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FIFA Hall of Fame Eusebio, the legend leaves
one of the first ten players elected to FIFA Hall of Fame
yesterday got a plane named after hime
He start for Sporting of Lourenco Marques when he was 15, is goals where famous in Portugal, and three teams made offers Sporting, Porto, Belenenses but he choose Benfica 250 contos plus 6 contos a month, on his open day in Portugal he scored 3 goals against Atletico, 23 of May 1961, he missed the final of the CL on the 31 of May because of his papers not reach the federations on time.
Benfica defeated Barcelona 3-2
First tournament it happen in France against Andreletch and Benfica won 3-2 with Eusebio scoring a goal.
The first derby with Pele he scored 3 goals
In May 1962 on his first final of the champions league, against the 5 time European Cup champion Real Madrid, after he was trip inside the penalty area, going to take a shot Santamaria of Real Madrid call him a M/A/R/I/C/O/N
he scored and they call him a Cabron, Coluna stop by Santamaria and said I am his bodyguard, you got deal with me, 23m later Santamaria one of the best defender of his time, stop a ball with his hand outside the box over 35 yards, Coluna with a little touch for Eusebio rifle shot, was the begin of a brilliant career.

A newspaper Ramon Melcon called Eusebio "es una bestia'
England newspaper Desmond Hackett called Eusebio magnificent and nickname him the 'Black Panther"
Daily Mail called him the best Inside right in Europe and World.
Eusebio was happy he scored two goals.
62/63 he scored 23 goals in the portuguese league, 3 less then his teamate the Giant Torres, with a bunch of assists by Eusebio.
from 63/64 to 67/68 Eusebio was the best goalscorer in the portuguese league, he scored 42 of the team 75 goals in 67/68

72/73 Eusebio scored 40 goals, in the two years Eusebio was the best goalscorer in Europe winning the Golden Shoe.

1966 World Cup, Portugal lost to the host England 2=1 in the semi-finals, but the refereee misses calling a penalty, Eusebio scored 9 goals in WC competion, the best at the time.
Before the semi-finals Eusebio scored one of his best goals against Brazil, after a corner by Simoes and a touch by Jose Augusto. Daily Sketch a England newspaper said Brazil after winning the last 2 World Cups, was beaten by Eusebio.
Daily Sketch called him a King of the Kings, Sunday Eusebio is a King inside and outside of the field.

The People call him the World best player, Sunday Citizen called him a immortal, The Times Eusebio diabolico, France Soir excides the imagination, Daily Mail writes, who's going to stop Eusebio, Just Fontaine the best Kicker ever.
scored over 733 goals with Benfica Jersey in 745 games. 41 goals with the national team colors, 57 in the European Cup competion, he scored a total of 1,000 with New Jersey Americans


1966 was the best Player of Europe by France football
1966 was voted the best player in the World by News of the World, in the day FIFA had not a player of the World.

63 hattricks
Portugal president Antonio Salazar called Eusebio, Portuguese treasure and can never be sold, so Benfica refused offers from Real Madrid and Juventus.


Eusebio said the last good bye with the Benfica Jersey at the old Alvalade stadium in 9 of October 1976.
later played for Beira-Mar, Uniao de Tomar, in the USA for Boston Minutemen, Las Vegas Quick Silvers, won a championship in the NASL with Toronto Metros, finish after scoring 1,000 goals with New Jersey Americans.

First Benfica Honor game, Benfica tied the World All Stars 2-2,
World team
Banks
Jackie Charlton
Blackenbourg,
Badeco,
Hilario
Bobby Charlton
Paulo Cesar,
Netzer
George Best
Keita
Keizer

Iribar
Garcia Ramos
Steeler
Gento
Dirceu

Benfica
Jose Henriques
Artur
Bastos Lopes
Messias
Barros
Vitor Martins
Rui Rodrigues
Simoes

Nene
Jordao
Eusebio
Bento
Humberto Coelho
Artur Jorge
Toni
Moinhos
Nelinho

in 1992 was the farewell game, promised by Benfica many years before
Benfica played Manchester United, and finish with a Gala at Casino Estoril
some of the players the participate
Carvalho, Bento, Jose Henrique
Damas
Pedro Gomes
Alexandre Baptista
Pietra
Bastos Lopes
Cruz
Humberto Coelho
Jose Augusto
Sheu
Custodio Pinto
Manuel Fernandes
Toni
Jordao
Torres
Gomes
Alves
Vitor Campos
Seniho
Nene

World
Jean Marie Pfaff
Neeskens
Kroll
Chapuisat
Camacho
Mario Kempes
'Altafani
Six
Bobby Charlton
Gallego
Repp
Roger Mila
Rivelino

President Mario Soares give Eusebio the higest award the Ordem do Infante

15 June 92 FIFA honor with the Honor of Merit

the biggest Award it happen in January of 1998, with the election of 25 journalist with nominated to the Hall of Fame Champions of Fifa, a idea taken by the Hall of Fame in the USA

Eusebio was elected along with 9 others to FIFA Hall of Fame, along with
Beckenbauer
Bobby Charlton
Cruyff
Di Stefano
Stanley Matthews
Pele
Platini
Puskas
Lev Yashin


Today it still the symbol of Benfica and Portugal and his tall statue at Benfica in the old and new stadium of Light
was done by a american sculptor Duker Bower, and a gift by a Acoriano Vitor Baptista a portuguese immigrant.
A monument in named of Fair Play.

Yesterday TAP the portuguese airlines named a plane after Eusebio, the only person alive to have it.


Benfica won championships in 62/63
64/65
66/67
67/68
68/69
70/71
71/72
72/73
74/74
75/76

Portuguese cups
63/64
68/69
69/70
71/72

European cup
trophies like Ramon Caranza, Teresa Herrera

etc.
 

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what can one say :proud:

and wat honour to have him always with us, following the team, always being part of our beloved club :proud:
 
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