Phnom Penh Crown FC

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Phnom Penh Crown FC
Full namePhnom Penh Crown Football Club

Lion Of The Capital,

The Red Singhas
GroundRSN Stadium
CoachBrazil Leonardo Vitorino
LeagueCambodian League
WebsiteClub website

Phnom Penh Crown Football Club is a football club from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Formerly the team were called Samart United, Hello United, Phnom Penh United and Phnom Penh Empire before establishing their current name, Phnom Penh Crown FC in 2009. The club has won 6 Cambodian League titles.


In 2000 Samart United were founded, with sponsorship from Samart Communications. After undergoing a number of name changes over the past decade, this was the forerunner of the Phnom Penh Crown team that exists today.[citation needed]

Joining forces with the Khmer Empire team, another new moniker was adopted, Phnom Penh Empire, for the 2007 season, in which the team finished in third place behind the league champions Nagacorp.[citation needed]

A disappointing showing in the 2009 end of season play-offs saw the club, now called Phnom Penh Crown after their latest sponsors Crown Casino, finish in fourth spot, despite ending the regular season in top spot.[citation needed]

In 2010, Crown captured the Metfone Cambodia League Premier title for the third time, beating Preah Khan Reach 4–3 in the play-off final.[citation needed]

In 2014 Crown clinched their 5th Championship with a 1–0 win over NagaCorp, losing just two matches in their league campaign.[citation needed]

They retained their league title in 2015, defeating Nagaworld in the final on penalties.[1]


Crown's biggest rival in domestic competition has long been Nagaworld FC. Matches between the two teams was dubbed by fans the "Cambodian El Classico", and for good reasons. It is one of Cambodian football's longest standing feud, between two of the country's undisputed titans. The competition between the teams was once considered the biggest football rivalry in Cambodia, but after Naga's long drought of domestic success and the drastic rise of Boeung Ket FC, Cambodian football found a new rivalry. Even though PPC Vs Naga is still a special match for Crown supporters, PPC Vs Beoungket has become the new staple among Cambodian football rivalries. The match dubbed "Cambodian Classic" often produces intense football and even more intense dramas fueled by emotions and desires to win. It is almost always the most anticipated match of the year (even among neutral fans).


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Cambodia GK Kung Chanvuthy
5 Cambodia DF Chea Chandara
6 Cambodia DF Sraing Titcchy
7 Cambodia MF Suon Noeut
8 Cambodia MF Orn Chanpolin
9 Cambodia FW Pov Ponvuthy
10 Cambodia FW Yeu Muslim
11 Cambodia FW Mao Piseth
12 Cambodia MF Sath Rozak
13 Cambodia GK Svang Samnang
15 Cambodia DF Yue Safy
No. Position Player
18 Cambodia DF Seut Baraing
19 Cambodia MF Brak Thiva
26 Cambodia DF Sok Panha
43 Cambodia GK Chhin Chhainuth
73 Cambodia MF Choun Chanchav
87 Cambodia MF Ouk Sothy (Captain)
Cambodia MF Sean Pissa
Cambodia DF Pom Tola
Brazil GK Leonardo Oliveira
Brazil FW Paulo Victor

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]


[citation needed]

Old club logo prior to renaming
2002 (as Samart United), 2008 (as Phnom Penh Empire), 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015.
2008 (as Phnom Penh Empire), 2009.

Head Coaches[edit]

Coaches by Years (2011–present)

Name Nat Period Honours
Apihist Im Amphai Thailand ?–2011 Cambodian League Winner 2010
Bojan Hodak Croatia 2011 2011 AFC President's Cup Advanced to final round
Dave Booth England 2011-2012 2011 AFC President's Cup Runner up, 2011 Cambodian League Winner, 2012 AFC President's Cup final round
Sam Schweingruber SwitzerlandCambodia 2012-2016 2014 Cambodian League Winner, 2015 Cambodian League Winner
Oriol Mahedano Spain 2016
Sam Schweingruber (Interim) SwitzerlandCambodia 2016 2016 Hun Sen Cup 3rd place
Oleg Starynskyi Ukraine 2016-2017 2017 AFC Cup Play-off round
Sean Sainsbury England 2017–2018
Leonardo Vitorino Brazil 2018-

Captain history[edit]

Captain by Years (2011–present)

Years Captain Nationality Vice-Captain Nationality
2011 Thul Sothearith Cambodia Cambodia Kouch Sokumpheak Cambodia Cambodia
2012 Kouch Sokumpheak Cambodia Cambodia Khim Borey Cambodia Cambodia
2013 Kouch Sokumpheak Cambodia Cambodia Khim Borey Cambodia Cambodia
2014 Kouch Sokumpheak Cambodia Cambodia Khim Borey Cambodia Cambodia
2015 Boris Kok Cambodia Cambodia Odion Obadin Nigeria Nigeria
2016 Boris Kok Cambodia Cambodia Keo Sokngon Cambodia Cambodia
2017 Shane Booysen South Africa South Africa Boris Kok Cambodia Cambodia
2018 Ouk Sothy Cambodia Cambodia Orn Chanpolin Cambodia Cambodia


  1. ^ Radek Jelinek (2 March 2017). "Cambodia - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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