UltimateXI Profile: Enzo Francescoli

By April 30, 2020
Enzo Francescoli Enzo Francescoli

El Flaco, the silky, slender Uruguayan born Enzo Francescoli Uriarte, was an elite playmaker of maybe understated class. In a glorious period for Uruguayan football, El Flaco played 73 times for his country between 1982 and 1997, nobody has played more. El Flaco made two appearances at the FIFA World Cup in 1986 and 1990 and won three Copa America titles. He would enjoy stints in his home country with Wanderers before globe trotting to feature in the Serie A, in France’s Ligue 1 and in the Argentine first division. So impressive a career did El Flaco have, that he is the only Uruguayan to make Pele’s list of the world’s 100 greatest living footballers.

Playing Career

Full name: Enzo Francescoli Uriarte

Date of birth: 12 November 1961 (age 58)

Place of birth: Montevideo, Uruguay

Height: 5 ft 11 1⁄4 in (1.81 m)

Playing position: Attacking midfielder

Club Career

           Years                         Team                    Apps   (Gls)

  • 1980–1982          Wanderers                     74         (20)
  • 1983–1986          River Plate                     113        (68)
  • 1986–1989          RC Paris                        89          (32)
  • 1989–1990          Olympique Marseille       28          (11)
  • 1990–1993          Cagliari                         98         (17)
  • 1993–1994          Torino                          24           (3)
  • 1994–1997          River Plate                    84          (47)

           Total                                                     510     (198)

 

Club Honours

  • River Plate - Primera División (5): 1985–86, 1994 Apertura, 1996 Apertura, 1997 Clausura, 1997 Apertura; Copa Libertadores (1): 1996; Supercopa Sudamericana (1): 1997

 

  • Marseille - French Division 1 (1): 1989–90

International Career

  • 1982–1997 Uruguay 73 (17)

International Honours

  • South American Youth Football Championship (1): 1981
  • Copa América (3): 1983, 1987, 1995

Individual Honours

  • Copa América player of the tournament (2): 1983, 1995
  • South American Footballer of the Year (2): 1984, 1995
  • Argentine Primera División top scorers (3): 1984 Metropolitano, 1985–86, 1994 Apertura
  • Player of the Year of Argentina (2): 1985, 1995
  • France Foreign Player of the Year (1): 1990
  • South American Team of the Year (4): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • FIFA 100
  • World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
  • Cagliari Hall of Fame
  • Cagliari Greatest All-time Starting XI
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