Enzo Scifo

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Enzo Scifo
Personal information
Full name Vincenzo Daniele Scifo
Date of birth (1966-02-19) 19 February 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Haine-Saint-Paul, Belgium
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Anderlecht 119 (32)
1987–1988 Internazionale 28 (4)
1988–1989 Bordeaux 24 (7)
1989–1991 Auxerre 67 (25)
1991–1993 Torino 62 (16)
1993–1997 AS Monaco 91 (20)
1997–2000 Anderlecht 75 (14)
2000–2001 Charleroi 12 (3)
Total 478 (121)
National team
1984–1998 Belgium 84 (18)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Charleroi
2004–2006 Tubize
2007–2009 Mouscron
2012–2013 Mons
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vincenzo "Enzo" Daniele Scifo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛntso ˈʃʃiːfo]; born 19 February 1966 in Haine-Saint-Paul)[1] is a retired Belgian football midfielder. He was a member of the Belgian national team, for which he appeared in four FIFA World Cups, being one of three Belgian players ever to do so.

Early life[edit]

Scifo was born in La Louvière, Wallonia to Italian parents.[2] He proved himself a highly promising talent in youth football and was nicknamed "Little Pelé" at his local team. Scifo joined his local club R.A.A. Louviéroise as a seven-year-old in 1973.[2] He transferred to Belgium's most successful club, R.S.C. Anderlecht, in 1982,[2] making his first team debut in 1983.

Club career[edit]

After winning three Belgian First Division championships with Anderlecht, Scifo moved to Italian Serie A club Internazionale in 1987. After an unsuccessful spell in Milan, he moved to French club Bordeaux in 1988 where he again disappointed.[3] His career was revived by a successful move to Auxerre in 1989, which led to a return to Italy with Torino in 1991.[4] Scifo then moved to AS Monaco, where he won the French championship in 1997. He returned to Anderlecht later that year and won his fourth Belgian league title in the 1999–2000 season.[5] He joined Charleroi in 2000, but retired later in the same year after being diagnosed with chronic arthritis.[6]

Honours[edit]

With RSC Anderlecht

Belgian League: 1985, 1986, 1987, 2000

With AS Monaco

Ligue 1: 1997

With Torino

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1983-84 Anderlecht Belgian League 25 5
1984-85 30 14
1985-86 31 5
1986-87 33 8
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1987-88 Internazionale Milano[7] Serie A 28 4 10 0 - - 6 1 44 5
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1988-89 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 24 7
1989-90 Auxerre Division 1 33 11
1990-91 34 14
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1991-92 Torino[8] Serie A 30 9 5 0 - - 11 2 46 11
1992-93 32 7 6 2 - - 4 0 42 9
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1993-94 AS Monaco Division 1 31 6
1994-95 11 2
1995-96 34 7
1996-97 15 5
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997-98 Anderlecht Belgian League 30 4
1998-99 27 8
1999-00 17 2
2000-01 Charleroi Belgian League 12 3
Total Belgium 205 49
Italy 90 20
France 182 52
Total 477 121
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
1984 8 1
1985 3 1
1986 12 3
1987 4 0
1988 4 0
1989 5 0
1990 9 2
1991 6 3
1992 6 1
1993 5 4
1994 6 0
1995 3 2
1996 4 0
1997 4 0
1998 5 1
Total 84 18

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 October 1984 Heysel Stadium, Brussels  Albania 2–1 3–1 1986 World Cup qualifier
2. 27 March 1985 Heysel Stadium, Brussels  Greece 2–0 2–0 1986 World Cup qualifier
3. 8 June 1986 Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca  Iraq 1–0 2–1 1986 World Cup
4. 15 June 1986 Estadio Nou Camp, León  Soviet Union 1–1 4–3 1986 World Cup
5. 10 September 1986 Heysel Stadium, Brussels  Republic of Ireland 2–1 2–2 Euro 1988 qualifier
6. 26 May 1990 Heysel Stadium, Brussels  Romania 1–0 2–2 Friendly
7. 17 June 1990 Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona  Uruguay 2–0 3–1 1990 World Cup
8. 27 February 1991 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Luxembourg 3–0 3–0 Euro 1992 qualifier
9. 11 September 1991 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–0 2–0 Euro 1992 qualifier
10. 9 October 1991 Sóstói Stadion, Székesfehérvár  Hungary 2–0 2–0 Friendly
11. 25 March 1992 Parc des Princes, Paris  France 2–1 3–3 Friendly
12. 13 February 1993 Makario Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 1–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
13. 2–0
14. 22 May 1993 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Faroe Islands 2–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
15. 13 October 1993 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest  Romania 1–2 1–2 1994 World Cup qualifier
16. 7 June 1995 Philip II Arena, Skopje  Macedonia 2–0 5–0 Euro 1996 qualifier
17. 5–0
18. 6 June 1998 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Paraguay 1–0 1–0 Friendly

National team[edit]

Scifo debuted internationally for Belgium in June 1984 against Yugoslavia.[9]

He appeared for Belgium in the World Cups of 1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998, playing sixteen games.[10] In total he gained eighty-four international caps and scored eighteen goals.[11]

After retirement[edit]

Scifo tried his hand at coaching with R. Charleroi S.C., joining them for the 2000-01 season. Indifferent results led to his resignation in June 2002. He last trained R.E. Mouscron, a Belgian League team. On 6 June 2009 Scifo quit Mouscron due to the club's difficult financial situation.[12]

In May 2006, he was part of the historic first European Selection, led by former England manager Terry Venables and Josep Mª Fusté which had its début in Eindhoven in the first EFPA Match.

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