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Full name: Eusébio da Silva Ferreira
Date of birth: 25 January 1942
Place of birth: Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa
Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1/2 in)
Playing position: Forward
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Eusébio, nicknamed "The Black Panther" was a Portuguese football player. Eusébio was born in Mozambique and was the first big player that was born in Africa. Eusébio played most of his career at Benfica where he won the European Cup with in 1965. He also became eleven times Portuguese Champion with Benfica and is the all-time top scorer of the club with 638 goals in 614 matches.

One of his most impressive moments was at the 1966 FIFA World Cup with Portugal. Eusébio scored two goals against Brazil, knocking out the former World Champion in the group stage of the tournament. In the quarterfinals of that tournament Portugal had to play against North Korea. After just 25 minutes it was already 3-0 for the Korean's, but then came one of the most astonishing comebacks of football, Eusébio scored four goals and Portugal won the game eventually with 5-3. In the semifinals of the tournament Portugal played against England. The one goal of Eusébio wasn't enough in the 2-1 lose and Portugal had to play for the third place against the Soviet Union. The matched started well for Portugal, by receiving a penalty after 9 minutes. Eusébio took the penalty and scored, the famous Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was close to a save but just nearly missed the bal. Portugal won the game with 2-1 and became third, and Eusébio became top scorer of the tournament with 9 goals. Eusébio was a great striker, he was known for his speed, powerful shot and dribbles.


Club Record
1957-1960Sporting de Lourenço Marques4277
1975Boston Minutemen72
1975-1976Toronto Metros-Croatia2518
1976-1977Las Vegas Quicksilvers172
1977-1978União de Tomar123
1978–1979New Jersey Americans45

National Team


Team Honours
BenficaEuropean Cup1962
BenficaPortuguese Championship1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
BenficaPortuguese Cup1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1972
Toronto MetrosAmerican Championship1976
Monterrey CFMexican Championship1976

Individual Honours
Ballon D'or1965