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june 29, 2012 • 10:35 AM • last update 10:45 AM

Eusebio suffered stroke in Poland, in hospital

Former Portugal national soccer player Eusebio (R) watches a Portugal training session during the Euro 2012 at a training field in Opalenica June 15, 2012.
Foto: Bartosz Jankowski / Reuters
 

Former Portugal and Benfica great Eusebio suffered a stroke during his stay in Poland to watch Euro 2012 and will remain in a Lisbon hospital for an undetermined period of time, the hospital said on Friday.

Eusebio, 70, was admitted to Lisbon's Luz hospital after arriving on a medical flight on Wednesday.

"The tests conclude that on the 24th of June he had a cerebrovascular accident," Luz hospital clinical director Jose Roquette said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Eusebio is in a stable condition and has been moved out of intensive care.

"Eusebio is conscious, lucid and collaborates in all the medical care being done. His family is with him and his friends have been visiting," Roquette said.

"He will stay in hospital for an undetermined period of time and constantly under watch."

Eusebio, Portugal's football ambassador, has been admitted to hospital four times since December. He has been suffering from hypertension and his doctors have said he must have regular examinations.

Eusebio 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.

Nicknamed the 'black panther', Eusebio grabbed international headlines during the 1966 World Cup in England when Portugal finished third. He also helped his Portuguese club side Benfica reach four European Cup finals in the 1960s.

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