Lê Công Vinh (born 10 December 1985, in Nghệ An, Vietnam) is a retired Vietnamese footballer. He was a part of the Vietnamese national team from 2004 to 2016 as an attacker. He received three Golden Ball Awards (2004, 2006, 2007). Le is considered one of the greatest football players in Vietnam football's history, achieving the highest scores of all time in the Vietnam National Football Team. On December 8, 2016, after losing to Indonesia at the AFF Cup 2016, he officially retired after an 18-year career. He is considered a Vietnamese football legend and famous in southeast Asia.
|Date of birth||10 December 1985|
|Place of birth||Quỳnh Lưu, Nghệ An, Vietnam|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|1998–2004||Sông Lam Nghệ An|
|2004–2008||Sông Lam Nghệ An||61||(49)|
|2009||→ Leixões (loan)||2||(0)|
|2012||Hà Nội 1956||23||(11)|
|2013–2014||Sông Lam Nghệ An||36||(23)|
|2013||→ Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (loan)||9||(2)|
|2015–2016||Becamex Bình Dương||35||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 July 2021
He was born in Quynh Lam, Quynh Luu, Nghe An; he has two older sisters and one younger sister. Due to difficult conditions for the whole family, his father smuggled cocaine; he was later arrested and sentenced to 12 years in jail. However, after only 8 years due to good behavior, he was released before the due date.
Sông Lam Nghệ AnEdit
Born in Nghệ An, Vinh is a well-known Vietnamese footballer. Vinh is widely considered the one of the best strikers that Sông Lam Nghệ An has ever produced, along with Phạm Văn Quyến. He is currently SLNA's all-time top goal scorer.
At the age of 14, he began to train his football skill. After the qualification to junior team of Nghe An, he was classified to be "not so potential", both in skill and mentality.
At the age of 18, he was picked into the main team of Song Lam Nghe An where he started to show his ability at JVC Cup 2003.
Until 2004, he scored his first score at V-League on February 8 against Dong Thap team. Later he received Best New Player of the Year as well as Best Player of the Year Award. Eventually, he received many invitations from other football clubs, even from Japan and Saudi Arabia for the salary up to $10,000/month.
Hà Nội T&TEdit
In 2008, after a well-documented transfer saga, Vinh turned down Thể Công at the last minute to accept a more lucrative offer from Hà Nội T&T; it was the highest transfer fee in Vietnamese football at the time.
At the beginning of August 2009, T&T announced that Vinh would be joining Leixões Sport Club of Portugal in a three-month loan deal, starting 1 September 2009. The deal was facilitated by Henrique Calisto, who was once Leixões' manager.
On 24 August 2009, Vinh officially signed with Leixões and was given the number 29 shirt. Two days later, in a friendly match against Padroense F.C., he scored his first goal for the club, as a substitute, in the 89th minute to secure a 2–0 win. He was included in the 18-man squad for the match against defending champions F.C. Porto on 12 September, but did not make the field in an eventual 1–4 loss. His first-team debut came on 4 October, in a league contest against União de Leiria, making him the first ever Vietnamese footballer to play in a professional European league; he played the entire ninety minutes in an eventual 3–2 home win, despite trailing for most of the game.
Hà Nội FCEdit
Le Cong Vinh made the move from T&T to its city rivals Hà Nội FC in September 2011. Vinh was set to sign a three-year extension with T&T but decided to move to ACB after the controversial 2011 V-League season and the set up at ACB.
Sông Lam Nghệ AnEdit
After Hà Nội FC was dissolved following the 2012 season, Công Vinh began the long process of finding a new club. After turning down trial offers from Sriwijaya of the Indonesia Super League and Consadole Sapporo of the J. League Division 2, he settled with a one-year loan move back to Sông Lam Nghệ An.
After failed negotiations earlier in the 2013 V.League 1 season, Le Cong Vinh announced that he would join J2 League side Consadole Sapporo on loan on 22 July 2013. His time with Consadole is scheduled to last five months from August 2013 through 1 January 2014. However, he decided to return to Vietnam one month earlier than expected because Consadole Sapporo could not advance to the play-off match. During his four months stay in Japan, he managed to score four times in 11 appearances for the club. With 2 of those goals and 9 of those appearances in the J2 League. 
Becamex Bình DươngEdit
In a game against Xi Măng Hải Phòng FC on 27 April 2015, Công Vinh set the record for the fastest goal ever scored in Vietnamese football as he put the ball in the net with barely ten seconds played. Bình Dương kicked off the match with Công Vinh latching on to a quick pass to chip the ball over goalkeeper Nguyễn Thanh Thắng in an eventual 3–1 win.
In the first group match of the 2007 Asian Cup, Vinh scored the second goal for Vietnam to secure a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates. The team eventually reached the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champions Iraq.
After a quiet and much criticised performance in the group stage in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, Vinh came through in the elimination stage. He set up the only goal in a 1–0 upset of defending champions Singapore. In the first leg of the final, Vinh scored the second to give Vietnam a victory against Thailand in Bangkok.
After the 2016 AYA Bank Cup, Vinh announced that he would retire from international football after the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup. If only the Vietnamese national squad able to qualify for the finals in the 2016 edition, Vinh said that he will think twice about his retirement as he received request from international clubs to play in their league for the 2017 edition, but as the deep wounds to his heart was too severe to heal as Vietnam unable to qualify the AFF finals for the third time since the 2008 edition, Vinh decide to officially retire shortly after the end of the match against Indonesia in the 2016 semi-finals.
|1.||7 December 2003||Hanoi, Hàng Đẫy Stadium||Laos||1–0||1-0||2003 Southeast Asian Games|
|2.||28 November 2006||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Al-Rayyan||Bahrain||1–0||1-2||2006 Asian Games|
|3.||5 December 2006||Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha||Bangladesh||4–1||5-1||2006 Asian Games|
|4.||2 December 2005||Bacolod, Panaad Stadium||Malaysia||1–1||2-1||2005 Southeast Asian Games|
|6.||28 February 2007||Thiên Truong Stadium, Nam Định||Lebanon||1–0||2-0||Asian football qualifiers for 2008 Olympics|
|7.||14 March 2007||Mattoangin Stadium, Makassar||Indonesia||1–0||1-0||Asian football qualifiers for 2008 Olympics|
|8.||1 December 2007||Nakhon Ratchasima||Malaysia||1–0||3-1||2007 Southeast Asian Games|
|10.||8 December 2007||Banbueng Municipality Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand||Singapore||2–3||2-3||2007 Southeast Asian Games|
Vinh is widely considered one of the best players in South-East Asia. He is known for his exceptionally quick first step, having played in the traditional forward as well as the second striker role.
Additionally, Vinh has stated that he idolises Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the best wingers in modern football. His favourite approach is to attack the box from both flanks and attempt to strike or create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
In 2009, Vinh ranked number five on Goal.com's Top Ten Most Promising Youngsters in Asian Football. In March 2009, he was given the Vietnamese Bronze Ball 2008, also holding the record for most goals scored in a single season by a Vietnamese player in the V-League for several seasons. By May 2010, he was the top Vietnamese goal-scorer in the league's history, also ranking second in the all-time top scorers table. On 22 March 2014, Vinh became the first player of the Vietnam football league to score 100 goals when Sông Lam Nghệ An F.C. won 3–1 against Hải Phòng F.C..
Rumors surfaced in early 2009 that Vinh had been dating Vietnamese singer Thủy Tiên as they were spotted together on multiple occasions. During an interview before leaving Vietnam to join Leixões, Vinh revealed to the press that he and the singer are in fact a couple. They became engaged two years later. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter in January 2013.
After announced his official retirement from professional football, Lê Công Vinh joined Hồ Chí Minh City, he was appointed as the deputy manager of the club.
- Ho Chi Minh City International Football Cup
- Winners : 2005
- Runners-up : 2004
- Third place : 2006
- Winners : 2008
- Runners-up : 2006
- AYA Bank Cup
- Winners : 2016
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- Lê Công Vinh trên đường chinh phục kỷ lục[permanent dead link]
- All-time top goal scorers of V-League
- Công Vinh phá cột mốc 100 bàn ở V-League
- Công Vinh: "Tôi và Thuy Tien là một cặp!"