Persianfootball.com – RECIFE, The great Eusebio known as “black panther” is no longer with us, however what many football fans from Iran and Portugal don’t realize is that he played against Iran some 41 odd years ago and even scored the opening goal for Portugal.
It was at the 1972 Brazil Independence Tournament. Also Antonio Simoes the current Team Melli assistant coach to Carlos Queiroz was Eusebio’s team mate at the 1966 World Cup.
Tehran Times reports that Iran Football Federation, yesterday offered condolences over the death of Eusebio to his family, friends, Benfica and Portuguese football in general. Carlos Queiroz and his assistant Antonio Simoes also expressed their heartfelt sympathy to Eusebio’s family.
The Iranian football fans across the globe also offer condolences to Eusebio’s family and the world football community.
Here are the historic match details between Portugal and Iran as per teammelli.com’s match database, listing Team Melli’s players who had privilege to play on the same pitch as the great Eusebio:
Brazil Independence Tournament
14.06.1972 Santa Cruz Stadium, RECIFE; Attendance: 115000
Referee: Guilermo VELASQUEZ (Colombia)
Portugal – Iran 3:0 (2:0)
Goals: Eusebio (13), Dinis (31), Toni (72)
Iran: Nasser Hejazi – Majid Halvaei, Ebrahim Ashtiani, Akbar Kargarjam, Mostafa Arab(c) –
Ali Parvin, Parviz Ghelichkhani, Mohammad Sadeghi, Javad Ghorab (Mehdi Monajati, 50) – Hossein Kalani, Alireza Haj Ghasem (Gholam Hossein Mazloomi, 55).