Nguyễn Công Phượng

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Nguyễn Công Phượng
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Nghệ An, Vietnam
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
Number 10
Youth career
2007–2014 HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 73 (24)
2016Mito HollyHock (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2013–2014 Vietnam U–19 22 (14)
2017–2018 Vietnam U–22 6 (4)
2015– Vietnam U–23 53 (27)
2015– Vietnam 18 (3)
2018 Vietnam Olympics 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01 September 2018

Nguyễn Công Phượng (born 21 January 1995) is a Vietnamese footballer who plays as a forward for Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, and the Vietnamese national team.

Nicknamed "Messi Vietnam"[1][2] by fan and media due to his playing style and physique, Công Phượng is one of the most promising football talent in Vietnam.[3] He is a product of HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy and was promoted to Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C. first team in 2015. Công Phượng was vote as 2015 young player of the year.[4]

Early life[edit]

Công Phượng was born on 21 January 1995 in Mỹ Sơn, Đô Lương District, Nghệ An Province. He is the fifth child out of six children of Nguyễn Công Bảy and Nguyễn Thị Hoa, his family was poor when he was growing up.[5] Công Phượng has been interested in football since his childhood, around the age of five he started to play football using the ball made of straw with his two-year-older brother Nguyễn Công Khoa,[6] who was later drowned in 2004 at the age of nine.[7]

Công Phượng first started his proper football training at the age of ten when he was introduced to the Đô Lương district sport center by a local football coach Trương Quang Vinh.[8] In 2006, he played for the Đô Lương District youth team at Nghệ An province's football competition.[9] Impressed Sông Lam Nghệ An F.C.'s staff at the competition, Công Phượng was invited into Sông Lam Nghệ An F.C. youth team but after a month of trial, he wasn't accepted because he didn't meet the weight requirement. Công Phượng's weight at that time was only 25.4 kg, while the minimum requirement was 30 kg and 27 kg for special cases.[10]

Club career[edit]

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C.[edit]

HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy[edit]

In 2007, upon hearing the news about HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy recruitment program, Công Phượng persuaded his parent to bring him to Pleiku, where HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy based for the try-out. He was one of the only fourteen candidates who was accepted in to the academy out of about seven thousand candidates from all over the country in the first selection.[11]

In June 2010, Công Phượng and Nguyễn Tuấn Anh were the only two players from HAGL JMG Academy that were invited to a fifteen days oversea tranning program in Mali, It was a training program for top players of JMG Academy from all over the globe.[12]

In November 2012, Công Phượng along with Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, Lương Xuân Trường, Trần Hữu Đông Triều were four of the players from the academy received the invitation to train with Arsenal F.C. U–17 team.[13] In the letter, Arsenal's performance supervisor, Steve Morrow stated that manager Arsène Wenger was impressed with the academy's players when they beat Arsenal U–17 team in January.[14][15]

In October 2014, HAGL – Arsenal JMG Academy team defeated Thailand U-21 3–0 in the International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup final.[16] A double by Cong Phuong secured the crown for his team.[16]

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai first team[edit]

In 2015, Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C. revolutionized their first team, the club released most of their first team players, only a few players was kept to guide young player from the academy. Công Phượng was promoted to first team along with other academy's player from the first selection.[17] Công Phượng was given number 44 shirt instead of number 10 which he always wore when play for academy team and national U–19 team.[18]

Công Phượng made his 2015 V.League 1 debut on 4 January 2015 at the opening game of the season against Sanna Khánh Hòa F.C.. Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C. won this game 4–2 as Công Phượng scored twice.[19] Công Phượng scored another brace at the eighth round against Dong Thap FC.[20] Công Phượng finished 2015 season with six goals in twenty five appearances, he was club's leading goalscorer and had second most appearance.[21] On 6 January 2016, Công Phượng won the 2015 young player of the year award, beating his club mate Nguyễn Tuấn Anh who won it the previous year and Hà Nội T&T F.C. player Đỗ Duy Mạnh.[22]

Mito HollyHock[edit]

In 2015, he has been loaned to Mito HollyHock for US$100,000J.League Division 2 season.[23][24] On 7 May 2016 Công Phượng made his debut for Mito HollyHock, coming on as a substitute in the 87 minute in a match against Giravanz Kitakyushu that ended 1-0.[25]

International career[edit]

Vietnam U–19[edit]

Công Phượng was first called up to Vietnam U-19 team in September 2013 to participate in 2013 AFF U-19 Youth Championship. The team made it into the final with unbeaten run of five wins but eventually lost out to host nation Indonesia U–19 in the penalty shoot-out (7–6).[26] Công Phượng scored twice in this competition.

Công Phượng was the top goal scorer at the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification held in October 2013. He scored seven goals which include a brace against Australia U–19,[27] the game ended with a shocking result of 5–1 win for U–19 Vietnam. His team finished at the top of the group with nine points and qualified for the final tournament.

At the 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship in September 2014, Công Phượng scored a stunning solo goal against Australia U–19 right at the end of the game which help his team achieve a 1–0 victory. The goal was voted as goal of tournament;[28] this goal helped to raise Công Phượng's popularity even more. Công Phượng scored another goal in the game against U–19 Japan. His team made it into the final and ended up as runner up after lost the game 0–1 to Japan U–19.

Công Phượng captained his team at 2014 AFC U-19 Championship held in October 2014. They were put in a tough group with other Asia powerhouses, Japan U–19, South Korea U–19, and China U–19. His team failed to make it through the group stage with two losses and one draw. This is Công Phượng's last tournament with the U–19 side.[29]

Vietnam U–23[edit]

In March 2015, Công Phượng represented Vietnam U-23 at 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification.[30] He scored four goals that helped the team to qualify for the final tournament in 2016.[31]

Công Phượng was a part of U23 Vietnam that played at SEA Games 2015. His team won the bronze medal,[32] Công Phượng contributed three goals, one of which against U-23 Malaysia was voted as goal of the tournament.[33]

Công Phượng scored four goals at 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification and one goal at 2018 AFC U-23 Championship against Iraq.[34] In this tournament, Vietnam U-23 reached 2nd place. [35]

Vietnam national team[edit]

Công Phượng made is debut for the senior national team as the substitution on 77th min at 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) game against Iraq on 8 October 2015.[36]

Outside football[edit]

Age fabrication accusation[edit]

The rumours that Công Phượng had fabricated his age to play in younger age football competition began to circulate soon after his team won the 2014 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup.[37] It started with the newspaper Thể Thao 24h published on 8 November 2014, three different documents showing three different date of birth of Công Phượng and an interview with a former Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C. youth team's player Bùi Văn Phúc said that both him and Công Phượng had their birth certificate redone, in his case it changed 1994 to 1996 and Công Phượng from 1993 to 1995.[38] Bùi Văn Phúc later denied the newspaper's claim but the newspaper affirmed they told the truth and have recording of the conversation that they were willing to show if necessary.[39]

On 12 November, after two days working in Nghệ An Province, Vietnam Football Federation published Công Phượng's birth certificate that showed he was born on 21 January 1995.[40] On 16 November 2014, VTV Chuyển Động 24h broadcast a program pointing out problems with the birth certificate,[41] the program also published more documents to back up the claim that Công Phượng born in 1993 and asked Công Phượng to speak up.[42] On 17 November, in an interview with Người Lao Động newspaper, Công Phượng made no comment when asked about the accusation he said that he doesn't have permission from the club to answer.[43]

On 18 November, after investigating the matter, Đô Lương District's Justice Committee Division concluded that Công Phượng was born on 21 January 1995.[44] Nghệ An Province's Justice Department reached the same conclusion on 5 December.[45]

On 30 December, VTV was fined 15 million Vietnamese Dong and ordered to issue a public correction by the Ministry of Information and Communications for broadcasting wrongful information about Công Phượng's age,[46] the newspaper Thể Thao 24h was also fined 10 million Vietnamese Dong and ordered to issue a public correction.[47]

International goals[edit]

U-19[edit]

U-22/U-23[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Scores and results list Vietnam's goal tally first.[48]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Vietnam U19

2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up : : 2013, 2014
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up : : 2014

Vietnam U23

2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up : : 2018
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Third place : : 2015
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Third place: : 2017

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