Alejandro Sabella #16 Argentina National Team Match Issued Shirt for International Season 1983. (Official & Friendly Matches).
*Provenance: Former Argentina National Team Equipment Manager*
Alejandro Javier Sabella (5 November 1954 – 8 December 2020) was an Argentine football player and manager. Born in Buenos Aires, he began his playing career with River Plate in his home country before moving to England in 1978 to play for Sheffield United. Known as "Alex" while in England (an anglicised version of his real name), Sabella then had a spell with another English side, Leeds United, before returning to South America and representing Estudiantes, Grêmio, Ferro Carril Oeste and Irapuato.
After retiring from playing, Sabella became a coach and began a long association with fellow countryman and close friend Daniel Passarella, serving as his assistant manager during Passarella's spells managing Argentina, Italian club Parma, Uruguay, Mexican club Monterrey and Corinthians in Brazil. The duo finally returned to River Plate for whom they had both played before Sabella struck out on his own to become manager of Estudiantes in his own right, winning the Argentine Primera División Apertura championship and the 2009 Copa Libertadores. Sabella resigned from Estudiantes in February 2011 and was subsequently appointed as the coach of the Argentine national side, coaching them to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final against Germany, where they lost 1–0 in extra time. Sabella had scheduled his resignation to take effect after the conclusion of the World Cup.
Sabella died on 8 December 2020 due to an intra-hospital virus which caused him a heart disease. He was 66 years old.
Shirt details: Le Coq Sportif trademark. Size 4-5. Made in France. Le Coq Sportif logo stamped in felt/flock material. Argentina shield embroidery. Numbers stamped in felt/flock material. See photos for more details!