Entso Francheskoly

Entso Francheskoly

Football player
Date of Birth: 12.11.1961
Country: Uruguay

  1. Biography of Enzo Francescoli
  2. Clubs
  3. International Career
  4. Legacy

Biography of Enzo Francescoli

Enzo Francescoli, a former Uruguayan footballer, was born on November 12, 1961, in Uruguay. He played as a midfielder and forward during his career. In 1995, Francescoli had a phenomenal season, leading River Plate to victory in the Argentine championship and the Uruguayan national team to success in the Copa America. He was recognized as the number one player in his continent, becoming the second player after 1984 to achieve this honor without winning any titles with River Plate or the national team.


- Wanderers Montevideo, Uruguay (1978-1983)
- River Plate Buenos Aires, Argentina (1984-1986, 1994-1997)
- Matra Racing (1986-1989, 89 matches, 32 goals) and Olympique Marseille (both France) (1989-1990, 28 matches, 11 goals)
- Cagliari (1990-1993, 98 matches, 17 goals) and Torino (both Italy) (1993-1994, 24 matches, 3 goals)

International Career

Francescoli made his debut in the First Division on April 24, 1983, playing for River Plate against Huracan. His first goal came on April 27, 1983, in a match against Ferro Carril Oeste. He played his last match on December 21, 1997, against Argentinos Juniors. Francescoli won several titles, including the Copa Libertadores in 1996, the Argentine championship in 1995A, 1996A, 1997A, and 1997K, and the French championship in 1990. He also participated in the World Cups in 1986 and 1990 and won the Copa America in 1983, 1987, and 1995.


According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, Francescoli is ranked 24th among the best South American footballers of the 20th century. Though he was born in Uruguay, he is considered an idol by the Argentine fans and is highly respected by River Plate supporters. Despite the general animosity towards Uruguayans in Buenos Aires, Francescoli became a true icon of the popular Argentine club. He played his best years at River Plate, returning to the club after spells in France and Italy. In 1994, when several key players left the team, Francescoli came back to rejuvenate the squad. In 1995, he led River Plate to win the Argentine championship and the Uruguayan national team to triumph in the Copa America. He brought new life to the game, displaying a unique combination of playmaker and striker skills, setting himself apart from Diego Maradona, who was adored by Boca Juniors fans and the Argentine national team supporters.

Despite the high expectations, Francescoli's international career did not reach its full potential. After the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 1982 World Cup, Uruguay struggled to make an impact on the international stage. Francescoli's greatest achievement with the national team was reaching the Round of 16 in the 1986 World Cup. However, he remained a prominent figure in Uruguay's national team and won numerous titles with River Plate, making him an esteemed player in the football world.