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Hakuna matata
6th January 2014, 09:36 AM

Portuguese football legend Eusebio, top scorer of 1966 world cup, dies
6 Jan, 2014, 0707 hrs IST, Reuters

Eusebio was European Footballer of the Year in 1965 but won global acclaim a year later at the WC in Eng, where his 9 goals helped Portugal reach the semifinals.
LISBON: Portuguese great Eusebio, top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died on Sunday from a heart attack at the age of 71 with the small Iberian nation mourning him as an "eternal symbol" of their football pride.

The death of the charismatic striker, who was idolised throughout the Portuguesespeaking world and considered one of the game's greatest players was confirmed by former club Benfica and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). "Portugal is mourning. Eusebio, the King of Portugal's 1966 team and the eternal symbol of the country, national team and Benfica passed away," the FPF said in a statement.

Eusebio, whose full name was Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, was European Footballer of the Year in 1965 but won global acclaim a year later at the World Cup in England, where his nine goals helped Portugal reach the semifinals. He earned 64 caps and scored 41 goals for Portugal, records that stood for almost two decades.

Nicknamed the 'Black Panther', Eusebio was a European Cup winner with Benfica in 1962 and played in three other finals, including the loss to Manchester United at Wembley in 1968. Eusebio helped Benfica to 11 Portugues championships and later served as an 'ambassador' for the club. He scored more than 300 league goals for the Lisbon outfit.

"The news caught us by surprise brutally, because there are men who should never go away," a Benfica statement read. "The life of Eusebio is the patrimony of everyone who loves football." As news of Eusebio's death spread, tributes began pouring in from the football family.

The King Eusebio hailed from Lourenco Marques, now Maputo, in colonial Mozambique and as a teenage prodigy was expected to join Benfica's great rivals Sporting Lisbon but changed his mind at the last minute.

Even though he played for Portugal, he was widely regarded as the best known African player of all-time, until the emergence in more recent times of the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba and Abedi Pele.
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Sanker Das
7th January 2014, 02:20 AM
condolences to the legend