Portuguese salute deceased football star Eusebio
Thousands of Portuguese turn out to salute their deceased football hero Eusebio
Associated Press
2014-01-06 11:22 PM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Thousands of people have turned out to pay tribute to Portuguese football star Eusebio after his coffin was put on public display.

Dignitaries and fans, some weeping, filed past the coffin Monday at the Lisbon stadium of Benfica, Eusebio's longtime club.

Some 10,000 fans at the Stadium of Light cheered and sang when the coffin was placed in the center of the pitch before the funeral cortege proceeded through the city center.

The government decreed three days of national mourning after Eusebio's death Sunday from heart failure. He was widely regarded as one of the best football players of all time for his performances in the 1960s with Benfica and Portugal.

Eusebio was to be buried in a cemetery near the stadium.

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