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Giants of Portuguese football honoured at centenary of FPF

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By Euronews
Giants of Portuguese football honoured at centenary of FPF

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has made quite a mark on 2015 already.

The Ballon d’Or winner has been voted ‘Player of the Century’ by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) at a special ceremony marking the footballing body’s centenary.


Just over a year after his death, Eusébio was honoured with a platinum award, in recognition of his contribution to Portuguese football. The striker’s widow received the trophy on his behalf at the ceremony in Estoril.

José Mourinho

Chelsea coach José Mourinho was acknowledged for his achievements across Europe. He was named ‘Coach of the Century’ at the star-studded event.

Pedro Proença

Referee Pedro Proença was also honoured. UEFA’s refereeing chief, Pierluigi Collina, was on hand to award him the title of ‘Referee of the Century.’

Pierluigi Collina

The awards ceremony was tied to a three-day conference celebrating one hundred years of the FPF.

Pierluigi Collina used his position as guest speaker at the event to advocate the introduction of a white card ‘sin bin’ system in football.