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Rest In Peace Eusebio

Posted: 5 January 2014 Time: 12:33

Former European Footballer of the Year Eusebio died from a heart attack on Sunday at the age of 71, Portuguese media reported.

The death of the charismatic striker, whose full name was Eusebio da Silva Ferreira and was known as the ‘Black Panther’ and idolised throughout the Portuguese-speaking world, was confirmed by state television and the country’s sports dailies.

Eusebio was European Footballer of the Year in 1965, but won world acclaim the year after at the World Cup in England, where Portugal reached the semifinal and he scored nine goals.

He won 64 caps and scored 41 goals, a record that stood for almost two decades before being broken.

He was a European Cup winner with Benfica in 1963 and played in three other finals, including the loss to Manchester United at Wembley in 1968.

He won 11 titles in Portugal with Benfica, the club with him he played 15 of his 22 years and later served as an ‘ambassador’. He scored 638 goals scored in 614 official encounters for the Lisbon side.

He hailed from Lourenco Marques, now Maputo, in colonial Mozambique and, as a teenage prodigy, was supposed to go to Benfica’s great rivals Sporting Lisbon but changed his mind at the last minute.

Even though he played for Portugal he was widely regarded the best known African player of all-time, until the emergence in more recent times of George Weah, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Abedi Pele.

Eusebio ended his career playing in the US but returned to Portugal to various roles with Benfica and thee Portuguese federation. He was in his later years referred to the ‘O Rei’ (the king), enjoying widespread affection.

He has had several health scares in recent years.

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posted: 2014-01-05 10:39:30

Rus in vrede socca god

posted: 2014-01-05 10:43:20

Rest in peace Sir. Ronaldo was jealous of you and your records! We as Africans, adored you to bits.

posted: 2014-01-05 10:44:00


posted: 2014-01-05 10:56:02

Eish! I will wait first I dont trust Kickoff anymore unless they just copy and paste it frm other source

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2014-01-05 11:05:01

Rest in Peace  MoAfrica

tholokabomo-Tell no lies, Claim no easy victories
posted: 2014-01-05 11:06:10

TshepisoMa Whats is CR7 has to do with this.

posted: 2014-01-05 13:48:48

Editor sidinga izindaba/nuus/iindaba/ditaba/news please.Go to MayFOOL kom terug en vertel ons uJali usayine ku Kraalkop.Asb tog.

posted: 2014-01-05 14:50:35


chiefs r crooks
posted: 2014-01-05 17:42:39

Oh the pantera negra(black panther).i remember meeting dis great man in 1996September was a cup game against Benfica @estadio da luz.even though we heavily lost 6_2,I felt like not washing mine(hand),after he shook mine before dat cup was one of my careefs highlights.he so loved in Portugal.the man with the white towel around his neck all the time.the colony robbed us coz he never represented his country of birth.may his soul rest in peace.

posted: 2014-01-05 20:04:17

You are proof that in the midst of Africa's colonisation & oppression by Europeans, African natural talent could't be ignored. Who knows you u may have helped pave the way for other Africans albeit late. Rest in peace king

posted: 2014-01-06 07:17:48

Methinks; He was better than George Best. Pity that he played for the 'wrong" country; had he played for England he would be up there with Pele if not "better". RIP the legendary Eusebio. I knew very little about your playing abilities, relied only on sporadic snippets and the little that i saw was enough to convince me that you were better than Best.


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