Philippe Vorbe

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Philippe Vorbe
Personal information
Full name Philippe Vorbe
Date of birth (1947-09-14) September 14, 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1969 New York Generals 14 (1)
1973–1975 Violette AC
National team
1968–1976 Haiti 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Philippe Vorbe (born September 14, 1947) 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.[2] Vorbe played for the New York Generals and Violette Athletic Club. He ascended from player to leader and is now the coach of Violette.

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.

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 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.


  1. ^ Philippe VorbeFIFA competition record
  2. ^ Hall, Michael R. Historical Dictionary of Haiti. Retrieved 10 September 2014.