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Choi Tae-Uk (Korean: 최태욱; Hanja: 崔兌旭; born 13 March 1981) is a retired South Korean football international player. He made his debut in the 2000 K League season.

Choi Tae-Uk
최태욱
崔兌旭
Choi Tae-Uk from acrofan.jpg
Personal information
Full name Choi Tae-Uk
Date of birth (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left Winger / Right Winger
Youth career
1997–1999 Bupyeong High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Anyang LG Cheetahs 96 (6)
2004 Incheon United 23 (5)
2005 Shimizu S-Pulse 25 (5)
2006–2007 Pohang Steelers 33 (1)
2008–2010 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 54 (14)
2010–2013 FC Seoul 66 (8)
2014 Ulsan Hyundai 1 (0)
National team
1998–2000 South Korea U-20 14 (11)
2000–2004 South Korea U-23 39 (14)
2000–2012 South Korea 30 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 February 2012
Choi Tae-uk
Hangul
최태욱
Hanja
崔兌旭
Revised RomanizationChoe Tae-uk
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe T'ae-uk

CareerEdit

Choi is a natural winger well known for his great speed. He was identified as a very promising talent in his childhood, and was selected by FC Seoul, then known as Anyang LG Cheetahs ] in the 2000 draft following his graduation from Bupyeong High School (which former Feyenoord player Lee Chun-Soo also attended). Despite his early promise, his professional career at FC Seoul was particularly successful, playing as a wingback together with then-teammate Lee Young-Pyo. After short spells playing for Incheon and J1 League side Shimizu S-Pulse, he joined Pohang Steelers. Although one of the better paid players at Pohang, Choi was not given much of a chance under Brazilian coach Sergio Farias. This was largely because the Steelers concentrated on midfield play rather than the sidelines, with playmaker André Luiz Tavares playing a significant role. Choi was usually fielded as a substitute. Following the conclusion of the 2007 season, he transferred to Jeonbuk in a swap deal with Kwon Jip and Kim Jung-Kyum. (Centerback Kim Sung-Keun was also part of the swap along with Choi.)

At international level, Choi was part of the South Korean 2004 Olympic football team. At the Olympics, South Korea finished second in Group A, making it through to the next round, but was defeated by eventual silver medal winners Paraguay. He was also a member of the 2002 World Cup Korea squad but spent most of the tournament on the bench.

He retired from football in 2015 due to an injury.

Club statisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2000 Anyang LG Cheetahs K League 1 12 1 2 0 4 0 2 0 20 1
2001 26 0 1 0 5 0 2 1 34 1
2002 22 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 2
2003 36 3 1 0 - - 37 3
2004 Incheon United 23 5 0 0 0 0 - 23 5
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 25 5 4 1 8 3 - 37 9
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2006 Pohang Steelers K League 1 21 1 1 0 4 1 - 26 2
2007 13 0 5 2 6 1 - 24 3
2008 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 18 4 2 0 8 0 - 28 4
2009 28 9 2 0 4 0 - 34 9
2010 12 2 0 0 3 0 6 1 21 3
FC Seoul 16 6 0 0 0 0 - 16 6
2011 13 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 16 1
2012 28 2 1 0 0 0 - 29 2
2013 10 0 2 0 - 4 0 16 0
2014 Ulsan Hyundai 1 0 0 0 - 2 0 3 0
Total South Korea 279 35 18 2 34 2 20 3 351 42
Japan 25 5 4 1 8 3 - 37 9
Career total 304 40 22 3 42 5 19 3 388 51

National teamEdit

National team statisticsEdit

[1]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 4 2
2001 6 1
2002 10 1
2003 5 0
2004 0 0
2005 2 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
2008 0 0
2009 2 0
2010 0 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
Total 30 4

International goalsEdit

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
7 April 2000 Seoul, South Korea   Mongolia 2 goals 6–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
10 November 2001 Seoul, South Korea   Croatia 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match
20 April 2002 Daegu, South Korea   Costa Rica 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match

HonorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Choi Tae-uk". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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