Ex-Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella dies at 66
Alejandro Sabella, former coach of Argentina who leads the team to the 2014 World Cup final and Estudiantes de La Plata club, has passed away following a long illness. He was 66.
He was hospitalized on 26 November for undergoing emergency heart treatment, the day after Diego Maradona died at his Tigre resident.
The former coach initially responded well to the treatment after surgery, however, his condition worsened after he suffered an infection and remained in ICU for almost two weeks in a private clinic in Belgrano, Buenos Aires — reports goal.com.
Sabella’s condition worsened further on Tuesday and he was connected to a respirator after being unable to breathe, passing away at midday local time.
Paying deep tribute to the late coach on Tuesday, Argentina’s national team tweeted, “The AFA's Liga Profesional de Futbol family deeply regrets the passing of Alejandro Sabella, and is with all his loved ones at this sad time. Rest in Peace, Professor.”
Alejandro Sabella studied at the University of Buenos Aires’ Law School, however, chose to pursue his career as a footballer. He debuted with River Plate, where he made over 100 professional appearances in the 1970s and lifted three league titles.
He took over as Argentina’s coach in 2011 and led the team into the final in the 2014 World Cup.