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RIP Eusébio.

The Benfica and Portugal legend visited the Brandywell in 1989 for Derry City’s European Cup tie with the Lisbon giants.

Creggan footballer Hilary Carlyle mediates between Pele and Eusebio in the Las Vegas Quicksilvers v New York Cosmos match in Las Vegas, 1977. Back in 1960 Eusebio, was the victim of a Luxembourg giant slaying. Though he and several Benfica team mates would go on to break Real Madrid's dominance of European football in 1961 and 1962, they didn't take Portugal to Chile in 1962 after the Grand Duchy beat them 4-2 in 1960.
Creggan footballer Hilary Carlyle mediates between Pele and Eusebio in the Las Vegas Quicksilvers v New York Cosmos match in Las Vegas, 1977. Back in 1960 Eusebio, was the victim of a Luxembourg giant slaying. Though he and several Benfica team mates would go on to break Real Madrid's dominance of European football in 1961 and 1962, they didn't take Portugal to Chile in 1962 after the Grand Duchy beat them 4-2 in 1960.

Aldair, Thern, Valdo and company beat Derry City 1 - 2 that day although the Candystripes were robbed as Kevin Brady cleared Benfica’s second off the line.

The Lisbon Eagles went on to the final of that year’s European Cup but were beaten by an AC Milan side that included Baresi, Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten and Maldini.

As it happened Paul Carlyle scored for Derry at the Brandywell and by a strange twist of fate his elder brother Hilary had played alongside Eusébio for the Las Vegas Quicksilvers just over a decade earlier.

Hilary once had to prevent a bust up between Eusébio Pelé in a match against the New York Cosmos in 1977. The Mozambique-born star sadly passed away on Sunday. RIP.

 

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