Emmanuel Sanon

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Manno Sanon
Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Sanon
Date of birth (1951-06-25)June 25, 1951
Place of birth Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Date of death February 21, 2008(2008-02-21) (aged 56)
Place of death Orlando, Florida, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 Don Bosco FC
1974–1980 Beerschot 142 (43)
1980 Miami Americans
1980–1983 San Diego Sockers 31 (16)
1981–1982 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 16 (8)
National team
1970–1981 Haiti 100 (47)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Haiti
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Emmanuel "Manno" Sanon (June 25, 1951 – February 21, 2008) was a Haitian footballer who played as a striker. He starred in the Haiti national football team winning the 1973 CONCACAF Championship and scored the team's only two goals in its history during the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany, where he became notorious for snapping Italy's Dino Zoff's no-goal 1,142-minute streak from a lead pass from Philippe Vorbe.

Sanon won his home national championship in 1971 with top-level Don Bosco. He then won the Belgian Cup in the Belgian Pro League in 1979 with the K. Beerschot V.A.C..

Sanon is among the "Les 100 Héros de la Coupe du Monde" (100 Heroes of the World Cup), which included the top 100 World Cup Players from 1930 to 1990, a list drawn up in 1994 by the France Football magazine based exclusively on their performances at World Cup level.


Sanon attended the Lycée de Pétion-Ville Secondary School.

Club career[edit]

Sanon spent four season with his home club Don Bosco, where he won the national championship in 1971. He then spent six seasons for the K. Beerschot V.A.C., where he won the Belgian Cup in 1979 with a decisive assist to Johan Coninx for the only goal scored.[1] He would finish his tenure in the Belgian Pro League, with 142 matches and 43 goals.[1][2]

In 1980, Sanon signed with the Miami Americans of the second division American Soccer League.[3] When head coach Ron Newman left the team on June 20, 1980 to become the head coach of the San Diego Sockers of the first division North American Soccer League, he induced Sanon to also move to the Sockers.[4] Sanon spent three seasons with the Sockers until he suffered a career ending knee injury.

International career[edit]

Sanon has 100 caps and 47 goals for the Haiti national football team.[5][6]

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, Haiti was drawn into a very difficult group featuring two-time champions Italy, future champions Argentina, and Poland, who managed third place in the tournament. While they predictably finished last in the group with three losses and a -12 goal difference, Emmanuel Sanon scored both goals for the country in the tournament. He scored against Argentina in the last game of the group, but by far the most famous goal occurred against Italy. The Azzurri had not let in a goal in 19 games prior to the World Cup, thanks to goalkeeper Dino Zoff. In the opening of the second half, Sanon shocked the Italians with the opening goal. However this lead did not hold and Italy went on to win 3-1. By the time Haiti was tossed from the tournament after losing 0-7 to Poland and 1-4 to Argentina, Sanon had cemented his place in history.

Coaching career[edit]

He coached the Haiti national team for a year from 1999–2000, which he led his team to the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[2][7]



Don Bosco[8]
San Diego Sockers


Haiti national team[8]




On February 21, 2008, Emmanuel Sanon died of pancreatic cancer, aged 56. The Haitian Legislature voted to award a perpetual exempted pension to his family posthumously as an honorific gesture for scoring the goals in Haiti's 1974 FIFA World Cup participation.


  1. ^ a b Bordes, Gérald, ed. (29 March 2016). "Quatre Haïtiens en Belgique pour un stage". Le National. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Jourdan, Jean-François, ed. (3 March 2008). "La perle haïtienne du Kiel n'est plus". La Libre. Retrieved 11 April 2016.  (in French)
  3. ^ Miami Archives
  4. ^ Scheiber, Dave, ed. (1 September 1980). "Go West Young Men! Rowdies tackle San Diego". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Press, ed. (25 February 2008). "A la mémoire de Manno". FIFA. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  6. ^ North American Soccer League Players - "Manu" Sanon stats
  7. ^ Notables 6400.- Haiti and Personalities: Emmanuel Sanon
  8. ^ a b c Néré, Enock, ed. (21 February 2008). "Un grand s'en est allé". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 11 April 2016.  (in French)
  9. ^ France Football's World Cup Top-100 1930–1990 Retrieved on 27 January 2016
  10. ^ Witzig, Richard, ed. (2006). "The Global Art of Soccer". p. vii. ISBN 0977668800. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Néré, Enock, ed. (5 March 2008). "Pour dire adieu à Emmanuel Sanon". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 

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