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The world of football is in mourning after Portugal legend Eusebio passed away at the age of 71.

The former Benfica striker was a prolific goalscorer for both club and country – scoring 733 goals in 745 matches – and boasts an impressive list of honours to his name.

Here we look back at the greatest achievements of a storied career that featured 11 league titles and one European Cup win:

Born January 25, 1942, in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique (then Portuguese East Africa).

1957: Signs for local side Sporting de Lourenco Marques.

1960: Moves to Benfica after being turned down by Brazilian side Sao Paulo.

1961: Makes official debut for Benfica in a Portuguese Cup game against Vitoria Setubal, scores and misses a penalty in a 4-1 defeat.

1961: Wins first Portugal cap in a 4-2 defeat to Luxembourg, scoring his country’s opening goal

1962: Scores two goals in European Cup final as Benfica beat Real Madrid 5-3, finishes second behind Josef Masopust of Dukla Prague in Ballon d’Or voting.

1963: Suffers defeat in 2-1 European Cup final loss to Milan, scoring Benfica’s only goal, but wins second league title with Lisbon club.

1965: Denied further European glory as Inter beat Benfica 1-0 in European Cup final, although Eusebio did finish the tournament as top scorer with nine goals.

1965: Wins Ballon d’Or ahead of Inter duo Giacinto Facchetti and Luis Suarez.

1966: Scores four goals in FIFA World Cup quarter-final as Portugal come from behind to overcome North Korea 5-3.

1966: Loses World Cup semi-final to hosts England, despite netting Portugal’s only goal, Bobby Charlton scoring a double for the eventual winners. Finishes tournament as top scorer (nine goals).

1968: Prevented from scoring winner in European Cup final by great stop from Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney with scores at 1-1. United went on to win 4-1 in extra-time, but Eusebio displayed great sportsmanship by applauding Stepney’s save.

1968: Wins inaugural European Golden Boot after scoring 43 goals in 1867-68 season, went on to win the award for a second time in 1973.

1975: Plays final game for Benfica before moving to United States, enjoying spells in the North American Soccer League with Boston, Monterrey, Toronto, Las Vegas and New Jersey, in addition to stints at Portuguese sides Beira-Mar and Uniao de Tomar.

1979: Retires as Benfica’s all-time leading goalscorer 474, a mark that still stands. Also finished his career as Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer (41 goals) and most capped player (64 caps), although both records went on to be broken.

2003: Honoured as the Golden Player of Portugal by the Portuguese Football Federation to celebrate UEFA’s jubilee.

2004: Named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in the FIFA 100 list by Brazil legend Pele.

2014: Passes away on January 5.

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Black Panther' dies at 71

Lisbon - Known as the "Black Panther" or simply "The King", football legend Eusebio, who has died aged 71, reigned over Portuguese football in the 1960s, bringing glory to both his club Benfica and his country.

The top scorer in the 1966 World Cup and considered one of the best footballers of all time, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira died of cardio-pulmonary arrest early on Sunday morning.

His death lead to an outpouring of tributes with the Portuguese government decreeing three days of national mourning, with flags in Lisbon to fly at half mast.

"Football has lost a legend," FIFA president Sepp Blatter wrote on Twitter. "But Eusebio's place among the greats will never be taken away."

The top Portuguese footballer of all time Eusebio rivalled all-time greats including Brazilian Pele, Argentina's Alfredo Di Stefano and England's Bobby Charlton.

"I was the best player in the world, top scorer in the world and Europe. I did everything, except win a World Cup," Eusebio said in a interview in 2011, recalling his tears after Portugal's loss in the 1966 World Cup semi-final to England.

From humble origins in the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira was to emerge as one of the World Cup's most feared strikers, combining panther-like pace with a ferocious shooting ability.

Known throughout his career simply as Eusebio, the poor boy from Maputo became a legend for his exploits with Portugal and Lisbon giants Benfica during the 1960s.

Born in 1942, he rose to prominence in Mozambique football circles as a teenager through his performances for Sporting Lourenco Marques, a team with links to Sporting Lisbon.

With his exceptional technique, strength and goal-scoring record, it was not long before word of Eusebio's prowess soon filtered back to Portugal. In December 1960 he was offered trials with Sporting.

Although keen, Eusebio was not willing to risk leaving his beloved mother unless there was the firm promise of a contract. Sporting baulked, creating an opening for Benfica, who snapped up the youngster's signature.

A wrangle with Sporting Lourenco Marques over Eusebio's registration was finally settled, and in 1961 he made his debut for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a friendly.

Over the next five years, Eusebio developed as one of world football's best players.

In an early game for Benfica, he had outshone Pele in a friendly with Santos, and in 1962 he scored the crucial goals in a 5-3 victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup final.

When Madrid's legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskas symbolically handed his jersey to Eusebio after the match, the message was clear - the torch had passed, and in 1965 Eusebio was named European Player of the Year.

1966 World Cup exploits

But while Eusebio excelled with Benfica in Europe, it was his exploits at the 1966 World Cup for which he will be best remembered.

Eusebio's nine goals in England propelled Portugal to a third-place finish, and a succession of opposing teams simply had no answer to the power and pace of his play.

He scored twice in the 3-1 victory which sent holders Brazil out of the competition.

In the quarter-finals Eusebio was unstoppable, pulling off a one-man rescue act after Portugal went 3-0 down against North Korea after just 20 minutes.

The Koreans were blown away by a four-goal display from Eusebio as the Portuguese won 5-3.

In the semi-final against England Eusebio was effectively marked out of the match but he did find the net again. He scored his ninth of the tournament in the third-place play-off win over the Soviet Union.

He finished his 64-cap career having accumulated 41 goals for Portugal. He also earned European football's Golden Boot award twice and was Portugal's top scorer every season between 1964 and 1973.

He helped Benfica to 11 league championships and five domestic cups. He also appeared on the losing side in the European Cup finals of 1963 and 1968.

In 1975 he joined the flow of players involved in the ill-fated North American Soccer League, before retiring in 1979 after winding down his career in Mexico and Portugal.

Married with two daughters, in retirement he became an ambassador for Benfica and the Portuguese football federation. Always present at major events, he rubbed shoulders with current stars, among them the young Cristiano Ronaldo, now the Portugal captain, and the only one who could one day dethrone "The King".

"Eusebio will always be eternal. Rest in peace," wrote Ronaldo, in a message posted on Facebook alongside a photo of himself and his hero Eusebio.

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Portuguese great Eusebio dies at 71


Eusebio, the Portuguese soccer star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting icon and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, has died aged 71, his longtime club Benfica said.

He died Sunday, the club announced on its website, without providing further details.

Eusebio died at home of heart failure at 3.30 a.m. Sunday, his biographer, Jose Malheiro, said. “His health was very poor,” Malheiro told reporters. Eusebio was admitted to hospital several times over the past year for the treatment of heart and respiratory problems.

Officials at Benfica and at the Portuguese Football Federation, where Eusebio was an ambassador, could not immediately be reached.

Eusebio’s coffin was to be taken to Benfica’s Stadium of Light later Sunday, public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa reported.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain who plays for Real Madrid, commented on his Facebook page, “Always eternal Eusebio, rest in peace.”

“On this sad day of (Eusebio’s) death . . . I prefer to look upon him as immortal,” Chelsea’s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho told RTP.

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira became affectionately known as the Black Panther for his athletic prowess and clinical finishing that made him one of the world’s top scorers during his heyday in the 1960s for Benfica and the Portuguese national team.

Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was to lead Portugal to a third-place finish at the 1966 World Cup, but his agility and speed made him one of Europe’s most dangerous forwards for most of a career that lasted two decades.

He was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1965 as Europe’s player of the year and twice won the Golden Boot — in 1968 and 1973 — for being top scorer in Europe. According to soccer’s world governing body FIFA, he scored 679 goals in a total of 678 official games.

None are more famous than those he netted against North Korea in the quarterfinals of the 1966 World Cup. With Portugal trailing 3-0, Eusebio inspired his team’s turnaround with four goals and an eventual 5-3 victory.

While Portugal went on to lose to host and eventual champion England in the semifinals, Eusebio became even more popular at home when he wept openly as he left the field following the defeat.

He finished as the tournament’s top scorer with nine goals. In 1998, a panel of 100 experts gathered by FIFA named him in its International Football Hall of Fame as one of the sport’s top 10 all-time greats.

“Look, there are only two black people on the list: me and Pele,” Eusebio commented on the honor, referring to the Brazilian great who was a friend. “I regard that as a great responsibility because I am representing Africa and Portugal, my second homeland.”

Eusebio was born in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, during the Second World War when the southeast African country was still a Portuguese colony. He came from a poor family but sparkled for his local team and was lured by Benfica to Portugal when he was 18.

Known for his unpretentious and easy manner as well as his courage and ball skills, his popularity in Portugal was such that in 1964, when Italian clubs offered to buy Eusebio for sums that were astronomical for the time, the country’s then-dictator, Antonio Salazar, decreed that the player was a “national treasure” — meaning that he could not be sold abroad.

In a playing career unparalleled in Portugal, Eusebio was a cornerstone of the Benfica team that won back-to-back European titles in the early 1960s.

In an epic European Cup final against Real Madrid in 1962, when a first-half hat trick by Ferenc Puskas looked like it would be enough to secure the trophy for the Spanish club, Eusebio scored the last two goals as the Lisbon team came back to win 5-3 and clinch Benfica’s second straight continental title.

With Benfica, he won 11 Portuguese league titles and five Portuguese Cups, and remains the club’s best-known player. A bronze statue of him, poised to kick a ball, stands outside Benfica’s Stadium of Light.

But his display in the game against North Korea had already immortalized him to most Portuguese fans.

In that quarterfinal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Portugal made a nightmare start and was three goals down after 23 minutes.

“We were taken completely by surprise,” Eusebio told The Associated Press at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the Portuguese had a second meeting with the North Koreans 44 years after the first.

“I remember very clearly what (teammate Antonio) Simoes said when we were 3-0 down. He kept saying, ‘As long as we don’t go four goals down, we’re still in with a chance,’ ” Eusebio said. “And he was right.”

Eusebio led Portugal’s legendary comeback by repeatedly charging at the Korean defense, scoring four goals in just over 30 minutes.

After his first two goals, he picked the ball out of the net, ran back to the halfway line and placed it in the center spot for the restart. He completed his hat trick with a 56th-minute equalizer before scoring his fourth from the penalty spot as North Korea’s defense fell apart amid the onslaught.

“That was the best game of my life in a Portugal jersey,” Eusebio said. “It left its mark on me.”

Eusebio scored 41 goals in 64 games for Portugal.

After five knee operations, he played his last game for Benfica in 1975.

Eusebio then moved to North America where he spent the last years of his career playing for the Boston Minutemen, Toronto Metros, Las Vegas Quicksilver and Buffalo Stallions through 1980.

Eusebio stayed on at Benfica as an assistant coach after his retirement and traveled widely with the Portuguese national side as a paid “soccer ambassador.”

Eusebio is survived by his wife, Flora, two daughters and several grandchildren.

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Portugal football legend Eusebio dies

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Isa Soares, CNN
January 5, 2014 -- Updated 1202 GMT (2002 HKT)
Portuguese soccer star Eusebio da Silva Pereira was affectionately known as the
Portuguese soccer star Eusebio da Silva Pereira was affectionately known as the "Black Panther."
  • Eusebio, 71, died from a heart attack, former club says
  • The striker, affectionately known as the "Black Panther," was considered one of the sport's greatest players
  • Eusebio was top scorer at 1966 World Cup
  • Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo among those to pay tribute

(CNN) -- Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died at the age of 71, his former club Benfica said Sunday.

He died from a heart attack, the Lisbon side said on its website.

The striker, affectionately known as the "Black Panther," was idolized throughout the Portuguese-speaking world and considered one of the sport's greatest players.

Eusebio, whose full name Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, played for three North American Soccer League teams in the twilight of his career, but is best known for his exploits in 15 years at Benfica.

Born in Mozambique in 1942, which was then a Portuguese territory, he scored 41 goals in 64 appearances for his adopted country.

Eusebio 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 semi-finals.

World Cup scorer

He scored two goals as Portugal eliminated defending champions Brazil at the group stage, then netted four times in an incredible quarterfinal comeback against North Korea as his side rallied from 3-0 down to win 5-3 in one of the tournament's most famous matches.

Eusebio scored again in the semifinal against England, but the hosts won 2-1 before beating Germany in the final.

World football body FIFA said Eusebio was considered "one of the best footballers of all time and best ever from Portugal".

During his career with Benfica, the Lisbon side won the European Cup in 1962. He scored 733 times in 745 professional matches, according to FIFA.

He won ten league titles and five Portuguese cups in his 15 years at Benfica and was Portugal's top league scorer between 1964 and 1973.

Current Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was among those to pay tribute.

"Always eternal #Eusebio, rest in peace," the Real Madrid and former Manchester United striker tweeted alongside a picture of both men together.

Britain's Manchester United club tweeted: "We're saddened to hear Benfica legend Eusebio has passed away. He was a fantastic player and a friend of the club".

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The sunday Times

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Portugal legend Eusebio dies

The Sunday Times Published: 5 January 2014

Icon: Eusebio was known as the Black Panther as he rose to prominence with Benfica and Portugal (Paul Ellis)Icon: Eusebio was known as the Black Panther as he rose to prominence with Benfica and Portugal (Paul Ellis)

EUSEBIO, the Portugal football legend who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died at the age of 71.

Born in Mozambique in 1942, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira played 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals. His nine goals at the 1966 World Cup in England included four against North Korea.

Widely considered as one of the best players of all-time, the Benfica striker scored 733 times in 745 professional matches. His blistering acceleration and dazzling dribbling skills earned him the European Footballer of the Year award 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. He won 10 league championships and five Portuguese cups in his 15 years at the Lisbon club and was Portugal's top league scorer between 1964 and 1973.

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Fallece el mítico Eusebio

05/01/14 - 09:42.

El mítico Eusebio da Silva Ferreira ha fallecido este domingo a los 71 años de una parada caradiorespiratoria. La 'Pantera Negra' fue conocido por su velocidad, su técnica y su potente disparo con la pierna derecha.

Considerado uno de los mejores jugadores de todos los tiempos, Eusebio logró el Balón de Oro en 1965, ganó una Copa de Europa con el Benfica y lideró a Portugal hasta el tercer lugar en el Mundial de 1966. Además, fue 10 veces campeón de Liga y se proclamó en dos ocasiones 'Bota de Oro' de Europa, con 43 goles en la temporada 1967/68 y 40 en la 1972/73.

Estrella en el Mundial del 66
En la selección de Portugal marcó 41 goles en 64 participaciones y se proclamó tercero en el Mundial de Inglaterra de 1966, en el que fue máximo anotador.

Con apenas 18 años abandonó su Mozambique natal y viajó de incógnito -utilizó un nombre de mujer- hasta llegar a Lisboa La exitosa trayectoria de Eusebio se fraguó cuando abandonó con apenas 18 años su Mozambique natal a mediados de diciembre de 1960 y viajó de incógnito -utilizó un nombre de mujer- hasta llegar a Lisboa, donde fue recibido por su compatriota y ya jugador del Benfica Mario Coluna.

A Coluna le entregó, precisamente, una carta escrita por su madre en la que le solicitaba que cuidara de su hijo. El jugador del Benfica se convirtió, a la postre, en una especie de protector de Eusebio, a quien ayudó a ingresar sus primeros escudos -la moneda portuguesa de entonces- o a comprarse sus primeros trajes.

Eusebio había aterrizado en la capital lusa tras haber destacado en el Sporting Club de Lourenco Marques mozambiqueño por su descaro y capacidad goleadora, lo que pronto llegó a oídos de los 'grandes' clubes portugueses de la época.

'Doble' acuerdo
Aunque la historia de su fichaje todavía sigue rodeada de polémica, la versión más extendida asegura que el Benfica negoció directamente con la madre del jugador y logró cerrar su traspaso por 250.000 escudos, mientras que el Sporting llegó a un acuerdo con su club de origen que, finalmente, no sirvió de nada.

Rodeado del más estricto secreto -el Benfica utilizaba en sus documentos el nombre de Ruth Malosso cuando se refería a Eusebio para despistar-, el club 'encarnado' decidió aislar al futbolista a su llegada a la capital y lo trasladó a un hotel del Algarve, en el sur de país, donde permaneció varios días.

El Benfica negoció directamente con la madre del jugador y logró cerrar su traspaso por 250.000 escudos, mientras que el Sporting llegó a un acuerdo con su club de origen

"Me levantaba pronto para ir a hacer unas carreras y dar unos toques; nadie me conocía y en el hotel sólo había extranjeros", recordaba este miércoles el genial futbolista en el diario 'A Bola'.

El temor a 'destapar la liebre' llegó hasta tal punto que incluso se dice que el dirigente benfiquista Domingos Claudino dormía con un cordel atado por un extremo a un dedo de su pie y por el otro al dedo de Eusebio, por si alguien intentaba llevarse a la perla mozambiqueña durante la noche.

El Sporting de Lisboa protestó a la Federación Portuguesa de Fútbol, e incluso su club de origen en Mozambique denunció la "retención" del jugador al no dejarle regresar a su país.

'Hat trick' en su primer partido
El embrollo legal forzó a Eusebio a estrenarse cinco meses después de llegar a Lisboa en un amistoso, en el que logró tres de los cuatro goles de su equipo. De hecho, no pudo jugar la final dela Copa de Europa que ganó el Benfica en 1961.

Su pase oficial se cerró con el visto bueno de la Asociación Provincial de Fútbol de Mozambique, en una historia que recuerda al 'tira y afloja' entre clubes por fichar a otros grandes jugadores, como el protagonizado por FC Barcelona y Real Madrid en torno a Alfredo di Stéfano.

Tras 15 exitosos años en el Benfica, Eusebio comenzó un periplo que le llevó a jugar con cuatro equipos distintos de EEUU, en el Monterrey mexicano e incluso en la segunda división lusa, para acabar retirándose en la temporada 1977/78, a los 36 años.

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Addio Eusebio, leggenda del calcio portoghese

Il campione si è spento a 71 anni in seguito ad una grave crisi cardiaca. Realizzò oltre 730 reti, la maggior parte delle quali con la maglia del Benfica, la squadra di Lisbona che contribuì a rendere grande guidando il suo attacco dal 1960 al 1975

ROMA - È morto nella notte per un arresto cardio-respiratorio Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, ex stella del calcio portoghese. Lo ha annunciato la Lusa citando il Benfica squadra con cui vinse la Coppa dei Campioni nel 1962. Eusebio, 71 anni, originario del Mozambico, era soprannominato la 'Pantera nera'.

LA STORIA - Eusebio era nato in Mozambico, allora colonia portoghese, il 25 gennaio 1942, e  quindi tra poco avrebbe festeggiato i 72 anni. Negli ultimi anni era stato afflitto da numerosi problemi di salute, il più grave dei quali, nel luglio del 2012, fu un ictus cerebrale che lo costrinse ad un lungo ricovero in ospedale. A stroncarlo, la scorse notte un'ultima, fatale, crisi cardiaca. Nella sua lunga carriera, cominciata in Mozambico nel 1957 e terminata oltre 20 anni dopo, Eusebio realizzò oltre 730 reti, la maggior parte delle quali con la maglia del Benfica, la squadra di Lisbona che contribuì a rendere grande guidando il suo attacco dal 1960 al 1975. In quel periodo, la squadra lusitana conquistò 11 titoli nazionali, cinque coppe del Portogallo e, soprattutto, la Coppa dei Campioni 1961/1962, in una finale vinta 5-3 sul Real Madrid. Con il Benfica realizzò 291 reti in 313 partite di campionato (0,93 a partita), e 57 in incontri internazionali. Nel 1968 e nel 1973 fu Scarpa d'Oro quale miglior bomber del Continente. Con la Nazionale andò in gol 41 volte in 67 incontri disputati, diventando capocannoniere nel Mondiale 1966 con nove reti. Nonostante la salute malferma, continuava a impegnarsi quale ambasciatore del Benfica e della Federcalcio portoghese, sempre protagonista nei grandi appuntamenti internazionali. 

CR7 - "Per sempre eterno. Riposa in pace". Cristiano Ronaldo ha voluto subito rendere omaggio al grande Eusebio, morto la scorsa notte a Lisbona, postando questa frase su Twitter insieme con una foto che li ritrae insieme, quasi abbracciati. Tra pochi giorni, l'attaccante portoghese del Real Madrid, considerato l'erede di Eusebio, potrebbe ricevere il suo secondo Pallone d'Oro, superando così la Pantera Nera, che lo vinse una volta, nel 1965.

CORDOGLIO IN PORTOGALLO - 'Talentò, 'personaggio che ha segnato la storia del calciò, 'patrimonio di tutti gli amanti del calciò: dal Benfica alla Federcalcio portoghese, dal presidente della commissione Ue Barroso a Luis Figo, tutto il Portogallo tributa il giusto omaggio a Eusebio, la stella del calcio lusitano scomparso nella notte a 72 anni."Ricorderemo il suo talento, il suo esempio, il suo personaggio che ha segnato il calcio portoghese ed è diventato un punto di riferimento a livello mondiale del calcio - si legge sul sito del Benfica - La vita Eusebio è patrimonio di tutti coloro che amano il calcio. Il Benfica era la sua casa e lui ha fatto del Benfica più di un club, ne ha fatto la sua famiglia". "Questo è un giorno triste per il calcio portoghese e mondiale - ricorda Josè Barroso - e porgo le mie più sincere condoglianze alla famiglia". "La sua scomparsa è una grande perdita per tutto il calcio - è l'omaggio di Luis Figo - Lascia un grande vuoto". "Un genio del calcio", lo definisce il premier portoghese Pedro Passos Coelho aggiungendo che "Eusebio è stato un esempio di umiltà, un atleta straordinario, un uomo generoso e solidale . È stato per tutti gli appassionati un esempio di professionalità, di determinazione, di dedizione". Un ricordo di Eusebio arriva anche dal presidente del Mozambico, Paese d'origine della 'pantera nerà, Armando Gebuza: "È stata una figura che ha segnato e arricchito la storia del Mozambico. Eusebio è spesso tornato qui, mantenendo sempre un collegamento con il suo Paese d'origine. Un uomo assai noto e rispettato nel nostro Paese".

LUTTO NAZIONALE IN PORTOGALLO - Il governo portoghese ha decretato tre giorni di lutto nazionale per la morte di Eusebio, leggenda del calcio lusitano, avvenuta nella notte. Lo ha annunciato un portavoce del governo. Eusebio avrebbe compiuto 72 anni il prossimo 25 gennaio.

MAZZOLA - "Eusebio lo rivedo quasi in lacrime dopo la finale di Coppa Campioni '65 vinta dall'Inter sul Benfica a San Siro. Lui e i suoi compagni non volevano lasciare il campo, guardavano la gente lasciare gli spalti, mentre noi festeggiavamo". È uno dei ricordi di Sandro Mazzola legati al fuoriclasse del Benfica morto la scorsa notte, che secondo la bandiera dell'Inter era "un attaccante completo, forte di fisico, grande tecnica, intelligente. Sapeva fare tutto ed è stato uno dei più grandi, In più era anche molto simpatico". "L'ho incontrato sia con l'Inter, sia con la nazionale e mi ha fatto sempre grande impressione - ha detto Mazzola all'Ansa -. Una volta abbiamo giocato insieme e ho capito ancora di più di lui: per i 70 anni di Zamora facevamo parte di una selezione Resto d'Europa contro la Spagna, dove io ero centravanti e lui ala. Io avevo studiato un movimento per superare la difesa in linea degli iberici, ma nell'applicarlo mi resi conto che Eusebio non lo sapeva; come per incanto, ritrovai il pallone davanti a me, lui aveva capito tutto anche senza parlare. Era davvero un grande". 

OPERAZIONE SAN GENNARO - Non ha mai giocato in Italia, ma nel 1966 Eusebio, scomparso oggi, fu vicino al Napoli, anche se solo nella finzione cinematografica. L'idea di fantamercato spuntò fuori in "Operazione San Gennaro", il film di Dino Risi che immagina un audace furto del tesoro di San Gennaro. Nel film il capo della banda, Dudù, interpretato da Nino Manfredi, va in chiesa per chiedere al santo il permesso di rubare il suo tesoro per usarlo per il bene di Napoli. Tra le proposte che Manfredi fa a San Gennaro per usare al meglio i trenta miliardi di valore del tesoro c'è, oltre a un esilarante"ponte sospeso tra Napoli e Capri", anche l'acquisto di Eusebio che "ci farà vincere la Coppa dei Campioni". Alla fine il furto nella finzione cinematografica va a segno ma il tesoro viene poi restituito alla chiesa, facendo così svanire anche il sogno di portare Eusebio a Napoli.

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Eusebio, une légende en images


Eusebio s'est éteint dimanche à l'âge de 71 ans, d'un arrêt cardio-respiratoire. Retour en images sur la carrière de la "Panthère noire", plus grand joueur portugais de tous les temps.

Benfica, son club de toujours
Eusebio débute sa carrière en 1961 au Benfica Lisbonne, qu'il ne quittera qu'en 1975 pour un bref exode nord-américain. Âgé de 19 ans et fraîchement débarqué du Mozambique, le jeune attaquant s'impose dès sa première année.

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