Former Brazil women’s head coach Oswaldo Alvarez has died

Former Brazil head coach, Osvaldo Alvarez
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Former Brazil women’s head coach Oswaldo Alvarez has died in hospital, the 63-year-old having recently been treated for liver cancer.

Although Vadão, as he was known, bowed out of two Women’s World Cups in the last 16 – being sacked after the latter in 2019 – he did have some successes in his two spells in charge of Brazil.

He led them to two Copa America titles, also winning the 2015 Pan American Games and finishing fourth at the 2016 Olympics.

Team captain Marta wrote of Vadão on Instagram: “You knew how to live life in a way that was worth it. I am proud to have lived wonderful moments by your side and also to have the chance to learn so much.”

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