Emmanuel "Manno" Sanon (25 June 1951 – 21 February 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 West 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.
|Full name||Emmanuel Sanon|
|Date of birth||25 June 1951|
|Place of birth||Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|Date of death||21 February 2008(aged 56)|
|Place of death||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1971–1974||Don Bosco FC|
|1980–1983||San Diego Sockers||31||(16)|
|1981–1982||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||16||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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. He would finish his tenure in the Belgian Pro League, with 142 matches and 43 goals.
In 1980, Sanon signed with the Miami Americans of the second division American Soccer League. When head coach Ron Newman left the team on 20 June 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. Sanon spent three seasons with the Sockers until he suffered a career ending knee injury.
1974 FIFA World CupEdit
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 nonetheless cemented his place in footballing history.
- Don Bosco
- Ligue Haïtienne (1): 1971
- San Diego Sockers
- NASL Indoor season (1): 1981–82
- Haiti national team
On 21 February 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.
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