Cho in 2013
|Full name||Cho Kwang-rae|
|Date of birth||19 March 1954|
|Place of birth||Jinju, Gyeongnam, South Korea|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1971–1973||Jinju High School|
|1980–1981||ROK Army (draft)|
|1976||South Korea Universiade|
|1987–1992||Daewoo Royals (assistant)|
|1992||South Korea (assistant)|
|1995–1997||Suwon Samsung Bluewings (assistant)|
|1999–2004||Anyang LG Cheetahs|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2007|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 July 2007
|Revised Romanization||Jo Gwang-lae|
Cho is regarded as one of the greatest South Korean central midfielders of all time. He was nicknamed the "Computer Linker" because of his accurate passing, wide vision and intelligent decision. Cho spent his club career in Yonsei University, Pohang Steelworks, Army FC and Daewoo Royals.
Cho was selected for the university students' national team for the 1976 World University Football Championship in Uruguay. South Korea advanced to the final by defeating Brazil, Chile and the Netherlands in the championship. In the final against Paraguay, he won a crucial penalty kick, and Paraguay gave up the match after two Paraguayan players who didn't accept the judgement were sent off for hitting the referee. In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Cho contributed to South Korea's draw by providing an assist against Bulgaria, but he scored a fatal own goal in the last match that South Korea lost 3–2 to Italy. Cho also played for the national team for the 1986 Asian Games and consecutively scored team's first goals in the semi-finals and the final. South Korea won a gold medal in the tournament and Cho selected the final match against Saudi Arabia as the best match in his international career.
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|July 22, 1977||Kuala Lumpur||Indonesia||1 goal||5–1||1977 Merdeka Cup|
|July 26, 1977||Kuala Lumpur||Burma||1 goal||4–0||1977 Merdeka Cup|
|July 12, 1978||Kuala Lumpur||Japan||1 goal||4–0||1978 Merdeka Cup|
|December 10, 1978||Bangkok||Bahrain||2 goals||5–1||1978 Asian Games|
|September 8, 1979||Seoul||Sudan||1 goal||8–0||1979 Korea Cup|
|September 16, 1979||Incheon||Bangladesh||3 goals||9–0||1979 Korea Cup|
|March 22, 1980||Kuala Lumpur||Japan||2 goals||3–1||1980 Summer Olympics qualification|
|March 31, 1980||Kuala Lumpur||Brunei||1 goal||3–0||1980 Summer Olympics qualification|
|April 3, 1980||Kuala Lumpur||Indonesia||1 goal||1–0||1980 Summer Olympics qualification|
|October 3, 1986||Seoul||Indonesia||1 goal||4–0||1986 Asian Games|
|October 5, 1986||Seoul||Saudi Arabia||1 goal||2–0||1986 Asian Games|
- K League 1: 1984, 1987
- Korean League Cup runner-up: 1986
- Asian Club Championship: 1985–86
South Korea Universiade
- Korean Football Best XI: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986
- Korean Footballer of the Year: 1981
- K League 1 Best XI: 1983
Anyang LG Cheetahs
- K League 1: 2000
- Korean League Cup runner-up: 1999
- Korean Super Cup: 2001
- Asian Club Championship runner-up: 2001–02
- '영원한 진주 축구인' 파란만장 인생이야기 (in Korean). Gyeongnam Ilbo. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
- 축구대표1陣 보강 2陣6명 편입┈대학선발군도 뽑아 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 1 July 1976.
- "Football". FISU. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- 한국 축구 첫 세계 제패는 1976년이었다 (in Korean). Chosun.com. 27 September 2010.
- 조광래는 누구인가? 축구 인생 '하이라이트 5선' (in Korean). Maeil Business Newspaper. 21 July 2010.
- 조광래 JO Kwang-Rae MF (in Korean). KFA. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- 全國蹴球폐막 高大,3년만에 覇權 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 2 December 1974.
- 실업축구 충의·서울시청 공동우승 (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 24 March 1980. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- 大統領杯 전국축구 延大 강호忠義꺾고 우승 (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 15 May 1980. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- Lee, Seung-soo; Schöggl, Hans; Trevena, Mark (13 May 2020). "South Korea - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- Lee, Seung-soo; Trevena, Mark (8 April 2020). "South Korea - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- Fujioka, Atsushi; Halchuk, Stephen; Stokkermans, Karel (25 March 2020). "Asian Champions' Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Universiade 1976". RSSSF. 14 November 2003.
- Stokkermans, Karel (6 September 2018). "Asian Games". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
- Stokkermans, Karel (7 February 2019). "Asian Nations Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- 趙榮增 최우수選手로 新聞·通信 蹴球기자 선정 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 26 December 1977.
- 최우수선수 金在漢 蹴球베스트11 선정 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 16 January 1979.
- 최우수選手 朴成華 체육기자단 蹴球11 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 26 December 1979.
- 80最優秀선수 李榮武 蹴球기자단 選定…27일표창 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 21 January 1981.
- 축구 최우수선수 趙廣來 뽑혀 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 8 January 1982.
- 축구「베스트11」선정 축구 記者團. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 17 January 1984. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
- 85축구 베스트11 선정. Naver.com (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 22 January 1986. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- 축구「올해의 베스트11」선정. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 17 December 1986. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- 축구記者團 GK 趙炳得등 베스트11 선정 (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 26 September 1983.
- [프로축구 시상식] 최우수선수에 최용수 (in Korean). Maeil Business Newspaper. 26 December 2000.
- Cho Kwang-rae – K League stats at kleague.com (in Korean)
- Cho Kwang-rae – FIFA competition record
- Cho Kwang-rae at National-Football-Teams.com
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