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Nkufo playing for Switzerland in 2007
Personal information
Full name Isetsima Blaise Nkufo
Date of birth (1975-05-25) 25 May 1975 (age 48)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 1.86 m
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Lausanne 2 (0)
1994–1995 Echallens 16 (9)
1995–1996 Al-Arabi 12 (6)
1996–1997 Yverdon 35 (12)
1997–1998 Lausanne 34 (18)
1998–2000 Grasshopper 18 (4)
1999–2000 → Lugano (loan) 21 (14)
2000–2001 Lucerne 19 (7)
2001–2002 Mainz 05 42 (20)
2002–2003 Hannover 96 9 (0)
2003–2010 Twente 223 (114)
2010 Seattle Sounders FC 11 (5)
Total 442 (209)
National team
2000–2010 Switzerland 34 (7)
Teams managed
2017- Rino's Tigers
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Isetsima Blaise Nkufo (born 25 May 1975) is a Swiss former international footballer who played as a striker and current coach of Rino's Tigers in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.

He was born in Zaire and raised in Switzerland from the age of seven. Nkufo played professionally in Switzerland, Qatar, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, scoring 209 goals in 442 career league appearances. Nkufo was also a member of the Switzerland national team, having won 34 caps and scored seven goals. He played for them at the 2010 World Cup.

Club career

Nkufo played for Lausanne Sport, FC Echallens, Al-Arabi, Yverdon-Sport FC, Grasshopper Club Zürich, AC Lugano, FC Lucerne, Mainz 05, Hannover 96, FC Twente and Seattle Sounders FC.

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Nkufo playing for Seattle Sounders FC.

In early 2010, Nkufo left Twente and was linked to sign with the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC. On 4 March 2010, the Sounders confirmed that they had signed Nkufo and that he would be joining the Sounders' squad on 13 July 2010 when his contract with Twente expired. In his final season with Twente, Nkufo scored 12 Eredivisie goals helping the club to their first league title in their 45-year history. Nkufo made 223 Eredivisie appearances for Twente, and scored 114 goals - a club record. Twente erected a statue in his honour outside of the stadium following his departure.

His first appearance for the Sounders was on 18 July 2010 during a friendly vs. Celtic. Nkufo was the first Sounders player to record a hat-trick in league play, doing so against the Columbus Crew on 18 September 2010. It ended a scoreless drought of 415 minutes for him after joining the club. On 5 October 2010, Nkufo featured in the final of the U.S. Open Cup as the Sounders defeated the Columbus Crew by a score of 2–1. On 15 March 2011, Seattle and Nkufo agreed mutually to the termination of his deal. Nkufo announced his retirement thirteen days later.

International career

Nkufo made his international debut for Switzerland in 2000. He was a squad member at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At the tournament, Nkufo played an influential role in helping the Swiss upset eventual world champions Spain in the group stage.

International goals

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Nkufo goal.
List of international goals scored by Blaise Nkufo
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 May 2002 Espenmoos, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Canada 1–3 Friendly
2 11 September 2007 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria  Japan 3–4 Friendly
3 6 September 2008 Ramat Gan National Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4 10 September 2008 Letzigrund, Zürich, Switzerland  Luxembourg 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
5 11 October 2008 Kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Latvia 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6 15 October 2008 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
7 1 April 2009 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Moldova 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Coaching career

Nkufo owned the Nkufo Academy Sports in the Greater Vancouver area, is managing director of the Blaise Soccer Elite Training INC, and works as Head coach of Rino's Tigers in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division.

Personal life

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, Nkufo emigrated to Switzerland with his family when he was seven and became naturalised as a Swiss citizen.

Nkufo is married to a woman from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Name confusion

Nkufo has himself said in interviews that his surname is Nkufo. The incorrect version N'Kufo is often found in media. The surname is pronounced Kufo, without the N.



Seattle Sounders FC

  • U.S. Open Cup: 2010

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