HCM City FC's captain eyeing recall to national team

Having started the 2020 season in blistering form, HCM City FC midfielder and captain Tran Phi Son is targeting a return to the Vietnam national team.

HCM City FC's captain eyeing recall to national team
Midfielder and captain Tran Phi Son of HCM City hopes to return to the national team this year. — Photo foxsports.com.vn

“All footballers want to wear the jersey of their national team. So do I. However, I have to try more to get opportunities with the hope of being called up to the national team again,” said Son.

Although the 27-year-old is dealing with an ankle injury, Son has starred for his club side in the AFC Cup, contributing a lot to their unbeaten start through two matches.

After playing a part in his team's first-ever AFC Cup goal in the 2-2 draw against Yangon United of Myanmar, Son assisted all three goals in City's 3-2 win over Hougang United FC of Singapore.

The Asian Football Confederation selected him as one of the top five players of the first two rounds of fixtures in the 2020 AFC Cup’s ASEAN and West Zones.

Son has more assists than any other player after two games and is also second in chances created with 10.

“This year, I feel that I am in the best shape. So I will make every effort to bring success for my club and complete my dream of returning to the national team. Now I am trying to train hard. Since I left Song Lam Nghe An, I have changed my way of playing to make progress,” said Son.

The midfielder played for his country three times in 2015-16 and scored one goal. He won the country’s best young player award and the best player award of the Thanh Niên Newspaper International U21 Football Tournament in 2012.

Perhaps the best omen for Son's potential recall to coach Park Hang-seo's squad is his burgeoning partnership with forward Nguyen Cong Phuong, who is a key part of the national team.

Phuong and Son have formed a solid partnership at club level so far, one coach Park may be keen to recreate on the international stage.

“Phuong and I have tried to talk with each other a lot. We also have exchanged actively in training as well as talk with our coach Chung Hae-seong. Besides, we have co-ordinated with the whole team very cleverly,” Son explained.

HCM City FC's captain eyeing recall to national team
HCM City’s midfielder and captain Tran Phi Son celebrates with striker Nguyen Cong Phuong in the AFC Cup 2020. — Photo baonghean.vn
 


According to former coach and football expert Doan Minh Xuong, Son is the type of footballer the national side need.

“Son is a rare footballer of Vietnamese football because of his creative and intelligent way of playing. He is a type of footballer who is necessary for Vietnam as his creativity can surprise rivals. However, for coach Park to select him, he needs to handle situations more decisively to suit the way of playing which Park is building for his Vietnam team,” Xuong told thanhnien.vn.

Coming back

While Sơn is a star for HCM City FC now, it wasn't always so.

After playing for Song Lam Nghe An for 10 years, Son moved to HCM City in 2018 for a salary of VND70 million per month and he reportedly cost a sizable big transfer fee. However, under the guidance of coach Toshiya Miura, Son struggled to live up to his price tag in 2018.

Worse was to come as the central province of Ha Tinh-born player suffered an ankle injury at the beginning of the 2019 season, costing him the entire campaign.

“Injury really becomes an obsession for any player. 2019 was so unlucky for me. There were at least three times I got injured. The pressure from the fans was probably not equal to the pressure sitting on the bench watching my teammates play,” Son said.

Flights between HCM City City and Singapore to check and treat injuries became common for Son, before he had to go to South Korea for an operation.

When Son was rehabbing, HCM City made waves in the transfer market, with many players leaving and stars like goalie Bui Tien Dung and forward Phuong coming in to try and take the V.League title after a second-place finish in 2019.

Despite all the changes, Son grew in stature among his teammates and was entrusted with the captain's armband ahead of this season. — VNS

HCM City FC's player voted one of top players of AFC Cup’s first two matches

HCM City FC's player voted one of top players of AFC Cup’s first two matches

Midfielder and captain Tran Phi Son of HCM City has been voted one of the top five players of the first two rounds of fixtures in the 2020 AFC Cup’s ASEAN and West Zones by the the-afc.com.

 
 

Other News

.
Private theatre owners go bankrupt due to COVID-19 outbreak
Private theatre owners go bankrupt due to COVID-19 outbreak
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

Cho Lon (Big Market) Drama Stage, a newly-opened private theatre in HCM City, has closed as its investors are going to bankrupt due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vietnamese rock band releases new music video celebrating anniversary
Vietnamese rock band releases new music video celebrating anniversary
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

Vietnamese hit-making rock band, Bức Tường (The Wall), released a new music video entitled XXV to celebrate their 25th anniversary on March 26.

Fighting against virus with traditional music
Fighting against virus with traditional music
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

After many modern tunes have encouraged citizens to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic, now it is the turn of traditional Vietnamese music. 

Film project on Vu Trong Phụng’s famous novel begins
Film project on Vu Trong Phụng’s famous novel begins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

Blockbuster director Phan Gia Nhat Linh has launched his new project on a famous novel by late talented author Vu Trong Phung, one of the country’s greatest 20th century writers.  

Young composer’s project on facets of love
Young composer’s project on facets of love
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

Young composer and music producer Hua Kim Tuyen is working on a music project called Seven Colours of Rainbow that reflects different facets of life and love.

Father of most popular children's songs passes away
Father of most popular children's songs passes away
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

Composer Phong Nha, whose children's songs were popular among many generations of Vietnamese children, died this morning (March 30) due to old age. He was 96.

Veteran translator releases English version of Kiều
Veteran translator releases English version of Kiều
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

At the age of 88, translator Duong Tuong has introduced his first book in English - a Vietnamese literature work entitled Kieu. 

HTV Cycling Tournament delayed due to COVID-19
HTV Cycling Tournament delayed due to COVID-19
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

The annual Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) Cycling Tournament will be delayed this year due to the coronavirus, organisers have announced.

Dong Ho villagers strive to revive traditional craft
Dong Ho villagers strive to revive traditional craft
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/03/2020 

Bac Ninh province has completed a dossier seeking UNESCO’s inclusion of the making of Dong Ho folk paintings on the list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent protection.

Women’s national football team maintain top position in Southeast Asia
Women’s national football team maintain top position in Southeast Asia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/03/2020 

The women’s national football team of Vietnam still top Southeast Asia although they have dropped three places on the FIFA Women’s World Rankings for March, the Vietnam Football Federation said on March 28.

Unique Hanoi through COVID-19 sketch paintings
Unique Hanoi through COVID-19 sketch paintings
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/03/2020 

Depicting Hanoi in the midst of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is the theme of a drawing contest initiated by Hanoi Sketching Group.

“Ghen Co Vy” hit wows world with array of international covers
“Ghen Co Vy” hit wows world with array of international covers
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/03/2020 

Following the international success of the song "Ghen Co Vy", known as “Jealous Coronavirus” in English, large numbers of foreign singers and bands globally have gone on to

Vietnamese wonderkid gains plaudits from foreign sports website
Vietnamese wonderkid gains plaudits from foreign sports website
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/03/2020 

Renowned sports website Sports442 has heaped praise on Le Thai Vu, an 11-year-old footballer who plays for HAGL JMG, following a string of phenomenal performances at youth level.

Vietnamese sides impacted by ASEAN Club Champs delay
Vietnamese sides impacted by ASEAN Club Champs delay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/03/2020 

A recent decision by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) to delay this year’s ASEAN Club Championships to next year is set to greatly influence the schedule of Hanoi FC and HCM City FC - the two teams that represent Vietnam in the competition.

Book on Central Highlands culture published
Book on Central Highlands culture published
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/03/2020 

Photographer Tran Phong has released a new book entitled Tuong Go Tay Nguyen (Wooden Statues in The Central Highlands of Vietnam).

Art works put up for auction to support pandemic fight
Art works put up for auction to support pandemic fight
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/03/2020 

A total of 60 art works will be put up for auction by An Ninh Thu Do (Capital Security) newspaper and Indochine Art JSC in support of the COVID-19 fight.

Traditional instrument solo, ochestra contest slated for September
Traditional instrument solo, ochestra contest slated for September
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/03/2020 

The National Traditional Musical Instrument Solo and Ochestra Competition 2020 is scheduled to take place in September in Buon Ma Thuot city, the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

National contest to be launched in search of talented dancers
National contest to be launched in search of talented dancers
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/03/2020 

A national contest seeking talented dancers is scheduled to be held this October in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by the Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Hanoi aims to become literary hub by 2030
Hanoi aims to become literary hub by 2030
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/03/2020 

Hanoi People's Committee has issued the plan for the literary development in the city to 2025 with a view to 2030.

AFF reschedules regional football tournaments
AFF reschedules regional football tournaments
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/03/2020 

Vietnam are likely to defend the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup later this year after the regional football governing body has announced the tournament will go ahead.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN