The coach Valdir Espinosa, club world champion dies

first_imgThe technician underwent surgery on his abdomen a few days ago and was re-admitted to the hospital on February 20, where he finally died on Thursday morning.He also paid tribute to Espinosa the Botafogo of Rio de Janeiro, which the commander guided in the conquest of the Carioca Championship title after 20 years of fasting and where he served as technical manager since December 2019.“It is with great pain and immense regret that Botafogo de Fútbol y Regatas communicates the death of Professor Valdir Espinosa,” said Botafogo.In homage to “that representative figure” and “his leadership, example and teachings”, the Rio de Janeiro club declared an official mourning of three days.As coach, Espinosa led teams such as Cerro Porteño of Paraguay, Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Japanese Tokyo Verdy and Las Vegas City of the United States.In Brazil, he commanded major clubs in the country, such as Flamengo de Rio de Janeiro, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, Palmeiras and Corinthians, in addition to the Botafogo and the Guild of Porto Alegre. Brazilian coach Valdir Espinosa, world champion of clubs and Libertadores with the Guild, died 72 years after being subjected to abdominal surgery, sports sources reported Thursday.“Today the day dawned sad, we say goodbye to our idol Valdir Espinosa. We will be eternally pleased to have led us to our greatest glories,” said the Guild in a message of tribute hung on their social networks.“May you continue to guide our Tricolor hearts from up there,” the formation completed.Born in Porto Alegre, regional capital of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Espinosa began his football career as a player of the Guild, which he would become a coach years later and win the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup in 1983.The tricolor club also considered Espinosa as “one of the greatest technicians in its history”.“Under Espinosa’s command, Gremio opened the doors of the continent and the world to Rio Grande do Sul,” the group said in a note of condolences.last_img

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