Chan Vathanaka

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Chan Vathanaka
Chan Vathanaka and his Golden Boot from 2015.jpg
Chan Vathanaka received his Golden Boot from Cambodian League with 37 goals (2015).
Personal information
Full name Chan Vathanaka
Date of birth (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Kampot, Cambodia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Boeung Ket Angkor
Number 11
Youth career
2010 Preah Khan Reach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Preah Khan Reach 17 (10)
2012– Boeung Ket Angkor 60 (55)
National team
2011 Cambodia U19 3 (0)
2012–2015 Cambodia U23 25 (15)
2013– Cambodia 24 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2016

Chan Vathanaka (Khmer: ចាន់ វឌ្ឍនាកា; born 23 January 1994) is a Cambodian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Boeung Ket Angkor and the Cambodia national team as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

2015 season[edit]

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 5 goals and was also named best player.

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

2016 season[edit]

In his first start of the 2016 season Vathanaka scored a hat-trick in under 5 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]

On 28 July 2016 Vathanaka scored a goal by his free kicked between the match Cambodia and Singapore in a friendly match.Cambodia won their match with Singapore again after Jakarta Anniversary Tournament in 1972.

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]

International career[edit]

He made his senior international debut on 22 March 2013 in a 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification match against Turkmenistan.[7]

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.[8]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2014 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 1–0 2–0 Friendly Match
2. 2–0
3. 12 March 2015 Army Stadium, Phnom Penh  Macau 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
4. 2–0
5. 28 July 2016 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh  Singapore 1–0 2–1 Friendly Match
6. 1 September 2016 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 2–3 2–4 Friendly Match
7. 21 October 2016 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh  Timor-Leste 2–0 3–2 2016 AFF Championship qualification
8. 3–2




Boeung Ket Angkor

Personal life[edit]

Vathanaka is in a relationship with Cambodian swimmer an Olympic athlete Hem Thon Vitiny. The two meet each other at a festavile when they were both 16 and have been together since then.[9] 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.[10] Vathanaka also has a passion for karaoke and music, while he was injured in September 2015 he spent 7 hours singing and recording songs with Cambodian singer Meas Soksophea.[3]

In January 2016 Vathanaka became a goodwill ambassador for the cellphone company SEATEL.[11]


  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. ^ "AFC CHALLENGE CUP 2014". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "His Girlfriend Chan Vathanaka tell about their sweet love story". Luly 9. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Pu Sam (18 January 2016). "Why does Vathanka kissing the hand behind after goal". Sabay News (in Khmer). Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  11. ^ 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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