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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.

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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.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. "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.

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