Eusébio's debut with the red sweater was on May 23rd, 1961, still in the reserves, against Atlético CP. Shortly after, on June 1st, he debuted in the first team, in a match for the Cup of Portugal, against Vitória de Setúbal. That same year he played his first match for the national team, on October 8th, against the team from Luxembourg.
Eusébio spent fifteen seasons with Benfica, between 1960/61 and 1974/75, where he played 614 matches and scored 638 goals, being the highest scorer in the club. He was a Portuguese international player for over a decade, playing 64 games and scoring 41 goals, and helped the national team achieve third place in the World Championship in 1966, being the top scorer of the championship.
He was a powerful player in the world of football of the '60s and one of the best in the history of this top sport. While playing for Benfica, he conquered eleven National Championships, five Cups of Portugal and one European Champion Clubs' Cup. As top scorer of the National Championship, he won seven Silver Balls, a record he still holds today.
For this issue, whose design was done by Helder Soares Atelier Design & etc., were released two stamps with a format of 30.6 mm x 40 mm and a souvenir sheet 125 x 95 mm. One of the stamps is for domestic mail, and another for mail within Europe. In the first, which is intended for domestic mail and has a print run of 200 000 copies, it is seen a player toss game Benfica - AC Milan in 1963, while the second stamp runs 200 000 copies and reproduces an image of Eusebius himself.