Portugal 1966 world cup

Portugal was to provide the 1966 world cup with one of the stars of the tournament, demonstrating that the whole of the Iberian Peninsular was a great seam for mining soccer talent. Only Bulgaria looked like makeweights. Portugal’s star of the tournament was Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, inevitably he became known as Eusebio in the footballing world. He joined Portugal’s Benfica in the 1961-62 campaign and played professional soccer for them during his professional career. Benfica were one of the most successful club sides in the 1960s, in which environment Eusebio flourished, indeed he was European footballer of the year for 1965, so there could be no question of underestimating the Portugese in the 1966 World Cup. They surprised everyone by nearly reaching the final, they lost against the eventuall world cup winners, England, in the semi finals.



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