In 1966 Eusebio won the Golden Boot for top scorer at the World Cup tournament, with nine goals in six games. Can the children design their own medal to celebrate some of his other achievements?
Learn a little about Eusébio, thought by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, footballer of all time. And enjoy our collection of colouring pages, printables and worksheets!
- During his professional career, Eusébio scored an incredible 733 goals in 745 matches.
- Eusébio has the 10th-most goals scored of all time in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League.
- When Benfica "poached" Eusébio from Sporting in 1960, they had to hide him in a hotel in a fishing village in the Algarve for 5 months while they fought in the law courts over him!
- In his debut match with Benfica in June 1961 Eusébio scored a hat-trick! A fortnight later he was brought on in the second half of a friendly match against the Brazilian club, Santos, when Benfica were losing 4-0. Within 20 minutes Eusébio had scored another hat-trick!
- Amongst his many nicknames, Eusébio was known in Portugal as "the Good Giant" - because he was very big, and kind.
“I can't forget my older team-mates who always gave me advice. I was always around them because it was with them that I learned how to be a man and learned how to respect your adversary and to earn respect on the pitch.”
A Short Biography of Eusébio
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira (1942 - 2014) was a Portuguese striker, believed by many to have been one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was one of the first African-born soccer stars.
Eusébio was born in Lourenço Marques (now known as Maputo) in Mozambique, one of four children. At the time Mozambique was still a colony of Portugal. Eusébio's father, a white Angolan railroad worker, died when the boy was just 8 years old, and his mother raised the children on her own in extreme hardship.
Eusébio was happy as long as he could play football with his friends. They played locally in their neighbourhood, using a homemade football made of rolled up newspaper, and he often missed school to join in.
It wasn't long before Eusébio joined Sporting Lisbon, which had a feeder team in Lourenço Marques, and he played for them from 1957 to 1960. While there, aged 15, he was spotted and courted by Juventus, but Eusébio's mother refused to let him move to Italy. A few years later, Sporting's great Portuguese rival team Benfica decided they wanted Eusébio to join them, and this time his mother agreed. Eusébio moved to Portugal and began playing for Benfica in 1961. In 1962, at 20 years old, he was playing for Benfica's first team.
Eusébio soon earned the nicknames "Black Pearl", "The King", "Black Panther" or just "The Panther". He was extremely fast, elusive, and had a killer instinct too, with a fearsome right foot taking many powerful shots at goal! He played for Benfica for 15 years and during that time his team won 11 Championship titles and 5 Portuguese Cup trophies. Eusébio won the Ballon d'Or in 1965. Eusébio scored 473 goals in 440 competitive matches for Benfica! He retired at the age of 33.
Eusébio also played for the Portuguese national team and was the top scorer in the World Cup in 1966, in which Portugal reached the last four, scoring 9 goals in 6 matches.
Eusébio married Zenobia da Silva, also known as Flora, in 1965. They had two daughters, and later, two grandchildren.
When Eusébio died in 2014, aged 71, the Portuguese government declared a three-day mourning period. He was honoured by being buried in Portugal's National Pantheon, where only the country's most important citizens are buried. You can see a statue of Eusébio outside Benfica's Estádio da Luz.
Our Eusébio Resources
This useful little booklet is perfect for writing down some facts about Eusebio. We have similar printable booklets for other famous footballers including David Beckham, so you can build your own library if you wish!
Famous striker Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 matches during his professional career! We've got a fun picture of him for the kids to colour in...
Read our short biography of the legendary footballer Eusebio and then answer the questions. Try reading the biography together and then print just the third page for the children to answer the questions, or leave the children to read it themselves.
Our Eusebio factsheet teaches the kids some facts and background information about the famous footballer.
Can the kids imagine they are a talk show host and that they are interviewing the famous footballer Eusebio? Maybe they could ask him to give some expert advice on the beautiful game?
This creative writing exercise asks the children to write a newspaper report about famous footballer Eusebio - a great way to get the kids putting pen to paper!
Here's a useful notebooking page (with two variations) for footballing legend Eusebio - perfect for recording your research.
Eusebio is considered one of the best footballers of all time and was sometimes known as the 'Black Panther' for his athletic prowess and amazing finishing skills. Here's a poster of him to print and display.
Use our Eusebio story paper to write a match report for a game he played in (perhaps against England in the 1966 World Cup?), or perhaps for a creative story where you might be playing in a match with him!
Eusebio was a fantastic footballer, and also a great ambassador for his sport and country. This story paper features a photograph of this great footballer and is perfect for writing down research, facts and information about him.
Research the life and career of Eusebio, one of football's first African-born international superstars, then mark the important events in his life on our printable timesheet.
Footballer Eusebio was known for his incredible talent, and also for his great sportsmanship. This worksheet asks the children to answer a few questions about this great player, and asks if they would have liked to meet him too...
Use our Eusebio writing page to write down some facts about this football legend, or perhaps write a report of one of his famous matches?