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Enzo Scifo “Little Pele”


Vincenzo Enzo Scifo

Enzo Scifo was born on February 19, 1966 in La Louvière, Belgium. He is considered one of the biggest footballers of Belgium. He played in Attacking midfielder position and played in clubs in Belgium, France and Italy, where several local championships won. At the international level, he is one of the three Belgian players who took part in all four FIFA World Cups. He proved to be very talented when he first started playing football. He scored 432 goals in four seasons in the local team at his birthplace. At the age of 17 in 1982, he was transferred to Anderlecht, Belgium’s most successful club.

17 years Old

 Enzo Scifo won three trophies for four years in Anderlecht, where he joined at the age of 17. He won the Belgian Pro League in 1985, 1986, 1987, 2000. Moreover, he became the UEFA Cup runner-up in the 1983-84 season. Enzo Scifo’s performance in the Champions League was inspiring.  He signed a one-year deal with Inter in 1897 after 119 matches and 32 goals in Anderlecht. He played in Internazionale in 28 games in one season and scored four goals.  Enzo Scifo did not show the desired performance in Serie A. So the journey to France began.

He was transferred to Bordeaux in 1988. This team needed fresh blood. He was unable to adapt to Bordeaux, but still scored 7 goals in 24 games that season.After that, signed a two-year contract with Auxerre in 1989. At Here he was better than his performance in Bordeaux. He scored 25 goals in 67 matches and went to Torino, Italy in 1991. He was the UEFA Cup runner-up in his first season at Torino FC. Moreover, they won the Coppa Italia the next season. Enzo Scifo’s Torino career ended after 62 matches and 16 goals.

He transferred to Monaco in 1993 and started to rise again. During four years, he played 91 matches and scored 20 goals. Together with his team, he became the Ligue 1 champion in the 1996-97 season.

 Enzo  Scifo returned to Anderlecht in 1997 to win his last trophy in his club career. He scored 14 goals in 75 games in Anderlecht. And he won the Belgian Pro League for the fourth time in 2000. After winning this trophy, he left the team and signed only one season contract with Charleroi.

 In Charleroi, he played only 12 games and finished his football career in 2001 after scoring 3 goals.

Belgian Pele

Scifo drew 2-2 against Hungary in his first match with his national team on June 6, 1984. In the opening group match of Belgium’s UEFA Euro 1984 on 13 June, he got a lot of attention as he helped his team win a 2-0 victory against Yugoslavia. At the age of 18 and 115 days old, he was the youngest player to reach the finals at the time. He joined the Belgian squad in the 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups and played a total of sixteen games.

He was one of 14 footballers who had the chance to participate in four world cups. And he was one of the three Belgian football players who participated in the four world cups. At the FIFA World Cup in 1990, Scifo scored a remarkable goal in the first-round victory of Belgium against Uruguay in Verona on 17 June at a long range. Scifo retired from international football after the Belgian national team’s first round qualifying in the 1998 World Cup in France; in total he won eighty-four international borders and scored eighteen goals. He also joined the Euro 1984 with the Enzo Scifo national team.

Individual Achievements;

Belgian Golden Shoe: 1984

FIFA World Cup Best Young Player: 1986

French Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year: 1990

Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year: 1990–91

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