Focus On; Eusebio

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Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, nicknamed the “Black Panther”, the “Black Pearl” or “O Rei” (“The King”), was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time[7][8] as well as Benfica’s best player ever.[9] He was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer, accumulating 733 goals in 745 matches.

Eusébio helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals. He won the Ballon d’Or in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. He is Benfica’s all-time top scorer with 473 goals in 440 competitive matches. There, his honours include eleven Primeira Liga titles and a European Cup, also being integral in reaching additional European Cup finals in 1963, 1965 and 1968. He is the second-highest goalscorer, behind Alfredo Di Stéfano, in the pre-Champions League era of the European Cup with 48 goals. He was the European Cup top scorer in 1964–65, 1965–66 and 1967–68. He also won the Bola de Prata for the Primeira Liga top scorer a record seven times. He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot, in 1968, a feat he replicated in 1973.

From his retirement until his death, Eusébio was an ambassador of football and was one of the most recognizable faces of his generation. His name often appears in best player of all time lists and polls by football critics and fans. He was elected the ninth-best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS and the tenth-best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the World Soccer magazine. Pelé named Eusébio as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list. He was seventh in the online poll for UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA’s Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Portugal by the Portuguese Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.[11] Shortly after Eusébio’s death, Di Stéfano stated: “For me Eusébio will always be the best player of all time”.


  • Full Name: Eusebio da Silva Perreira
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 25.01.1942
  • Birthplace: Laurenco Marques, Mozambique
  • Nation: Portugal
    • Full Caps: 64
  • Major League Career
    • 1961-75, Benfica (301/317)
  • NASL
    • 1975-76, Toronto Metros Croatia (21/16)
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