Eusébio


Eusébio

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National team

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 October 12 2005. He made his debut for the Portuguese national team against Luxembourg, in 19 October 1961, a match his country lost 2-4.

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

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

In addition to winning the Golden Boot award for the 1966 World Cup, Eusebio also set a record that year for the most penalties scored (shoot-out not included) with 4. Eusebio's 4 goals against North Korea in the quarter-final match also helped Portugal tie the record for largest deficit overcome in a win (3 goals, tying Austria 1954). The English were so impressed by Eusebio's performances that he was immediately added to the Madame Tussauds collection of waxwork.

Eusebio 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 with Bulgaria on October 19 1973 in a World Cup qualifier.

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

Honours

Club

*Sporting Clube Lourenço Marques
** League Moçambique: 1960
*Sport Lisboa e Benfica
** Portuguese First Division: 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
** Portuguese Cup: 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1972
** Portuguese Honour's Cup: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1975
** European Cup : 1962
*Toronto Metros-Croatia
** North American Soccer League (NASL): 1976

Country

* "'Portugal
**World Cup Third Place 1966

Individual honours

**Silver European Footballer of the Year : 1962
**Portuguese First Division top scorer:(28 goals)
**European Footballer of the Year France Football: 1965
**European Cup Top Scorer: (9 goals) 1965
**World Soccer Player of the Year: 1965
**Portuguese First Division top scorer:(28 goals)
**1966 World Cup Top scorer: (9 goals)
**Silver European Footballer of the Year France Football: 1966
**Portuguese First Division top scorer:(25 goals)
**World Soccer Player of the Year: 1966
**European Cup Top Scorer: (7 goals) 1966
**Portuguese First Division top scorer:(31 goals)
**European Cup Top Scorer: (6 goals) 1968
**Golden Boot : 1968, 1973 (42, 40 goals)
**Madame Tusards honour
**Portuguese First Division top scorer:(42 goals)
**Portuguese Golden Ball career award: 1991
**Portuguese Player (Athlete) of the Year: 1970
**Portuguese First Division top scorer:(40 goals)
**Portuguese Player (Athlete) of the Year : 1973
**1957-1978 Total goals in career: 1137 goals.

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