An international career that spanned over 13 years came to a close on Tuesday night as South Korean defender Cha Du-ri played his final international match in a narrow 1-0 win over New Zealand.
The 34-year-old, who had announced his international retirement following South Korea’s 2-1 loss to Australia in the 2015 Asian Cup finals, was given one last curtain call by coach Uli Stielike this past week as the Taeguk Warriors took on the All Whites as well as AFC rivals Uzbekistan.
“I may not have been a great player, but I always tried my best,” the player said during a tearful halftime ceremony. “I have received more love than I deserve and I’m grateful for that.”
Cha, who currently plays for FC Seoul after a successful decade in Germany and Scotland, concluded his international duty with 76 caps and appearances in two World Cups and three Asian Cups. He was named to the Asian Cup Team of the Tournament in both 2011 and 2015.