(b. 1942) Mozambican-born Portuguese footballer

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1942– )

Mozambican footballer who raised Portugal to the first rank of soccer-playing nations.

Born in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), capital of Mozambique, Eusebio made his first international appearance for Portugal at the age of nineteen and went on to play for the national side another seventy-six times. With his club, Benfica, Eusebio, dubbed by journalists ‘The Black Pearl’, won fifteen Portuguese Cup Winners' and League medals. However, although he appeared in the finals of the European Cup four times, his team had only one victory (1962). After a brief spell playing in the USA, Eusebio retired in 1978 and was subsequently appointed coach to his old club, Benfica.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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