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Thu Apr 24 18:42:11 SAST 2014

Eusebio taken to hospital in Poznan

Reuters | 24 June, 2012 11:150 Comments
Czech Republic v Portugal - Quarter Final: UEFA EURO 2012
Former Portugal internationals Eusebio (L) and Luis Figo speak ahead of the Euro 2012 quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland
Image by: Alex Grimm / Getty Images

Former Portugal and Benfica great Eusebio was taken to hospital on Saturday in the Polish city of Poznan where he has been watching matches at Euro 2012, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said in a statement.

“Portugal’s football ambassador Eusebio felt indisposed on Saturday when he was at the hotel with the national team in Opalenica,” the FPF said in a statement. “After a first observation and contacting his doctor in Lisbon, he went to a hospital in Poznan as a precaution where he is being examined”.

Eusebio, who turned 70 in January, has been admitted to hospital three times since December. He has been suffering from hypertension and his doctors have said he must have regular examinations.

He travelled with the national team to Poland and was in the stands for the quarter-final win over the Czech Republic, cheering alongside former Portugal captain Luis Figo. Portugal face Spain in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Nicknamed the ‘black panther’, Eusebio grabbed international headlines during the 1966 World Cup in England when Portugal finished third.

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