Full name: Trần Phi Sơn

Date of birth : 14 March 1992 (age 27)

Place of birth: Hà Tĩnh Province, Vietnam

Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing position: Winger

 

Trần Phi Sơn is part of a small breed of Vietnamese footballers who have not become journey men during their career.  Indeed, the enigmatic midfielder has only appeared for two clubs in a career that stretches back to 2013 and includes over 140 games for club(s) and country.

 

Born on 14th March 1992 in Hương Sơn, Hà Tĩnh, the young Phi Sơn was to join his local side Sông Lam Nghệ An where he was to be promoted to the first team squad for the beginning of the 2011 Season spending much of the season as an unused substitute. Phi Sơn’s chance to shine came in 2012 and the National U21 Tournament helping Sông Lam Nghệ An to glory.

 

Following his performances at the U21 Tournament, the young Phi Sơn was summoned by the National Team to the U21 International Championship Youth Cup in Gia Lai.  Although not victorious, Phi Sơn was named Player of the Tournament and instantly drew the attention of other clubs, including Sydney FC in Australia.

 

Although making one appearance during 2012 in the 3-0 home victory over Tampines Rovers in the AFC Cup.  The player’s domestic big break came during the 2013 season.  With the departure of Lê Công Vinh to Consadole Sapporo Club, Coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng called upon the young Phi Sơn, making his V-League debut on 9th March 2013 in the 4-1 away victory over Kiên Giang. 

 

Phi Sơn quickly established himself as a fan’s favourite, becoming known for his speed, technique, and his dribbling skills.  During his time at Nghệ An, Phi Sơn was to make 108 appearance scoring 25 goals in the process.

 

In 2018, an established Phi Sơn was to leave his home team to join City where he was reunited with Lê Công Vinh who had become Vice Chairman of the club.

 

Making his City debut on 18th March 2018 in the 0-1 defeat away to Thanh Hóa, Phi Sơn quickly won the hearts of the City faithful by scoring his first goal for the club in the 2-1 away victory over City rivals Sài Gòn FC at the SVĐ Thong Nhat on 22nd March 2018.

 

Injury was to plague the player during the 2019 season robbing both City fans and Vietnamese footballing fans of a player with undisputed talent.  Whilst making only four appearances all season (the last four), Phi Sơn was still able to help City destroy rivals Sài Gòn FC 4-1 and score in the 1-2 home defeat against Hoàng Anh Gia Lai.

©2018 by Darren Smale