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Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio, 71, passes away


Soccer great Eusebio waves to the crowd during a Portugal team training session at the Heidewaldstadion in Gutersloh, Germany, on June 18, 2006.

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Portuguese great Eusebio, acknowledged as one of soccer’s greatest-ever strikers, has died, Portuguese media reported yesterday.

The “Black Panther,” whose full name was Esuebio da Silva Ferreira was born in Mozambique, but made his name as a fearsome striker for Portugal at the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, where he netted nine goals to be the tournament’s top scorer and help his team finish third.

He won the European Cup with SL Benfica in 1962 and was named European Footballer of the Year in 1965.

Portuguese sports daily A’Bola said Eusebio died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of yesterday morning. He was 71 years old.

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