Korea Republic

Cha Bumkun: An Asian pioneer

  • Cha Bumkun turns 67 today
  • Korea Republic legend played and coached at the World Cup
  • He starred in the Bundesliga and was a pioneer for Asian players in Europe

Few Asian footballers have influenced the game more than Cha Bumkun.

Widely regarded as Korea Republic's greatest ever, he was one of the first players from Asia to make an impact in Europe, paving the way for the influx that has followed in subsequent decades.

While best remembered for his successes as a player, which included winning the UEFA Cup with two separate German clubs, he went into coaching too and led his beloved Taegeuk Warriors to the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™.

As Cha turns 67, this video looks back on his glittering, pioneering career and the lasting impact he has made on his continent and across world football.

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