South Sudanese – Danish football star has been ranked 37th in BleacherReport.Com’s “top 100 youth prospects in European football” of 2015.
Pione Sisto is easily the most exciting prospect in Scandinavia right now, and he’s such an atypical Danish player he’s earning plenty of admiring, inquisitive looks.
He’s already emerged as one of Midtjylland’s key players (he was sorely missed while dealing with injury earlier this year), providing spark and ingenuity from the flank. He dribbles, feints and cuts inside to create chances with consistency.
The 20-year-old can also pop up in the right place at the right time to score key goals—a good trait to have for any emerging final-third player.
Pione Sisto made his league debut during the 2012–13 Danish Superliga season and scored his first professional goal during the same season in the match against AGF of Århus. On 2 March 2014, he scored twice in FC Midtjylland’s 5-1 away victory over F.C. København in the Danish Superliga.
In December 2014, Sisto was voted “Player of the Year 2014” by the Danish Footballers’ Association and “Profile of the Autumn 2014” by the Danish Football Magazine.
After an injury he played his first club match in 2015 in May coming on as a substitute against F.C. København. Shortly after he made an assist for the game’s first goal followed by scoring the deciding goal, giving FCM a 2-0 victory to win their first Danish league title.
Scouts from Barcelona, Milan, Juventus and Porto have been to Denmark several times to see the Danish midfielder and Arsenal has also shown interest in the midfielder. According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf Ajax has offered 7 million euros without success. The player is represented by his agent Jonas Ankersen.
Sisto not being a Danish citizen, but having lived his whole life in Denmark prompted Danish national team manager Morten Olsen to express his hope that the player would soon be eligible for the national squad. The first step in that process occurred when Sisto received his Danish citizenship in December 2014. He was immediately chosen to represent the Denmark national under-21 football team, although in an unofficial match; legally, he would not be able to represent Denmark in an official international match, due to FIFA regulations. On 23 January 2015, he made his debut for the Danish U21 side, scoring a hat-trick in a 7–1 win against Romanian club FC Dinamo București.
On 8 May 2015, Sisto received official word of FIFA’s dispensation decision, granting him the ability to immediately represent Denmark, without waiting the obligatory five years following his 18th birthday.
On 20 May 2015, Sisto was called up to the Denmark national football team for its matches against Montenegro and Serbia.
Sisto got his debut for the Danish national football team on 4 September 2015, in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Albania. He played the first 45 minutes, but was replaced at halftime by Yussuf Poulsen. The game ended 0-0.
He represented the Denmark U21 team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, and scored the last goal in a 2–1 victory against the host nation in the opening match at the Eden Arena in Prague.
Pione Sisto Ifolo Emirmija was born in 1995 in Uganda to South Sudanese parents.