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Eusebio: the best Portuguese footballer in history

11/14/2022 at 10:16 pm.

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His nine goals helped Portugal finish third in England 1966, his best performance at the World Cup.

He signed his best performance in the quarterfinals (5–3) and scored four goals against North Korea, going 0–3.

The match was to be played in Liverpool, where Portugal, in their first participation in the World Cup, defeated North Korea in the quarter-finals, one of the great revelations of the 1966 World Cup in England, which the hosts won. Was. What, even today, is his only World Cup. But the organization changed Goodison Park for Wembley and there Eusébio’s team ended up losing a semi-final that should have taken the Portuguese into the grand final.

The truth is that, reviewing the career of the team led by Otto Glória, Portugal qualified to become champions and was blamed with a footballer born in Mozambique (formerly a Portuguese colony) in 1942, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, nicknamed the Black Panther and considered by many to be the best Portuguese player in history. 578 goals in 575 games (471 in 440 with Benfica) guaranteed him. With the national team he played 61 games and scored 41 goals, nine of them in six matches played in that World Cup in England, Portugal’s debut, which was the third, still its best participation in a World Cup event. The Portuguese defeated Hungary (3–1), Bulgaria (3–0) and Brazil (3–1) in the group stage, where Eusébio scored against the Bulgarians and Pelé scored a double against Brazil.

North Korea was waiting in the quarter-finals and dominated before 0-3 after 25 minutes, maintaining the exceptional level of play shown throughout the tournament. until the Black Panther appeared, who staged one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history and Portugal won 5–3 with four goals from Eusébio, two of them from penalties. There was only one last attempt left to play in the final, but Charlton’s two goals ended the dreams of the Portuguese, who secured third place against the Soviet Union with Black Panther’s ninth goal.

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