Nguyen Cong Phuong will be the first Vietnamese player to play in J1 League

Nguyen Cong Phuong will be the first Vietnamese player to play in J1 League

Nguyen Cong Phuong has starred for Vietnam and now he's in line to become the first-ever Vietnamese player to play in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League.

Cong Phuong already played in Japan, suiting up for Mito Hollyhock in J2 when he was 21. He then moved on, playing for Incheon United in South Korea and Sint-Truiden in Belgium on loan, in addition to a stint back in the V.League.

Now, with all the experience he picked up across the board, Cong Phuong has come back to the J.League, signing with newly promoted Yokohama FC.

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That sets up Vietnam's number 10 to become the first player from the country to play in Japan's top flight.

Cong Phuong would be building upon the foundation laid by Le Cong Vinh 10 years ago, when he scored for Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in the second division.

Now, with just a few more nights until his 28th birthday, Cong Phuong can take Vietnamese football in Japan further than ever - to the top flight. And in the process, keep building upon for the next generation of Vietnamese players who want to star across the Asian continent.

Yokohama FC kick off their season against Nagoya Grampus so make sure you tune in to see a match that could be a milestone for Vietnamese football in the J.League's 30th anniversary celebration.

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