Alejandro Sabella and Estudiantes, a relationship of unconditional love


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Alejandro Sabella and Estudiantes, a relationship of unconditional love

Alejandro Sabella emerged from the Lower River. But without a doubt his name was related to Students. There he was champion as a player, as a coach and also from his results in the Pincha he reached the National Team.

At the beginning of the seventies, Pachorra was part of the millionaire squad that, thanks to Cabruna, would return to glory. It was a classic 10, which was ahead of nothing less than a figure like Beto Alonso.

But whenever he played, he complied. Between 1978 and 1981 he played in England, until at the end of 1981 arrived at Estudiantes de La Plata. A club that was undoubtedly going to mark a break in his career.

The coach of that team was none other than Carlos Salvador Bilardo. That Estudiantes was going to establish itself as one of the best teams of the moment. Pachorra was part of a highly remembered midfield, along with Marcelo Trobbiani, José Daniel Ponce and Miguel Ángel Russo.

The Pincha would become champion of the 1982 Metropolitan, and then repeat in the 1983 National.

Later, once he decided to hang up his boots, he began his coaching career, being a field assistant to his friend Daniel Alberto Passarella. Until he was encouraged, after many years with the Kaiser, to make the jump as DT.

Of course, the chosen club was Estudiantes de La Plata. Arguably from his arrival the club from La Plata regained its lost glory. That mystique that he knew to have in the late sixties, when with Osvaldo Zubeldía el Pincha reached the top of America.

He took office in March 2009 and in a short time his team became champion of the Copa Libertadores de América, after the memorable conquests of 1968, 1969 and 1970..

That title gave León the ticket to reach the Club World Cup, where he was minutes away from eliminating Guardiola and Messi in the final, which at that time was experiencing a period of splendor.

In 2010, another recognition would arrive at the local level, when his team achieved the 2010 Apertura Tournament.

It gave the feeling that he still had a lot to give at the Pincha, but a wear and tear with the leadership and some players (the maximum reference of the team was Juan Sebastián Verón) caused his relationship with the club to end.

It could be said that it was a see you later. Then came the Selection stage, but the unconditional love for those colors, and the affection of the people of the Pincha, never cut.


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