Sunday, January 5, 2014

Video Tributes To Mozambican Born Soccer (Football) Player Eusebio

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post features excerpts from articles about the great Afro-Portuguese soccer (football) player Eusebio (January 25, 1942- January 5, 2014). Two video tributes to Eusebio are also showcased in this post.

This post is presented as a means of introducing people like me to Eusebio and also celebrating his life for those who had previously known about him.

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"Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, GCIH, GCM (Portuguese pronunciation: [ewˈzɛbiu ðɐ ˈsiɫvɐ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]; 25 January 1942 – 5 January 2014), commonly known simply as Eusébio, was a Mozambican-born Portuguese football forward. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.[2][3] During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches.[3]

He helped the Portuguese national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea)[4] and received the Bronze Ball award. He won the Ballon d'Or award in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. He played for Benfica for 15 years out of his 22 as a footballer, thus being mainly associated with the Portuguese club, and is the team's all-time top scorer with 638 goals scored in 614 official games. There, he won eleven Primeira Liga titles, five Taça de Portugal titles, a European Cup (1961–62) and helped them reach three additional European Cup finals..."

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — 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....

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 football's world governing body FIFA, he scored 679 goals in a total of 678 official games...

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.

"A football genius and example of humility, an outstanding athlete and generous man, Eusebio was for all sports fans and for all Portuguese an example of professionalism, determination and devotion to the colors of the national jersey and of Benfica," Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said in a statement.

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....

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.""...


Example #1: Eusébio | R.I.P Tribute | (1942-2014)

FootballTv776Published on Jan 5, 2014

Eusébio | R.I.P Tribute | 1942-2014 (Rip)
RIP Eusebio: A true legend for Portugal & Benfica
Descansa em Paz Pantera Negra
Homenagem a Eusébio mais conhecido por " Pantera Negra "
Eusébio - The Black Panther

"Sempre eterno Eusébio, descansa em paz" -- Cristiano Ronaldo

"Uma das grandes figuras do futebol português, uma das grandes figuras de Portugal, Eusébio é mais do que uma figura do futebol, Eusébio é Portugal". "[Se hoje jogasse]seria uma coisa assombrosa" -- José Mourinho

"Eusébio era como se fosse meu filho. Estou triste, triste, triste" - Mário Coluna, antigo jogador do Benfica e da selecção. [Google translate from Portuguese to English - "Eusebio was like my son I am sad, sad, sad." - Mario Column, former Benfica player and selection. "

"The king!! Grande perda para todos nos! O mais grande!! -- Luís Figo. [Great loss for all of us! The greatest!]

"RIP Eusebio (1942-2014). One of the greats." -- Xabi Alonso

"Estamos tristes por ter sabido que morreu Eusébio, lenda do Benfica. Ele era um jogador fantástico e um amigo do clube" -- Manchester United. [We are sad to (learn about the death of) Eusebio, Benfica legend. He was a fantastic player and a friend of the club".]

"De Eusébio vamos recordar o talento, o exemplo e o carácter de um homem que marcou o futebol português e se transformou numa referência do futebol mundial", SL Benfica ["(We remember Eusebio's) talent, the example and character of a man who marked the Portuguese football and became a reference in world football."]

«Morreu um dos maiores símbolos da modalidade. O maior jogador português da sua geração e sobretudo um grande ser humano e um exemplo de fair-play. É um dia triste para o futebol português» [ (One of the greatest symbols of the sport died). The greatest Portuguese player of his generation and above all a great human being and an example of fair play. It is a sad day for Portuguese football]

"Que triste notícia Deus. D.E.P Eusébio. Serás sempre recordado" -- Salvio. [What sad news God. (R.I.P) Eusebius. You'll always be remembered "]

"Triste muito triste. Descansa em paz King. És eterno !! RIP Eusébio" - Simão Sabrosa [Sad very sad. Rest in peace King. You are eternal]

Some of Eusébio (1942-2014) greatest moments with Portugal & SL Benfica.

The words in parenthesis are my changes to the Google Translate words to standard American English.

Example #2: Eusebio Tribute

wwemaddave, Uploaded on Jul 13, 2011

One of the greatest footballers ever

Thanks to Eusebio da Silva Ferreira for his athletic accomplishments and for being a positive role model. Rest In Peace.

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