Enzo Francescoli

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Enzo Francescoli
Enzo Francescoli 2011.jpg
Francescoli in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Enzo Francescoli Uriarte
Date of birth (1961-11-12) 12 November 1961 (age 52)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 5 ft 11 14 in (1.81 m)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Number 10, 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Wanderers 74 (20)
1983–1986 River Plate 113 (68)
1986–1989 RC Paris 89 (32)
1989–1990 Olympique Marseille 28 (11)
1990–1993 Cagliari 98 (17)
1993–1994 Torino 24 (3)
1994–1997 River Plate 84 (47)
Total 510 (198)
National team
1982–1997 Uruguay 73 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Enzo Francescoli Uriarte (locally: [ˈenso fɾanseˈskoli]; Italian: [ˈɛntso frantʃeˈskɔli]; born 12 November 1961 in Montevideo) is a former Uruguayan football player of Italian origin. Francescoli was nicknamed El Príncipe ("The Prince" in Spanish) or Le Prince (in French). He played 73 times for the Uruguay national team between 1982 and his retirement in 1997, making him the most capped outfield player in Uruguayan international football at the time.[1]

Club career[edit]

His official debut was with the Uruguayan team Montevideo Wanderers. He played several years for River Plate of Argentina where he won five league titles and the Copa Libertadores in 1996 in his two spells with the club.

He also played for the French RC Paris (Matra Racing Paris at then time), Olympique de Marseille, and the Italian teams Cagliari and Torino.

International career[edit]

Francescoli played 73 times for the Uruguay national team scoring 17 goals, between 1982 and 1997. He made appearances at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups. He won the Copa América three times with Uruguay in 1983, 1987 and 1995, he also played in the 1989 and 1993 editions of the tournament.

Legacy[edit]

Francescoli's identity card at Montevideo Wanderers

He was noted for his grace and fluid abilities on the ball. These qualities would later influence the style of French midfielder Zinedine Zidane, who has stated that Francescoli was his favorite player as a young boy and even named one of his sons Enzo as a homage to him. Furthermore, Diego Alberto Milito, has also been given the nickname "Il Principe" by Inter fans, due to his physical resemblance with him.

He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

In 2012 in Ariel Ortega's Testimonial Enzo scored 4 goals at the remarkable age of 50 and one of which was an agile bicycle kick in the penalty area.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Uruguay League Cup League Cup South America Total
1980 Montevideo Wanderers Primera División 26 3 26 3
1981 22 7 22 7
1982 26 10 26 10
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1983 River Plate Primera División 27 11 27 11
1984 49 29 49 29
1985 5 3 5 3
1985–86 32 25 0 0 32 25
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1986–87 RC Paris Division 1 35 14 1 0 36 14
1987–88 28 8 1 0 29 8
1988–89 26 10 2 0 28 10
1989–90 Olympique Marseille Division 1 28 11 4 0 8 0 40 11
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1990–91 Cagliari Serie A 33 4 33 4
1991–92 33 6 1 0 34 6
1992–93 32 7 32 7
1993–94 Torino Serie A 24 3 6 2 3 0 33 5
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1994–95 River Plate Primera División 27 17 11 6 38 23
1995–96 20 10 19 13 39 23
1996–97 31 19 2 1 33 20
1997–98 6 1 4 0 10 1
Total Uruguay 74 20 74 20
Argentina 197 115 36 20 233 135
France 117 43 8 0 8 0 133 43
Italy 122 20 7 2 3 0 132 22
Career total 510 198 15 2 47 20 572 220

International statistics[edit]

[1]

Uruguay national team
Year Apps Goals
1982 4 0
1983 4 1
1984 1 0
1985 11 5
1986 6 1
1987 4 0
1988 1 2
1989 9 3
1990 6 0
1991 - -
1992 - -
1993 9 2
1994 - -
1995 9 3
1996 3 0
1997 6 0
Total 73 17

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

River Plate
Olympique Marseille

National team[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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