Not available|
|Height||5.10 feet (1.79 m)|
|Weight||78 Kg (173 pounds)|
|Body measurement||Under Review|
|Body type||Athletic body|
|Eye color||Black color|
|Hair color||Black color|
|Shoe size||Not available|
|Wife/girlfriend/ex-wife||Wife whose name is Not available|
|Children name||Not available|
|Net worth||Around 4 million dollars|
|Playing position||Striker and central forward|
|Social media presence||Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter|
|Source of Income||Football Club salary, additional bonuses, sponsorship and merchandise|
|Last Updated||February 2022|
Former legendary South Korean international footballer Cha Bum-Kun was born in a middle-class family in South Korea called Hwaseong. Currently, we do not have any information about his parents and their profession. We will update the information soon. Footballer Cha did not have an easy childhood while growing up. Growing up in poverty, he always dreamt of becoming a successful footballer. Currently, we do not have any information about his siblings and their age. We will update the information soon.
Growing up, Cha Bum-Kun was interested in other sports like Ice hockey and marathons apart from football. Showing good football skills early, he grew up playing local tournaments in his hometown. He was very talented at a young age, so he was given a chance to join the youth football team of Kyungshin high school. He played with the iconic number 11 on his jersey during his playing days at the German football clubs. Likewise, he used Cha as his name in his club and his national team kit during his career.
Cha Bum-Kun Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurement
The UEFA Cup winner former Malaysian striker was born on 13-11-1953, making him 68 years old. He is a Christian by religion, and his Zodiac (horoscope) sign is Gemini. Bum-Kun was a right-footed player in his old football-playing days. However, he also had excellent shooting accuracy with his weak foot. He is also nicknamed “Cha Boom” by his fans, for his powerful shots and precise free kicks.
Bum-Kun had a medium-sized body in his old football playing days and he currently stands 5.10 feet tall. Even at old age, he has evenly matched weight as he weighs around 143 pounds (65 kilograms). Former legendary South Korean international footballer Bum-Kun has black colour eyes and black colour hair. We currently do not have any information about his body measurement. We will update the information soon.
Cha Bum-Kun Net Worth
According to multiple sources, Cha Bum-Kun is believed to be worth around 4 million dollars to date. (As of February 2022) He played for different German football clubs like Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen football club in his professional football career. Even though he was born in Korea, he spent most of his youth and adulthood in Germany playing football.
Therefore his current net worth includes football club salary, additional bonuses, endorsement, and sponsorship deals he earned during his playing days. The legendary South Korean former international footballer also made 136 appearances for his national football team after making his debut in 1972. He earned a significant salary playing for his national team in his prime playing days. His earnings and net worth in his prime playing days made him one of the richest players in his home country.
Who is Cha Bum-Kun wife?
The UEFA Cup winner South Korean international Cha Bum-Kun is a true believer of Jesus. We do not have any information about his wife and her profession at the moment. We will update the information very soon. The Asian games men football gold medal winner South Korean and his wife are parents to two sons, Cha Se-jji and Cha Doo-ri.
His son Doo-ri was also a former professional footballer who followed his father’s footsteps. He also played for the German football club Frankfurt like his father. Cha Bum-Kun is considered one of the legendary striker in the history of Asian football.
Cha Bum-Kun International Records and Goals
The former German league title winner South Korean international was prolific for his national football team. He is the highest all-time international goal scorer in the history of South Korean football. Bum-Kun has scored a total of 58 international goals for South Korea. He achieved this feat in 136 appearances with South Korean football team. Cham Bum-Kun also holds the youngest player in football history to make 100 appearances for his national football team.
Cha Bum-Kun Managerial career
The legendary Asian footballer also worked as a football coach after retiring from professional football. Bum-Kun was the manager of Ulsan Hyundai FC for three seasons. Likewise, he also coached the national football team of South Korea for one year. Cha Bum-Kun was more successful while managing Suwon Samsung Bluewings where he also helped the team to win many trophies and titles.
Style of play and playing position
Footballer Cha Bum-Kun is regarded as one of the iconic striker in Asian football history. His explosive speed, lethal finishing and power shooting made him one of the best attackers in his old playing days. He could dribble past many opposition defenders in his prime playing days to score a goal. The UEFA Cup winner South Korean striker was renowned for his excellence at the one vs one situation against the opposition players.
In his professional football career, he has won several major trophies like the UEFA Cup and the German league title. In his professional football career, south Korean all-time top scorer Cha Bum-Kun has played mostly as the striker and sometimes as the winger.
Cha Bum-kun Instagram
According to our Study, we could not find any social media accounts owned by the former South Korean international footballer Cha Bum-Kun. We will try to update the information very soon.
FIFA 22 rating
The iconic Asian footballer Cha Bum-Kun is already retired. Footballer Cha does not have a player rating in FIFA 22 as he is not playing for any club or his national football team anymore. However, FIFA may release a prime icon card for the legendary footballer in the future but we are not sure about it. The FIFA 22 game has prime icon cards for legendary footballers like Ronaldo Nazario and Gerd Muller.
- Even though footballer Cha was born to a middle-class family, he was very determined to become a footballer early.
- Bum-Kun impressed the football coach of Kyungshin high school and secured his place in the starting line-up of the team.
- Cha was very talented, so he was given a chance to join the under-20 side of the South Korean national football team.
Professional career (Playing from 1976-1989)
- Cha Bum-Kun played his initial football playing days in South Korea with the football clubs like Gimcheon F.C and Darmstadt 1898.
- He always wanted to play in Europe and his dream came true when Eintracht Frankfurt came calling him to join their squad.
- Bum-Kun played 122 matches for the German football club and scored 46 goals in the meantime.
- Cha also played six seasons for the rival German football club Bayer Leverkusen after accepting a move in 1983.
- He made 185 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen and scored 56 goals in return.
- Cha Bum-Kun is the South Korean all-time top scorer and 29th highest all-time international goal scorer in football history.
- The iconic Asian striker has scored 58 goals in 136 appearances for his national football team.
Trophies and titles:
- South Korean national Championship winner
- UEFA Cup winner with Eintracht Frankfurt
- DFB Pokal winner with Eintracht Frankfurt
- UEFA Cyo winner with Bayer Leverkusen