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Alejandro Sabella: There is more to Argentina than Los Cuatro Fantasticos

Alejandro Sabella: There is more to Argentina than Los Cuatro Fantasticos

Argentina are a major sports betting draw for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in that they exude some of the world’s best footballing talents, particularly Los Cuatro Fantasticos: Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Ángel di María, and Gonzalo Higuaín. However, the side’s merits are not entirely confined to the razor-sharp pitch acumen of these players as the squad also have an excellent top brass to mentor their every endeavor. Alejandro Sabella, La Albiceleste’s head coach, has more than enough experience and wisdom to match the top-of-the-line skills of the world-renowned players.

Although nicknamed as The Sloth, Sabella is a tremendously hard-working manager. He has deep passion toward football and pays immense attention to every meaningful detail that concerns the sport. He may not be in the caliber of Marcelo Bielsa—the mastermind behind Argentina’s gold medal victory in the 2004 Olympic Games—but he is definitely the best person to handle the national team following the less-than-spectacular performances of the three managers before him. Alfio Basile, Diego Maradona, and Sergio Batista were all impractically whiny of the “short time” they had to manage Argentina. They were lacking in initiative to make the most out of their limited time which distastefully complemented their apparent incompetence. Sabella is the needed break to this streak. He is dynamic, disciplined, and an effective manager not just of his players, but also of time.

Sabella, considered as the half of the duo with Daniel Passarella, was a crucial figure in the success of teams like Parma AC, Mexican Monterrey, Brazilian Corinthians, and the Uruguay national football team. In 2006, he and Passarella were credited to have caused Argentina’s strong finish (third place) in the Apertura tournament. However, the Buenos Aires native is most notable for his spell with Estudiantes de La Plata, where he won the 2009 Copa Libertadores. In August 2011, he was appointed as Argentina’s manager and marked his debut with a clean sheet victory against Venezuela 1-0.

Prior to becoming an esteemed manager, Sabella was a creative midfielder of Estudiantes. He also figured in River Plate, Sheffield United, and Leeds United.


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