Nkufo playing for Switzerland in 2007
|Full name||Isetsima Blaise Nkufo|
|Date of birth||25 May 1975|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1999–2000||→ Lugano (loan)||21||(14)|
|2010||Seattle Sounders FC||11||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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 Swiss national team, having won 34 caps and scored seven goals. He played for them at the 2010 World Cup.
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.
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.
- Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
|1.||15 May 2002||Espenmoos, St. Gallen||Canada||1–3||Friendly|
|2.||11 September 2007||Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt||Japan||3–4||Friendly|
|3.||6 September 2008||Ramat Gan National Stadium, Tel Aviv||Israel||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|4.||10 September 2008||Letzigrund, Zurich||Luxembourg||1–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|5.||11 October 2008||Kybunpark, St. Gallen||Latvia||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|6.||15 October 2008||Olympic Stadium, Athens||Greece||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|7.||1 April 2009||Stade de Genève, Geneva||Moldova||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
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
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- "Steve McClaren's Twente win Dutch league title". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
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- Mayers, Joshua (18 July 2010). "Sounders FC falls 2-1 to Celtic FC in international friendly". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- Mayers, Joshua (18 September 2010). "Blaise Nkufo records a hat trick to lead Sounders FC over Columbus, 4-0". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
- "Nyassi, Sounders top Crew, claim another USOC crown". MLSsoccer.com. 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
- "Sounders cut ties with Swiss forward Nkufo". MLSsoccer.com. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Forward Nkufo Retires". SoundersFC.com. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Liew, Jonathan (20 November 2009). "Blaise Nkufo: Switzerland star player at World Cup 2010". The Telegraph.
- Wilson, Jeremy (16 June 2010). "Spain 0 Switzerland 1: match report". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
- "B. Nkufo - National Team". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
- "Von N'Kufo über Nkufo bis Kufo". 20min.ch (in German). 21 August 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- "B. Nkufo - Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 June 2020.