Where are they now? Burns, Calichman, Eusebio statue, Friedel, Palhinha, Wynalda
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In this Soccer Notes column in Jan. 3, 1993 editions of The Boston Globe, there were plenty of subjects covered with Boston connections:
A statue dedicated to Eusebio, “the most famous athlete ever to compete for a Boston team,” was being unveiled by Medford’s Victor Batista and the Sports Museum of New England
Mike Burns was trialing at Blackburn Rovers
Dan Calichman signed with Sanfrecce Hiroshima ($300,000)
Brad Friedel transferred to Nottingham Forest ($450,000)
Sao Paulo FC (with Boston City FC coach/president Palhinha and future Revolution forward Caté) defeated Barcelona, 2-1, in the Intercontinental Cup (Palhinha scored a goal as Sao Paulo defeated Milan, 3-2, in the Dec. 12, 1993 final)
Eric Wynalda was third in Bundesliga scoring and had moved across the border to France “to escape attention.”
SOCCER / FRANK DELL’APA
The most famous athlete ever to compete for a Boston team? The answer, according to Dick Johnson of the Sports Museum of New England, is Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who was with the Boston Minutemen of the North American Soccer League in 1975. Eusebio, the Black Panther from Mozambique via Portugal, is among the all-time leading scorers in World Cup history.
There are plans to install a replica of a Eusebio statue that stands outside the Stadio da Luz in Lisbon at the Sports Museum’s new location in the Galleria Mall in Cambridge. The statue was conceived by Victor Batista, a Cambridge resident, who commissioned Boston sculptor Duker Bower to create it. Batista said he wanted to show his appreciation for the hope and inspiration that Eusebio and Benfica had provided to the working class during the repressive 1960s in Portugal.
Eusebio, now an assistant coach with Benfica, has been invited to the unveiling of the statue sometime this spring. Eusebio has confirmed that he will attend a Benfica celebration in Ludlow Jan. 31.
Cup plans taking shape
The local World Cup office is set to open at 1 Center Plaza. The World Cup ticket plan is scheduled to be announced later this month . . . Mike Burns of Marlborough had a relatively successful week-long tryout with the Blackburn Rovers last month . . . The German Federation recently canceled a visit to Foxboro Stadium because of indecision over US Cup dates. England manager Graham Taylor made the trip instead and expects to play the US June 9 at Foxborough, “unless they are trying to deceive me.” . . . In World Cup qualifying, Norway leads Group 2, which could mean that either England or Holland are headed for elimination. The Republic of Ireland has the edge on Denmark and Spain in Group 3. Belgium, with five successive wins in Group 4, appears set to qualify. Russia leads Group 5 ahead of Greece and Hungary, which now have renewed hopes with the banning of Yugoslavia. . . . Japan won the Asian Cup for the first time and seems worthy of qualifying for the World Cup finals for the first time. Williams College graduate Dan Calichman signed for about $300,000 with San Frecce of Hiroshima in Japan’s new Super League . . . The Brazilian game appears more disorganized than ever, yet the national team defeated Germany, 3-1, recently and Tele Santana coached Sao Paolo to a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the World Club Championship in Tokyo.
Dennis Bergkamp could be worth nearly $40 million in a transfer, according to officials at Ajax of Amsterdam. Barcelona, Milan and Real Madrid are interested . . . Former Ajax star Marco Van Basten will miss a month of the Italian season after undergoing ankle ligament surgery in St. Moritz. His club, Milan, remains unbeaten in 45 games . . . Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov, who finished second to Van Basten in European Golden Boot voting, has been sent off from three of Barcelona’s first 13 games in Spain . . . Deportivo La Coruna, led by the Brazilian midfielder Bebeto, is the surprise leader in Spain as the European leagues take their winter break . . . Auxerre, Monaco and Nantes shared the lead in France . . . Benfica, struggling in third place behind Porto and Sporting Lisbon, replaced manager Tomislav Ivic with Toni Oliveira . . . American Eric Wynalda, third in the German Bundesliga in scoring with eight goals, has become such a recognized figure that he recently moved from Saarbrucken to France to escape attention . . . Brad Friedel, who is expected to challenge Tony Meola for the US national team goalkeeping job, has signed with Nottingham Forest in England for $450,000. . . . Ernst Happel, who coached Holland to the 1978 World Cup championship game and won titles in four countries, died of cancer at age 66. Happel coached Austria to a 5-2 win over Israel in his final match . . . The Italian Serie A will stage an international All-Star match in Milan to benefit Somalia.