Philippe Vorbe

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Philippe Vorbe
Personal information
Full name Philippe Vorbe
Date of birth (1947-09-14)September 14, 1947
Place of birth Haiti Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Philippe Vorbe (born September 14, 1947 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) is a former Haitian football player who was considered as the country's ultimate midfielder who played for the Haiti national football team in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[1] He is the one who assisted Emmanuel Sanon with the pass that resulted in the famous goal that put an end to Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff's save streak. Vorbe played for the New York Generals and Violette Athletic Club. He ascended from player to leader and is now the coach of Violette AC.

1974 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Having qualified by first knocking out Puerto Rico in a play-off, then topping the final group in the capital Port-au-Prince, Haïti was drawn into a very difficult group featuring two-time champions Italy, future champions Argentina, and Poland, who managed third place in the tournament.

The most famous goal of Haiti's World Cup run occurred against Italy. The Azzurri had not let in a goal in 19 games prior to the World Cup, thanks to goalkeeper Dino Zoff (who, incidentally, stayed along to guide Italy to the their 1982 world championship).

However, in the opening of the second half, Emmanuel Sanon shocked the Italians with the opening goal, thanks to a spot-on pass from teammate Philippe Vorbe. However this lead didn't hold and Italy went on to win 3-1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philippe VorbeFIFA competition record