Nguyễn Quang Hải (footballer, born 1997)

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Nguyễn Quang Hải
Nguyễn Quang Hải.jpg
Hải with Vietnam at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Nguyễn Quang Hải
Date of birth (1997-04-12) 12 April 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Đông Anh, Hanoi, Vietnam
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Hà Nội
Number 19
Youth career
2009–2015 Hà Nội F.C
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Hà Nội 124 (32)
2015Sài Gòn (loan) 13 (4)
National team
2012–2014 Vietnam U17 5 (1)
2014–2017 Vietnam U20 15 (1)
2017–2020 Vietnam U23 35 (12)
2017– Vietnam 25 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Nguyễn Quang Hải (born 12 April 1997) is a Vietnamese professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Hà Nội and Vietnam national football team. In 2018, he was voted by a panel of sports journalists and football experts as among the top 15 of Best Footballer in Asia. In 2019, he was voted as among the top 17 best footballers in Asia. He is considered as one of the best Vietnamese footballers of his generation.

International career[edit]

Vietnam under-16[edit]

Nguyễn Quang Hải was called up for the 2012 AFC U-16 Championship qualification at the age of only 14.

Vietnam under-19[edit]

After an impressive performance in the 2014 under-19 National Championship, Quang Hải was called up to the National U-19 side. He went on to represent the under-19 team in the 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship and the Bruneian Hassanal Bolkiah Championship, where Vietnam finished as runner-up on both occasions.

He made a significant contribution in the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship campaign. In the first game against North Korea, he assisted Hồ Minh Dĩ in Vietnam's opening goal.[2] Vietnam went on to beat host Bahrain in the Quarters-final, thus qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. This was Vietnam's first appearance in a youth FIFA World Cup tournament.

He captained the Vietnam national under-20 football team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup group stage matches against U-20 Honduras and U-20 France.

Vietnam Under-23 and Olympic Vietnam[edit]

Quang Hải was first called up to the under-23 national team for a friendly against the U-23 Malaysia in February, 2017.[3] He was then included in the Vietnam squad for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.[4] In the decisive game against Thailand, he was on the bench for the first half, and immediately made an impact in the second one, being fouled by Ratthanakorn Maikami in the penalty area. Nguyễn Công Phượng, however, missed the spot-kick as Vietnam lost 3-0 and was eliminated.

The appointment of head coach Park Hang-seo saw a significant improvement in the under-23 team hierarchy, as Quang Hải started becoming untouchable in the team's front 3.[5] He was widely praised as a national hero during the historic 2018 AFC U-23 Championship campaign, as the U-23 Vietnam upset major title contenders en route to their very first continental final.[6][7]

Hải had been instrumental for the team from the group stage, scoring both of the team's two goals. The one against Australia national under-23 soccer team would ensure him a Man of the match award. [8][9] He also converted his penalty kick during the shootout in the quarters-final against Iraq national under-23 football team, thus secured Vietnam a spot in the semi-final.[10] Quang Hải's performance against the Qatar national under-23 football team in the semi-final was widely believed to be his most plausible.[11] Hải leveled the score with a low range half-volley in the 69th minute, only for Almoez Ali to regained Qatar's lead in the 87th. He immediately struck back, beautifully controlled the loose ball following a free-kick, then faking a shot to dribble past through 2 defenders flamboyantly before placing the shot into the far corner; all happened within a minute from the Almoez Ali's goal. He later missed his own in the penalty-shootout, but Vietnam ended up winning 4-3 and advanced to the final.[12] In the final, Hải once again impressed, equalized the score with a free-kick goal. The goal, nicknamed "rainbow in the snow" by the media, has become a symbol for the unprecedented emotional excitement brought to the Vietnamese people by the historic campaign, as well as the national spirit that goes with it. [13][14][15] The goal was later voted as the goal of the tournament.[16] Vietnam, however, lost to the U-23 Uzbekistan in the last minute of extra time.

He was widely considered to be one of the best players of the tournament, being inducted into several teams of the tournament by various sources.[17] His ability to score from long range was one of the key technical talking points mentioned by the AFC.[18] There were even aggressive criticisms by the Southeast Asian media towards the AFC for not awarding the Most Valuable Player to Quang Hải.[19] At the end of the tournament, Hải, along with teammate Bui Tien Dung, was awarded the 3rd class Labor Order for his impressive performance.[20]

Quang Hải was named into Vietnam’s Asian Games 2018 lineup. Quang Hải scored 1 goal in Vietnam’s 3-0 win over Pakistan. In a match against Japan, he would score the only goal of the match as Vietnam defeated Japan to top the Group. Vietnam would later go all the way to the Semi Finals for the first time in their history at the Asian games, where they were defeated by South Korea 3-1. Vietnam would later lose to the UAE in a penalty shootout in the Bronze Medal Match.[21]

Quang Hải captained[22] and scored 1 goal for Vietnam in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in a 6-1 win against Laos before he was injured in a match against Singapore and missed the rest of the tournament. However, Vietnam would still go on without him to defeat Indonesia in the Final for the gold medal, their first gold in the SEA games football competition since South Vietnam won in 1959.

Vietnam National Football Team[edit]

On 13 June 2017, Quang Hải made his international debut for the Vietnam senior team, against Jordan, in a match that ended in a 0–0 draw.[23] He scored his first senior goal for Vietnam against Cambodia on 5 September 2017, coming on as a substitute and scored a late winner.[24]

In the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Quang Hải played every very minute but 2 as Vietnam won its first Southeast Asian football championship in 10 years. In the first 3 games of the group stages, he was given a midfield position by head coach Park Hang-seo, which raised the question among the fans.[25][26] In the last one against Cambodia, he reclaimed a slot in the front 3 and was immediately awarded Man of the match.[27][28] He played as an advanced playmaker for the rest of the tournament, being awarded Man of the match twice.[29] The first one was in the semi-final second leg against the Philippines national football team, where he broke the deadlock and helped secure the first home win in the knockout phase of the AFF Championship for Vietnam.[30] [31] The last one was clinched as he assisted Nguyễn Anh Đức the winning goal in the final against the Malaysia national football team.[32] At the end of the tournament, he was a part of the team of AFF Cup's Best XI, and was chosen as the Most valuable player.[33][34] He was honorably given the 2nd class Labor Order by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.[35] He won the Vietnamese Golden Ball few days later, thanks largely to his performance in the AFF Championship.[36]

Quang Hải gained international reputation in 2019 AFC Asian Cup when he played an instrumental part on Vietnam's amazing run in the tournament, including a stunning free kick goal against Yemen as Vietnam won 2–0, and sneaked into the Knockout rounds. Vietnam would defeat Jordan in the Round of 16, but fell short 1-0 to the eventual runners up of the tournament, Japan in the quarterfinals.[37] Quang Hai was named Man of the Match on both Vietnam's wins in the tournament, and was inducted into the tournament's official all-star squad by the AFC technical committee. [38][39][40]

International goals[edit]


Scores and results list Vietnam's goal tally first.[41]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2017 Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Cambodia 2–1 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 8 November 2018 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane, Laos  Laos 3–0 3–0 2018 AFF Championship
3. 24 November 2018 Hang Day Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam  Cambodia 2–0 3–0 2018 AFF Championship
4. 6 December 2018 Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam  Philippines 1–0 2–1 2018 AFF Championship
5. 16 January 2019 Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  Yemen 1–0 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
6. 10 October 2019 My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam  Malaysia 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification



Sài Gòn FC

1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners : 2015

Hà Nội FC

1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners : 2016, 2018, 2019
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up: 2020
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Third place: 2017
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners : 2018, 2019
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up : 2016
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners : 2019, 2020
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up : 2016


Vietnam U23

Vietnam Olympic




  1. ^ (in Vietnamese) Chiều cao đội tuyển Việt Nam 2019: Nhỏ nhưng có võ
  2. ^ "U19 Vietnam vs U19 North Korea".
  3. ^ "Quang Hải's first U23 call-up".
  4. ^ "U22 Vietnam squad".
  5. ^ "Description of the team's attack trio".
  6. ^ "U23 team's hero".
  7. ^ "Route to the final".
  8. ^ "U23 South Korea vs U23 Vietnam".
  9. ^ "U23 Vietnam vs U23 Australia".
  10. ^ "U23 Iraq vs U23 Vietnam".
  11. ^ "Quang Hải in the semi-final".
  12. ^ "U23 Qatar vs U23 Vietnam".
  13. ^ "A symbolic goal".
  14. ^ "Hai's goal is a symbol for the Vietnamese spirit".
  15. ^ "Teamwork spirit".
  16. ^ "Goal of the tournament".
  17. ^ "team of the tournament".
  18. ^ "AFC stats and facts".
  19. ^ "Criticisms".
  20. ^ "3rd class Labor Order".
  21. ^ "AFC Asian Cup 2019: Throwback to when Quang Hai helped Vietnam defeat Japan at the Asian Games 2018". January 24, 2019.
  22. ^ Quang Hải được trao băng đội trưởng ĐT U22, Nov 21, 2019
  23. ^ "Vietnam vs. Jordan (0:0)".
  24. ^ "Cambodia vs. Vietnam (1:2)".
  25. ^ "Quang Hai should play as an attacker".
  26. ^ "questions on Quang Hải's position".
  27. ^ "Quang Hai shines as an attacker".
  28. ^ "Vietnam vs Cambodia" (PDF).
  29. ^ "Quang Hai as a playmaker".
  30. ^ "Vietnam vs Philippines" (PDF).
  31. ^ "Vietnam's first win".
  32. ^ "Vietnam vs Malaysia" (PDF).
  33. ^ "Best XI". Archived from the original on 2018-12-19.
  34. ^ "Quang Hai as the MVP".
  35. ^ "2nd class Labor Order".
  36. ^ "Golden ball".
  37. ^ "Vietnam 2 Yemen 0: Quang Hai shines to give Golden Dragons hope".
  38. ^ "Vietnam vs Yemen".
  39. ^ "Vietnam vs Jordan".
  40. ^ "AFC Asian Cup 2019 Tecnical Report".
  41. ^ "Nguyễn, Quang Hải". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  42. ^ "AFF AWARDS: Quang Hai, Pitsamai claim top honours". ASEAN Football Federation. 8 November 2019. Archived from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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