Sunday, 5 January 2014

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, the biggest football player in Portugal and one of the most important
players in the whole world has, unfortunately, left us today, aged 71, victim of a heart attack.
The eternal Sport Lisboa and  Benfica striker scored 733 times in 745 professional games and was top goalscorer at the 1966 World Cup.
Born in Mozambique in 1942 when it was still a Portuguese colony, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira went on to play 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals.
The Benfica striker's nine goals at the 1966 World Cup in England included four mythic goals against North Korea.
He had been admitted to hospital several times over the past years for the treatment of heart and respiratory problems.
Famed for his blistering acceleration and dazzling dribbling skills, Eusébio was named European Footballer of the Year in 1965. He won the European Cup with Benfica in 1962 and was in the side that lost to Manchester United in the 1968 Wembley final.
Eusébio enjoyed 10 League Championship victories and 5 Portuguese Cup triumphs in his 15 years at the club and was Portugal's top league scorer seven times.
For all SLB fans, for all Portuguese people and perhaps for the whole world, Eusébio will never die as we love and admire him deeply. He was an extraordinary player and an amazing human being. This is a sad day for SLB, for Portugal and for the world of sports...

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