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Ex-Argentina coach Sabella in intensive care

02 Dec 2020, 16:51 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Former Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella has been placed in intensive care as he battles heart problems and an unspecified virus, doctors said on Tuesday.

The 66-year-old was admitted to the ICBA clinic in Buenos Aires last week suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.

His condition worsened after he contracted a viral infection in the hospital, the details of which were not disclosed.

A medical report released by ICBA described Sabella as having a "reserved prognosis."

Sabella was head coach of Argentina from 2011 to 2014 and guided the Albiceleste to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, which they lost to Germany in extra-time.

He was also a skilful midfielder and earned eight Argentina caps in a playing career that included spells at River Plate, Sheffield United and Leeds United.

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