Chan Vathanaka

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Chan Vathanaka
ចាន់ វឌ្ឍនាកា
Chan vathanaka 2013-11-04 11-18.jpg
Vathanaka in 2013
Personal information
Full name Chan Vathanaka
Date of birth (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Kampot, Cambodia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Boeung Ket FC
Number 11
Youth career
2010–2011 Svay Rieng
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Svay Rieng 17 (10)
2012–2017 Boeung Ket FC 90 (116)
2017Fujieda MYFC (loan) 0 (0)
2018 Pahang FA 10 (1)
2018 Boeung Ket FC 9 (5)
2019 PKNS 18 (3)
2019– Boeung Ket FC 0 (0)
National team
2011 Cambodia U19 3 (0)
2012–2015 Cambodia U23 25 (7)
2013– Cambodia 45 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2018

Chan Vathanaka (Khmer: ចាន់ វឌ្ឍនាកា; born 23 January 1994), simply known as CV11, is a Cambodian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Boeung Ket FC and for the Cambodia national team. He is known for his pace, skills, and ability to score free kick goals. He is regarded by fans as the best footballer from Cambodia.

Club career[edit]

Preah Khan Reach[edit]

Vathanaka played for the senior team of Preah Khan Reach F.C. during the 2011–12 season.

Boeung Ket Angkor[edit]

Vathanaka signed a contract with Boeung Ket Angkor in 2012.

Season 2015 On 1 August 2015 Vathanaka scored all six goals in a 6-0 win over Asia Europe United. Impressively, this was not even his best accomplishment; in a 12-2 over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey on 11 July 2015 Vathanaka scored eight goals, the highest tally for a Cambodian-born player in the league, as well as giving him 16 goals in the first 8 games of the 2015 season.[1]

In the semifinals of the 2015 Mekong Club Championship Vathanaka scored all three goals in a 3-2 win over Becamex Bình Dương, putting Boeung Ket Angkor in the final.[2] Although Boeung Ket Angkor lost in the final to Buriram United, Vathanaka finished the tournament as the highest goalscorer, with five goals, and was also named best player.

Vathanaka finished the 2015 league season with 35 goals, a total of 55 goals in all competitions including national and club, the most of any Southeast Asian player.[3]

In his first start of the 2016 season Vathanaka scored a hat-trick in under five minutes as Boeung Ket Angkor beat CMAC FC 6-0.[4]

In a match against Svay Rieng on 21 May 2016 Vathanaka scored goals in the 85th, 89th, and 90+3rd minute as his team came from behind to win 3-1. The first goal, an audacious left-foot volley from a cross, was touted of one of the goals of the 2016 season.[5]

Vathanaka finished the 2016 Cambodian League as the top scorer for the second consecutive year with 22 goals, as his team Boeung Ket Angkor dramatically won the title on the last match day by a single point.[6]

Fujiyeda MYFC[edit]

During the 2016 season, Vathanaka was loaned out to the J3 League team. Donning his iconic number 11 shirt, Vathanaka didn't start a single game during his loan spell there, making only a single last minute substitution.

Pahang FA[edit]

In December 2017 Vathanaka signed for Pahang FA for the upcoming season after a disappointing spell in Japan.[7] He has since been released from Pahang FA to be replaced by Issey Nakajima in an article by FOX Sports Asia.

PKNS FC[edit]

After Vathanaka was released from Pahang FA, Vathanaka came back to Cambodia to rejoin his former club Boeung Ket Angkor.

On January 18th 2019, PKNS FC signed Vathanaka on a free contract according to an Article. He was given the number 29 jersey instead of number 11 in which his famous CV11 became CV29. This was by far his most successful season playing oversea where he made over 13 appearances in the Liga Super. He only made 10 appearances at Pahang FA in that same league.

International career[edit]

He made his senior international debut on 22 March 2013 in a 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification match against Turkmenistan.[8]

Vathanaka played an important part in Cambodia's campaign in the 2018 World Cup qualification. In the first qualifying game he came off the bench to score two goals, the second a thunderous free-kick, in a 3-0 home win over Macau.[9] On 28 July 2016 Vathanaka scored a goal by his free-kick between the match Cambodia and Singapore in a friendly match.Cambodia won their match with Singapore again after Jakarta Anniversary Tournament in 1972.

He was part of the Cambodian national team for the 2016 AFF Championship. He scored two goals against Malaysia in the group stage.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

Updated 4 February 2018.[11]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup Total
2017 Fujieda MYFC J3 League 0 0 1 0 2 0
Malaysia League Malaysia Cup Total
2018 Pahang Super League 10 1 2 0 12 1
Total 11 1 3 0 14 1


As of 29 March 2018[12]
National team Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
2014 6 2
2015 6 2
2016 14 6
2017 9 3
2018 2 1
Total 39 14

International goals[edit]


Scores and results list Cambodia's goal tally first.[12]





Boeung Ket Angkor

Personal life[edit]

Since October 2015 Vathanaka has celebrated goals by kissing a tattoo on his right arm. The tattoo is a memorial to his parents and family.[13] Vathanaka also has a passion for karaoke and music; when he was injured in September 2015 he spent seven hours singing and recording songs with Cambodian singer Meas Soksophea.[3]

In January 2016 Vathanaka became a goodwill ambassador for the cellphone company SEATEL.[14]


  1. ^ Noveanto, Eric (29 July 2015). "Vathanaka's six-goal Boeung Ket Angkor marvel in Cambodian league". Football Channel Asia. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ Noveanto, Eric (7 December 2015). "Vathanaka's hat-trick hands Boeung Ket 3-2 win over Binh Duong". Football Channel Asia. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Tien, Edward (2 November 2015). "Five facts about Cambodia's talisman Chan Vathanaka". Football Channel Asia. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  4. ^ Vorajee, Ismail (6 March 2016). "Vathanaka Nets Three in CMAC Mauling". Khmer Times. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  5. ^ Vorajee, Ismail (24 May 2016). "Cambodian C-League Round 8: Vathanaka stars as Boeung Ket keep pressure on leaders Army". Football Channel Asia. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Chan Vathanaka crowned 2016 Cambodian League's top scorer". Football Channel Asia. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  7. ^ Murphy, Paul (16 December 2017). "Cambodia ace Chan Vathanaka joins Malaysia's Pahang from Japan". ESPN FC. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ "AFC CHALLENGE CUP 2014". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  9. ^ H S Manjunath and Sreng Meng Srun (13 March 2015). "Cambodia storms past Macau 3-0 in World Cup qualifier". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Malaysia vs Cambodia Report" (PDF).
  11. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 259 out of 289)
  12. ^ a b "Chan Vathanaka". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  13. ^ Pu Sam (18 January 2016). "Why does Vathanka kissing the hand behind after goal". Sabay News (in Khmer). Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  14. ^ Mony Phearum (11 January 2016). "Chan Vathanaka to become an official goodwill ambassador for SEATEL". Sabay News (in Khmer). Retrieved 17 March 2016.

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