URGENT: Diego Armando Maradona died at age 60 after suffering a decompensation at his home (Wednesday, November 25, 2020).
Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella, runner-up with the Albiceleste in Brazil 2014, was admitted and will undergo “an exhaustive checkup,” Sabella’s family informed Efe on Thursday. Sabella’s relatives told Efe that “the death of (Diego) Maradona affected him a lot” and that he was admitted for a “thorough check-up” because he is “a heart patient.”
The 66-year-old coach who won the 2009 Copa Libertadores and the 2010 Argentine League with Estudiantes de La Plata left the Argentine team in 2014 and has not coached since then.
In recent years he suffered from a type of cancer that was not specified.
“When I was fighting to see if I was still here with you or if I was going to the other side, I remembered what I said to my students, to my players: ‘You can’t give less than 100%.’ If I asked them, I had to fight to stay alive, “he said in 2018.
They estimate that he will remain admitted at least until this afternoon.
As a footballer, ‘Pachorra’ played for River Plate, Estudiantes de La Plata, the English Shffield United, the Brazilian Gremio and the Mexican Irapuato.
Before starting his career as a coach, he was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella in the Argentine team from 1994 to 1998 (he was in the 1998 World Cup in France), in the Uruguayan team and in the Parma, Monterrey, Corinthians and River Plate teams.