Santana dies at 74

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Tele Santana, who coached Brazil at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups died of multiple organ failure on Friday. He was 74.

Sao Paulo:

Tele Santana, who coached Brazil at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups died of multiple organ failure on Friday. He was 74. Santana had been hospitalised since March 25 in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, about 500 km northeast of Sao Paulo. He was initially diagnosed with an abdominal infection, but later developed a lung infection and kidney and liver problems, Dr Jose Olinto Pimenta Figueiredo said in a statement. "He was great because he was commendable both on and off the field," current Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira told the Agencia Estado news service. "He left his mark and had a successful career". Santana's health progressively deteriorated since he suffered a stroke in 1996. He had been battling diabetes for several years, and part of his left leg was amputated because of the disease in 2003. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in a statement he received the news of Santana's death with great sorrow, adding Santana's legacy would remain alive for future generations. (AP)

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