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Ciao Eusébio

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Eusebio (R) in 1966

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, aka just Eusébio, a Mozambican-born Portuguese soccer forward, possibly the greatest soccer player of all-time, passed away today at age 71. He scored 733 goals in 745 matches, but his most memorable appearance was in 1966, at the World Cup in London. He had 9 goals in that tournament, 4 against North Korea, which probably ended up in a reeducation camp, poor chumps.

I was in the Sixth grade back then, and followed the games on my transistor radio, then watched snippets in the newsreels at the cinema. Life was sweet.

Goodbye, Eusébio, and thank you for the summer of ’66.

Here’s a Sunday treat: Mundial 66, the full length feature about that 1966 cup. It is the best movie ever made about my childhood. The Portuguese subtitles are funny – ignore them. The film is amazing.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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  1. Ciao is the wrong word!!! Eusebio was not Italian .

  2. Mario S Nusbaum says:

    "Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, aka just Eusébio, a Mozambican-born Portuguese soccer forward, possibly the greatest soccer player of all-time,"
    He wasn't even in the top 5, may be not in the top 10!
    Nevertheless may he r.i.p.

  3. Paulo Lopes says:

    Ciao Eusébio, thank you Eusébio…whatever.

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