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Eusebio leaves Polish hospital

Portugal legend Eusebio (left) has left a Polish hospital but remains in poor health.
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WARSAW, Poland (AP)

Portuguese great Eusebio left a Polish hospital on Wednesday and was due to fly home after recovering from a heart attack scare.

The 70-year-old Eusebio was admitted to a hospital in Poznan late Saturday in a ''serious condition.'' Tests excluded a heart attack but showed a general poor health.

Hospital spokesman Stanislaw Rusek told The Associated Press on Wednesday that doctors decided Eusebio could be discharged after he slept well overnight and woke up full of energy, ready to go home.

Rusek said doctors weighed their decision carefully, knowing that Eusebio is Portugal's ''national treasure.''

This is the fourth time since December that Eusebio has been admitted to hospital.

Eusebio was due to fly to Portugal aboard a plane provided by his insurer, Rusek said.

Eusebio played for nine clubs in a 22-year professional career but it was at Benfica where he forged his reputation as one of the game's greats, turning out for the club 614 times between 1960 and 1975 and scoring an astonishing 638 goals.

During his time at Benfica Eusebio won 11 Portuguese league titles, five Portuguese Cup crowns and the European Cup in 1962.

Despite being born in Mozambique, he was eligible to play only for Portugal as his homeland was a dependency of the European nation. He scored 41 goals in 64 international appearances between 1961 and 1973, and finished as the top scorer at the 1966 World Cup in England.

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