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Full name : Nguyễn Công Phượng 

Date of birth : 21 January 1995 (age 25)

Place of birth : Mỹ Sơn, Đô Lương, Nghệ An, Việt Nam

Height : 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing Position : Attacking Midfielder/Forward

Lauded as the "Vietnamese Messi" by fans and media alike due to his playing style and physique, Công Phượng is still potentially one of the most promising football talents in Vietnam. He is a product of the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) – Arsenal JMG Academy and was promoted to HAGL's first team in 2015.  The same year, Công Phượng was voted Young Player of the Year of 2015.


Công Phượng made his 2015 V.League 1 debut on 4 January 2015 in the opening game of the season against Sanna Khánh Hòa F.C. HAGL winning 4–2 with the young Công Phượng scoring twice. He was to score another brace in Week 8 against Dong Thap FC.  and finished the 2015 season with six goals in twenty five appearances.  With his six goals he became the club's leading goalscorer. On 6 January 2016, Công Phượng won the 2015 Young Player of the year Award, beating his club mate Nguyễn Tuấn Anh (2014 winner) and Đỗ Duy Mạnh of Hà Nội T&T F.C. player.


Mito HollyHock (Japan)


After such an impact on the domestic front, the young Công Phượng was loaned out to Mito HollyHock for $100,000 in the J.League Division 2.  On 7 May 2016 he made his debut, coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute against Giravanz Kitakyushu that ended 1–0.


After one season in Japan Công Phượng returned to Hoàng Hoàng Anh Gia Lai scoring twice.



The 2018 season is one of his best scoring seasons for Hoàng Anh Gia Lai.  Scoring 12 goals in the league and 4 times in the National Cup Competition.


Although his club were to  finish 11th, the young Công Phượng was still included in the V.League Team of the season.


Incheon United (Korea)

On 13 February 2019, he was loaned to K League 1 team Incheon United on a deal until the end of 2019 season.  However, just six months into the loan period, and after making 8 appearances, he was released by Incheon United and returned to HAGL.


Sint-Truidense V.V. (Belgium)

Another loan move followed.  This time to Belgium Club Sint-Truidense V.V.  Although he was to play in the final friendly before the new season, he was to make just the one appearance in the 1st team in the 0-6 defeat to Brugge on 2nd August 2019 coming on as a 70th minute substitute. 


After the unsuccessful time at STVV, the still young Công Phượng returned to Vietnam to play for Ho Chi Minh City F.C

©2018 by Darren Smale