• Short Summary

    BENFICA -- THE PRIDE OF PORTUGESE SOCCER -- ARE NOT LIKELY TO EVER GO BANKRUPT.?

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    BENFICA -- THE PRIDE OF PORTUGESE SOCCER -- ARE NOT LIKELY TO EVER GO BANKRUPT. IF, HOWEVER, THEY'RE EVER SHORT OF AN ESCUDO OR TWO, THE CLUB COULD ALWAYS PAWN OR SELL A FEW OF THE 7,000 SILVER CUPS IT HA IN ITS TROPHY ROOM.

    BENFICA OWES MUCH OF ITS RECENT SUCCESS TO THE WORLD CUP STAR, EUSEBIO,THEIR GREAT INSIDE-FORWARD. EUSEBIO MAYA COST BENFICA A LOT OF MONEY BUT HE'S HELPED THE TEAM REACH THE TOP IN EUROPEAN AND EVEN WORLD SOCCER.

    BUT EARLY THIS MONTH TRAGEDY STRUCK THE CLUB. CENTRE-HALF LUCIANO FERNANDES, AGED 26, WAS KILLED BY AN ELECTRIC SHOCK FROM AN UNDERWATER MASSAGE APPARATUS WHILE SWIMMING IN BENFICA'S BATHS. SIX OTHER PLAYERS, INCLUDING EUSEBIO, GOT AN ELECTRIC SHOCK.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE QUEUED TO WALK PAST THE FOOTBALLER'S BODY, LYING IN STATE IN BENFICA'S HEADQUARTERS COVERED IN A CLUB FLAG.

    NOT ALL OF THE 7,00 TROPHIES, THOUGH, HAVE COME FROM FOOTBALL. BENFICA HAS 51,000 MEMBERS AND TAKES PART IN 45 OTHER SPORTS. AND THE CUPS MEAN TWO EXTRA MEN ON BENFICA'S WAGE BILL -- THEIR FULL-TIME JOB IS POLISHING THE SILVER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEQON01NP0E0LMELL7SEIRK5B9
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQON01NP0E0LMELL7SEIRK5B9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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