Nicknamed The Black Pearl and The Black Panther, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, or Eusebio for short, was born in Mozambique on January 25, 1942. Eusebio, a household name at the time, is one of the all time greats and had tremendous pace with blistering acceleration.
His football career proper began in 1961 at the age of 19, when he transferred from Sporting Club of Lourenço Marques to join Benfica. He was instrumental in the winning of the European Champions Cup only a year later by scoring two goals in the final. Eusebio went on to become the 1965 European Footballer of the Year and won the first ever European Golden Boot Award in 1968. He was also the Portuguese League's top scorer from 1964 to 1973.
Eusebio did exceptionally well with Benfica, winning them 10 league championships and five cup wins, and had an outstanding goal scoring tally with them of 727 goals in 715 matches. After leaving Benfica in 1975, Eusebio then played for two other Portuguese teams before playing in the North American Soccer League. He finished his footballing career at the US club Las Vegas Quicksilvers, when his knees couldn’t take any more.
World Cup history
Eusebio made his international debut for Portugal in 1961 against Luxembourg. His greatest record in international football came in the FIFA World Cup 1966, which England won, when he scored nine goals to become the tournament’s top goal scorer; four goals came against North Korea. Eusebio scored an amazing 41 times for Portugal in 64 caps.
• Portuguese Championship, World Club Cup runner-up: 1961
• European Cup, Portuguese Cup, World Club Cup runner-up: 1962
• Portuguese Championship, European Cup runner-up: 1963
• Portuguese Championship, Portuguese Cup: 1964
• Portuguese Championship, European Cup runner-up, European Footballer of
the Year: 1965
• FIFA World Cup 1966 (3rd place) – 9 goals: 1966
• Portuguese Championship: 1967
• Portuguese Championship: 1968
• Portuguese Championship and Cup: 1969
• Portuguese Cup: 1970
• Portuguese Championship: 1971
• Portuguese Championship, Portuguese Cup: 1972
• Portuguese Championship: 1973
• Portuguese Championship: 1974
• NASL Championship: 1976