Chan Vathanaka received his Golden Boot from Cambodian League with 37 goals (2015).
|Full name||Chan Vathanaka|
|Date of birth||23 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Kampot, Cambodia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Forward|
|Boeung Ket Angkor|
|2010||Preah Khan Reach|
|2011–2012||Preah Khan Reach||17||(10)|
|2012–||Boeung Ket Angkor||60||(55)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|1.||8 October 2014||Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei||Chinese Taipei||1–0||2–0||Friendly Match|
|3.||12 March 2015||Army Stadium, Phnom Penh||Macau||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)|
|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|
- 2012 Cambodia best young player of the year
- 2013 Hun Sen Cup Golden Boot
- 2014 Cambodian League Most Valuable Player
- 2015 Cambodian League Most Valuable Player
- 2015 Cambodian League Golden Boot
- 2015 Mekong Club Championship: Most Valuable Player
- 2016 Cambodian League Most Valuable Player
- 2016 Cambodian League Golden Boot
- Boeung Ket Angkor
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. 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. 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.
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- "His Girlfriend Chan Vathanaka tell about their sweet love story". Luly 9. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Pu Sam (18 January 2016). "Why does Vathanka kissing the hand behind after goal". Sabay News (in Khmer). Retrieved 17 March 2016.
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