Lê Công Vinh

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is , but is often simplified to Le in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Vinh.
Lê Công Vinh
Le Cong Vinh, V-League 2009.JPG
Cong Vinh playing for Hà Nội T&T F.C.
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Quỳnh Lưu, Nghệ An, Vietnam
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Becamex Bình Dương
Number 28
Youth career
1998–2004 Sông Lam Nghệ An F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Sông Lam Nghệ An 61 (49)
2009–2011 Hà Nội T&T 40 (25)
2009 Leixões (loan) 2 (1)
2012 Hà Nội FC 23 (11)
2013–2014 Sông Lam Nghệ An 36 (21)
2013 Consadole Sapporo (loan) 9 (2)
2014– Becamex Bình Dương 35 (9)
National team
2001–2003 Vietnam U20 20 (19)
2003–2007 Vietnam U23 7 (17)
2004–2016 Vietnam 75 (46)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 August 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2016

Lê Công Vinh (born 10 December 1985, in Nghệ An, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese footballer who plays forward for V.League 1 club Becamex Bình Dương. He is also a member of the Vietnamese national team.

He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and talented Vietnamese players in Vietnamese football history.

Club career[edit]

Sông Lam Nghệ An[edit]

Born in Nghệ An, Vinh is a well known Vietnamese footballer. Vinh is widely considered the one of the best strikers that Sông Lam Nghệ An has ever produced, along with Phạm Văn Quyến. He is currently SLNA's all-time top goal scorer.

Hà Nội T&T[edit]

In 2008, after a well-documented transfer saga, Vinh turned down Thể Công at the last minute to accept a more lucrative offer from Hà Nội T&T; it was the highest transfer fee in Vietnamese football at the time.[1]

Leixões S.C.[edit]

At the beginning of August 2009, T&T announced that Vinh would be joining Leixões Sport Club of Portugal in a three-month loan deal, starting 1 September 2009.[2][3] The deal was facilitated by Henrique Calisto, who was once Leixões' manager.

On 24 August 2009, Vinh officially signed with Leixões and was given the number 29 shirt. Two days later, in a friendly match against Padroense F.C., he scored his first goal for the club, as a substitute, in the 89th minute to secure a 2–0 win. He was included in the 18-man squad for the match against defending champions F.C. Porto on 12 September,[4] but did not make the field in an eventual 1–4 loss. His first-team debut came on 4 October, in a league contest against União de Leiria, making him the first ever Vietnamese footballer to play in a professional European league;[5] he played the entire ninety minutes in an eventual 3–2 home win, despite trailing for most of the game.[6]

On 18 October 2009, Vinh scored his first official goal for Leixões, in a 2–1 Portuguese Cup win against Casa Pia AC. In January of the following year, he returned to Hà Nội T&T.

Hà Nội FC[edit]

Le Cong Vinh made the move from T&T to its city rivals Hà Nội FC in September 2011. Vinh was set to sign a three-year extension with T&T but decided to move to ACB after the controversial 2011 V-League season and the set up at ACB.[7]

Sông Lam Nghệ An[edit]

After Hà Nội FC was dissolved following the 2012 season, Công Vinh began the long process of finding a new club. After turning down trial offers from Sriwijaya[8] of the Indonesia Super League and Consadole Sapporo[9] of the J. League Division 2, he settled with a one-year loan move back to Sông Lam Nghệ An.[10]

Consadole Sapporo[edit]

After failed negotiations earlier in the 2013 V.League 1 season, Le Cong Vinh announced he would join J. League Division 2 side Consadole Sapporo on loan on 22 July 2013.[11] His time with Consadole is scheduled to last five months from August 2013 through 1 January 2014.[12] However, he decided to return Vietnam one month earlier than expected because Consadole Sapporo could not go to the play-off match.[13]

Becamex Bình Dương[edit]

In a game against Xi Măng Hải Phòng FC on 27 April 2015 Công Vinh set the record for the fastest goal ever scored in Vietnamese football as he out the ball in the net with barely that ten seconds played. Bình Dương kick off the match with Công Vinh latching on to a quick pass to chip the ball over goalkeeper Nguyễn Thanh Thắng in an eventual 3-1 win.[14]

International career[edit]

In the first group match of the 2007 Asian Cup, Vinh scored the second goal for Vietnam to secure a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates; the nation eventually reached the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champions Iraq.

After a quiet and much criticized performance in the group stage in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, Vinh came through in the elimination stage. He set up the only goal in a 1–0 upset of defending champions Singapore. In the first leg of the final, Vinh scored the second to give Vietnam a victory against Thailand in Bangkok.

In the second leg, Vinh set off a wild celebration throughout Vietnam as he headed home the tying goal in the last minute time to give Vietnam the first ever ASEAN Football Championship title.[15]

After the 2016 AYA Bank Cup, Vinh announced that he would retire from international football after the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.[16]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Vietnam's goal tally first.[17]
  1. ^ Singapore won 5-4 on penalty kicks; this match is not considered a full international by FIFA because of too many substitutions but it is official for the Singapore FA.

Playing style[edit]

Vinh is widely considered one of the best players in South-East Asia. He is known for his exceptionally quick first step, having played in the traditional forward as well as the second striker role.

Additionally, Vinh has stated that he idolizes Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo,[18] two of the best wingers in modern football. His favorite approach is to attack the box from both flanks and attempt to strike or create scoring opportunities for his teammates.


In 2009, Vinh ranked number five on Goal.com's Top Ten Most Promising Youngsters in Asian Football.[19] In March 2009, he was given the Vietnamese Bronze Ball 2008, also holding the record for most goals scored in a single season by a Vietnamese player in the V-League for several seasons.[20] By May 2010, he was the top Vietnamese goal-scorer in the league's history, also ranking second in the all-time top scorers table.[21] On 22 March 2014, Vinh became the first player of the Vietnam football league to score 100 goals when Sông Lam Nghệ An F.C. won 3-1 against Hải Phòng F.C..[22]

Personal life[edit]

Rumors surfaced in early 2009 that Vinh had been dating Vietnamese singer Thuỷ Tiên as they were spotted together on multiple occasions. During an interview before leaving Vietnam to join Leixões, Vinh revealed to the press that he and the singer are in fact a couple.[23] They became engaged two years later. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter in January 2013.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Công Vinh bất ngờ từ chối Thể Công để tới T&T Hà Nội
  2. ^ Công Vinh thi đấu ở giải vô địch Bồ Đào Nha
  3. ^ Vietnam's Le Cong Vinh set for loan with Portugal's Leixoes; GOAL.com, 7 August 2009
  4. ^ Công Vinh được Lexoes SC xếp đá trận gặp Porto
  5. ^ Soccer star Cong Vinh makes history in Portugal
  6. ^ Leixoes SC vs Uniao Leiria; at WSN.com
  7. ^ http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/sports/13376/cong-vinh-leaves-hanoi-t-t-to-hanoi-acb.html
  8. ^ "Vietnam's top striker seeks job in Indonesia". english.vietnamnet.vn. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cong Vinh invited to play football in Japan". english.vietnamnet.vn. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Striker Cong Vinh set for return to Song Lam Nghe An". Vietnamnews.vn. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cong Vinh to join Japanese FC from August". Vietnamnet.vn. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.consadole-sapporo.jp/news/2013/07/015017.html
  13. ^ http://dantri.com.vn/the-thao/cong-vinh-xin-ve-nuoc-som-truoc-1-thang-807235.htm
  14. ^ Noveanto, Eric (28 April 2015). "Le Cong Vinh sets V-League record for fastest goal". Football Channel Asia. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Cong Vinh delivers first AFF Suzuki Cup crown to Vietnam
  16. ^ "Conh Vinh to retire internationally after AFF Suzuki Cup 2016". ASEAN Football Federation. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "NFT profile". National Football Teams. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Rising star brightens Vietnam; FIFA.com, 9 January 2009
  19. ^ Le Cong Vinh among top 10 Asian Youngsters/players to watch out for in 2009
  20. ^ Lê Công Vinh trên đường chinh phục kỷ lục
  21. ^ All-time top goal scorers of V-League
  22. ^ Công Vinh phá cột mốc 100 bàn ở V-League
  23. ^ Công Vinh: "Tôi và Thuy Tien là một cặp!"

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