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Personal information
Full name Eusébio da Silva Ferreira
Date of birth 25 January 1942 (1942-01-25) (age 67)
Place of birth    Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa
(now Mozambique)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sporting Lourenço Marques
Rhode Island Oceaneers
Boston Minutemen
Toronto Metros-Croatia
Las Vegas Quicksilver
New Jersey Americans
União de Tomar

301 (317)

007 00(2)[1][2]
010 00(1)
012 00(3)
021 0(18)[1][2]
017 00(2)[1][2]   
National team
1961–1973 Portugal 064 0(41)[3]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Statue of Eusébio outside the Benfica stadium, the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, GCIH, GCM (Portuguese pronunciation: [euˈzɛbiʊ dɐ ˈsiɫvɐ fɨˈʁɐiɾɐ]; born 25 January 1942), commonly known simply as Eusébio, is a Portuguese former football forward of Mozambican origin, considered one of the best footballers of all-time. He helped the Portuguese national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (six of which were scored at Goodison Park) and was elected the European Footballer of the Year in 1965. He played for Sport Lisboa e Benfica for 15 years, and is the team's all-time top scorer.

Nicknamed "The Black Panther", or "The Black Pearl", Eusébio scored 727 goals in 715 games. He is also known for his speed and his powerful, accurate right-footed strike. He is considered Benfica's and Portugal's most renowned player and the first world-class African striker.[4] He was elected the 9th best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS.[5] Pelé named Eusébio as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list. 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.[6]


Club career

Eusébio was born in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique). He moved to Lisbon in his late teens, and in 1961, Eusébio joined Sport Lisboa e Benfica as an 18-year-old from his local club, Sporting Club of Lourenço Marques, for £7,500. The move was controversial however: Sporting Lourenço Marques was a subsidiary of Sporting Clube de Portugal and the two rivals disputed him. Benfica discovered Eusébio due to the former Brazilian player José Carlos Bauer, who saw him in Lourenço Marques in 1960. Bauer indicated Eusébio first to his former club, São Paulo FC, but the Tricolor denied. After this, he talked about Eusébio with his former coach in São Paulo, Béla Guttmann, who was coaching Benfica at the time.[7]

In 1962, he won the European Cup with Benfica, scoring two goals in the final against Real Madrid. Benfica won 5–3. Benfica were also European Cup runners-up in 1963, 1965, and 1968.

He was the 1965 European Footballer of the Year and in 1968 was the first winner of the Golden Boot Award, as Europe's leading scorer, a feat he repeated five years later. The Portuguese First Division's top scorer seven times from 1964 to 1973, he helped Benfica to 11 league championships (1961, 1963–1965, 1967–1969, 1971–1973, 1975) and five cup wins (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1972). He scored 727 goals in 715 matches wearing Benfica's jersey,[8] including 317 goals in 301 Portuguese league matches.[4]

In 1976–77 and 1977–78, Eusébio played for two minor Portuguese teams, Beira-Mar, in I Division, and União de Tomar, in the II Division.

He also played in the North American Soccer League (NASL), for three different teams, from 1975 to 1977: Boston Minutemen (1975), Toronto Metros-Croatia (1976), and the Las Vegas Quicksilver (1977). His most successful season in the NASL was in 1976 with Toronto Metros-Croatia. He scored in their 3–0 victory at the 76 Soccer Bowl to win the NASL title. The same year, he played ten games for Monterrey in the Mexican league.

The following season (1977), he signed for the Las Vegas Quicksilver. This was to be a very disappointing end to Eusébio's career. By this time, injuries had taken their toll on The Black Panther, and he was constantly receiving medical treatment whilst playing for the Quicksilver. During the season he only managed to score two goals.

Although his knees robbed him of his ability to continue in the NASL, Eusébio wanted to continue to play soccer. He found a home in 1978 with the New Jersey Americans of the second-tier American Soccer League (ASL). He was forced to retire for good at the conclusion of the season.

International career

Eusébio was the all-time leading scorer for his country, with 41 goals (in 64 matches), until forward Pauleta surpassed his record against Latvia on 12 October 2005. He made his debut for the Portuguese national team against Luxembourg on 19 October 1961, a match his country lost 4–2.

He was the leading scorer in the 1966 World Cup where he scored nine goals, including four against Korea DPR in quarterfinals, a match in which Portugal came back to win 5–3 after trailing 3–0.

In the semi-final match against England, Eusébio scored Portugal's only goal on a penalty in the 82nd minute.

In addition to winning the Golden Boot award for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, Eusébio also set a record that year for the most penalties scored (shoot-out not included) with four. Eusébio's four goals against Korea DPR in the quarter-final match also helped Portugal tie the record for largest deficit overcome in a win (three goals, equaling Austria in 1954). The English were so impressed by Eusébio's performances that he was immediately added to the Madame Tussauds collection of waxwork.

Eusébio, however, never played in another World Cup finals tournament, though he took part in the 1970 and 1974 qualifiers. His last game for the national team was a 2–2 draw against Bulgaria on 19 October 1973 in a World Cup qualifier.

Despite being retired, Eusébio is a constant presence among the Portuguese national team.




Sporting Clube Lourenço Marques

  • League Moçambique
    • 1960


  • Cup of Honour (Taça de Honra)
    • 1962–63, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
  • Ribeiro dos Reis Cup (Taça de Ribeiro dos Reis)
    • 1963–64, 1965–66, 1970–71

Toronto Metros-Croatia


Individual honours


  1. ^ a b c National Football Teams Player Profile - Eusebio at
  2. ^ a b c "North American Soccer League Jerseys - Eusebio". Retrieved 12 January 2009.  
  3. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (29 October 2005). "Eusébio Ferreira da Silva - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2009.  
  4. ^ a b World Cup classic players - Eusebio - - FIFA. Retrieved 26 October 2006.
  5. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (30 January 2000). "IFFHS' Century Elections". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2009.  
  6. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage" -, UEFA, 2003.
  7. ^ "Os vice-campeões", Max Gehringer, Especial Placar: A Saga da Jules Rimet fascículo 4 - 1950 Brasil, dezembro de 2005, Editora Abril, págs. 46-47
  8. ^ As indicated in the 2002 FIFA article: (German) Eusebio - Der "Schwarze Panther" aus Portugal wird 60. The IFFHS, however, recognizes 342 goals in 373 league matches between 1960 and 1977, as per "The World's most successful Top Division Goal Scorers of all time".
Preceded by
Leonel Sánchez,
Garrincha, Vavá,
Valentin Ivanov
Flórián Albert and Dražan Jerković
FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
Succeeded by
Gerd Müller

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