Enzo Scifo

Vincenzo Daniele " Enzo " Scifo ( born February 19, 1966 in La Louviere ) is a retired Belgian footballer.

The midfielder is one of the best footballers of Belgium at all. With his home country, he participated in four World Cup tournaments. At club level Scifo played for RSC Anderlecht and various clubs in Italy and France.

Most recently, he worked as a football coach at the Belgian first division side RAEC Mons.


Vincenzo Scifo was the son of Italian immigrants from Sicily in the Belgian La Louviere (district Haine- Saint -Paul ) born. The football games he learned on the streets of his small hometown. At seven, he joined the local football club RAA La Louviere at where the technically gifted young players soon (432 goals in four seasons) and strokes of genius drew attention to himself with numerous gates. The scouts of the showpiece club RSC Anderlecht were quickly on the "small Pelé " attentive and committed Scifo at the age of 14 years.

The next three years he received his football education in the youth department of the RSC.

Club career

Quick Scifo was a candidate for the senior squad and debuted with only 17 years in Belgium 's first division for the " Violet. " He showed no adjustment difficulties, was soon achievers and playmaker in midfield. At the end of the season 1984 he stood with Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup, where to Tottenham Hotspur was defeated in penalty shoot- finals. In his first season Scifo was named " Player of the Year." Even as a young player he knew as " classical tens" to convince and bribed by technology, game overview, passing and eye for goal. With Anderlecht he won from 1985 to 1987 three times in a row the championship. The young star has been observed by many top European clubs. Scifo wanted in the land of his parents and moved in the summer of 1987 to Inter Milan in Italy.

In Serie A, he could not prevail against the other stars in the squad of the Nerazzurri. Although he came up with 28 missions, but could never establish definitively. After just one season he returned again to Italy back and signed with Bordeaux in France. After a strong start, he gradually sank once more into anonymity, due to injuries thrown back, as well as by conflicts with the established leadership players. Although towards the end of the season, his compatriot Raymond Goethals took over as coach, Scifo was not crowded last goodbye due to its high content.

Scifo 1989 moved within the Ligue 1 for AJ Auxerre, where legendary coach Guy Roux it was able to evoke the capabilities of the Belgian again. He confided to him the playmaker role and although Scifo AJA " a big club among the mediocrities " designated as he flourished again. As to the offensive point of a three-headed center field, he found its former strength. After two outstanding years in the Bourgogne Scifo had prevented if abstempelte him as " eternal talent ". He felt strong enough to try a new approach in Italy.

Scifo was sold to Torino and played two years for the Reds, which he failed to Ajax Amsterdam in 1992 in the UEFA Cup final. Again Scifo had lost a final. In 1993 he won with the Turin Cup ( Coppa Italia ).

He then moved again to France and joined the AS Monaco. Here he led for four years as a mature playmaker in midfield Director. The AS was a top team and staffed with players like Fabien Barthez, Emmanuel Petit, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Victor Ikpeba. The highlight of his time in the Principality was like the French championship took to the Côte d' Azur in 1997.

After this success, and ten years in Italy and France, the 31 -year-old decided to end his career where it had begun, and returned to Anderlecht. The veteran knew through his routine and experience to strengthen the team and was again champion in 2000 before permanent injury put an end to his career. After a serious collarbone injury he tried the small provincial club Charleroi SC a fresh start, but a knee injury made ​​the continuation of the career impossible. After 18 years of professional football Scifo ended his career in 2001. " A doctor once wondered how I ever endured it with a hip in this state as long as a football player ," Enzo later revealed.

Career in the national team

In the summer of 1984 Belgium Player of the year took part in the Belgian citizenship in order to participate in the European Championship in France can. His first international match played before the tournament against Hungary.

With Belgium, he played a successful 1986 World Cup in Mexico and came to the semifinals before where you had 0-2 against the eventual champions Argentina in the cold. At the end of the " Rode Duivels " occupied the fourth place, the best result in its history. Scifo had come in all seven games for use and had two goals scored ( first round against Iraq and in the second round against the Soviet Union). For a subsequent election, he was voted the best young player of the tournament. After this tournament he had also prevailed in National Dress as -budgetary number ten.

In Italy in 1990, the expectations of the Belgians were high, and also to Scifo knüpften football fans their hopes. Scifo played a strong final round and met in the preliminary round against Uruguay. But in the second round you had to throw in the towel after the 0-1 defeat against England.

His third World Cup denied Scifo 1994 in the United States. After he had survived with Belgium the first round, was again closing in the second round, as they defeated Germany with 2:3. Scifo had been a strong opponent in this game with Matthias Sammer, of him not to unfold had ordered. Scifo was made ​​responsible for the retirement in Belgium.

His last major appearance was to be the tournament in 1998 in neighboring France. But already in the group stage was a terminus for the Belgians, who had disappointed overall. Scifo himself had come in only two games available for use, as it was with coach Georges Leekens in dispute. After the tournament, Enzo Scifo announced his retirement from international football (84 games / 18 goals). Thus, the group match against South Korea (2-2 ) was on 25 June 1998 his last game when he was replaced in the 65th minute.

He is one of only 14 players who have participated in four World Cups.


  • Belgian champion: 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1999/2000
  • Belgian Supercup: 1985 and 1987
  • French Champion: 1996/97
  • Coppa Italia: 1992/93
  • World Cup Fourth: 1986
  • Belgium's Footballer of the Year 1984

Career as a coach

Following his playing career Scifo looked after his last club, the SC Charleroi, as a coach. He then worked for the AFC Tubize and since then he was released at Excelsior Mouscron in 2009, he is without a job.

On 28 February 2012 Scifo signed a contract with RAEC Mons until 30 June 2013, when coach Dennis van Wijk following his statement that he would not renew his contract next season, was removed from office.

  • National football team (Belgium )
  • Belgian
  • Football coach (Belgium )
  • Born in 1966
  • Man