Vathanaka in 2013
|Full name||Chan Vathanaka|
|Date of birth||23 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Kampot, Cambodia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2017||→ Fujieda MYFC (loan)||0||(0)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 5 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2018
Chan Vathanaka (Khmer: ចាន់ វឌ្ឍនាកា; born 23 January 1994), simply known as CV11, is a Cambodian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Boeung Ket FC and for the Cambodia national team. He is known for his pace, skills, and ability to score free kick goals.
Vathanaka played for the senior team of Preah Khan Reach F.C. during the 2011–12 season.
Vathanaka signed a contract with Boeung Ket in 2012.
Season 2015 On 1 August 2015 Vathanaka scored all six goals in a 6-0 win over Asia Europe United. Impressively, this was not even his best accomplishment; in a 12-2 over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey on 11 July 2015 Vathanaka scored eight goals, the highest tally for a Cambodian-born player in the league, as well as giving him 16 goals in the first 8 games of the 2015 season.
In the semifinals of the 2015 Mekong Club Championship Vathanaka scored all three goals in a 3-2 win over Becamex Bình Dương, putting Boeung Ket Angkor in the final.Although Boeung Ket Angkor lost in the final to Buriram United, Vathanaka finished the tournament as the highest goalscorer, with five goals, and was also named best player.
Vathanaka finished the 2015 league season with 35 goals, a total of 55 goals in all competitions including national and club, the most of any Southeast Asian player.
In his first start of the 2016 season Vathanaka scored a hat-trick in under five minutes as Boeung Ket Angkor beat CMAC FC 6-0.
In a match against Svay Rieng on 21 May 2016 Vathanaka scored goals in the 85th, 89th, and 90+3rd minute as his team came from behind to win 3-1. The first goal, an audacious left-foot volley from a cross, was touted of one of the goals of the 2016 season.
Vathanaka finished the 2016 Cambodian League as the top scorer for the second consecutive year with 22 goals, as his team Boeung Ket Angkor dramatically won the title on the last match day by a single point.
During the 2016 season, Vathanaka was loaned out to the J3 League team. Donning his iconic number 11 shirt, Vathanaka didn't start a single game during his loan spell there, making only a single last minute substitution.
In December 2017 Vathanaka signed for Pahang FA for the upcoming season after a disappointing spell in Japan.He has since been released from Pahang FA to be replaced by Issey Nakajima in an article by FOX Sports Asia.
After Vathanaka was released from Pahang FA, Vathanaka came back to Cambodia to rejoin his former club Boeung Ket Angkor.
On January 18th 2019, PKNS FC signed Vathanaka on a free contract according to an Article. He was given the number 29 jersey instead of number 11 in which his famous CV11 became CV29. This was by far his most successful season playing oversea where he made over 13 appearances in the Liga Super. He only made 10 appearances at Pahang FA in that same league.
He made his senior international debut on 22 March 2013 in a 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification match against Turkmenistan.
Vathanaka played an important part in Cambodia's campaign in the 2018 World Cup qualification. In the first qualifying game he came off the bench to score two goals, the second a thunderous free-kick, in a 3-0 home win over Macau.On 28 July 2016 Vathanaka scored a goal by his free-kick between the match Cambodia and Singapore in a friendly match. Cambodia won their match with Singapore again after Jakarta Anniversary Tournament in 1972.
He was part of the Cambodian national team for the 2016 AFF Championship. He scored two goals against Malaysia in the group stage.
Updated 4 February 2018.
|2017||Fujieda MYFC||J3 League||0||0||1||0||2||0|
|Chan Vathanaka – goals for Cambodia|
|1.||8 October 2014||Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei||Chinese Taipei||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||12 March 2015||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Macau||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||28 July 2016||Singapore||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|6.||1 September 2016||Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||2–3||2–4|
|7.||21 October 2016||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Timor-Leste||2–0||3–2||2016 AFF Championship qualification|
|9.||20 November 2016||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar||Malaysia||1–0||2–3||2016 AFF Championship|
|11.||22 March 2017||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||India||2–3||2–3||Friendly|
|12.||5 September 2017||Vietnam||1–1||1–2||2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|13.||5 October 2017||Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi, Indonesia||Indonesia||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
|14.||12 October 2018||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Timor-Leste||1–1||2–2|
|15.||12 November 2018||Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay, Myanmar||Myanmar||1–0||1–4||2018 AFF Championship|
|16.||20 November 2018||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Laos||1–0||3–1|
|Chan Vathanaka – goals for Cambodia U23|
|1.||22 March 2015||Jurong West, Singapore||Singapore||1–1||2–2||Friendly|
|3.||31 March 2015||Bangkok, Thailand||Philippines||1–0||3–1||2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification|
|5.||3 June 2015||Kallang, Singapore||Philippines||3–1||3–1||2015 Southeast Asian Games|
|6.||8 June 2015||Kallang, Singapore||Singapore||1–2||3–1|
|7.||10 June 2015||Kallang, Singapore||Myanmar||3–1||3–3|
Since October 2015 Vathanaka has celebrated goals by kissing a tattoo on his right arm. The tattoo is a memorial to his parents and family.Vathanaka also has a passion for karaoke and music; when he was injured in September 2015 he spent seven hours singing and recording songs with Cambodian singer Meas Soksophea.
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