Ex – Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella dies at 66

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

10th Dec, 2020. 11:26 am
Alejandro Sabella

Former Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella died at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer and heart problems.

According to the details, he was admitted to the hospital with dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.

Alejandro Sabella was hospitalized on November 26 in order to undergo emergency heart treatment, the day after Diego Maradona died at his Tigre home.

Born in Buenos Aires, he began his playing career with River Plate in his home country before moving to England in 1978 to play for Sheffield United.

Known as “Alex” while in England, Sabella then had a spell with another English side, Leeds United, before returning to South America and representing Estudiantes, Grêmio, Ferro Carril Oeste and Irapuato.

After Argentina’s early exit at the 2011 Copa America, Sabella was appointed as the manager of the Argentine national team.

After his appointment, Sabella named Lionel Messi as Argentina’s new captain.

He made his debut in charge of Argentina in a 1–0 victory against Venezuela at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Sabella coached Argentina to the final. The last time Argentina had advanced beyond the quarter-finals was when they made the final in 1990 where they lost 1–0 to West Germany.

Argentina never trailed during the whole tournament until the final. They won all three of their group games, where Lionel Messi scored all four of his goals against Bosnia and Herzegovina (2–1), Iran (1–0) and Nigeria (3–2).

On the eve of the final, Sabella stated that regardless of the result of the match, he would step down after a tenure that lasted almost three years. He officially resigned on 30 July 2014.

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