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Brazil ex-coach Carlos Alberto Silva dies

Sat, 21 Jan 2017

Rio de Janeiro: Former Brazil football coach Carlos Alberto Silva died on Friday aged 77, a colleague said.

Silva coached Brazil from 1987 to 1988, winning a title at the Pan American games in 1987.

He led Portuguese side FC Porto to two league titles in 1992-1993 and later briefly managed La Coruna in Spain.

He coached Brazilian sides such as Atletico Mineiro, Palmeiras and Cruzeiro, where he gave a young Ronaldo his first-team debut.

"He died early today in his home" in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, an employee of a travel agency run by the ex-coach told AFP.

The source gave no details on the cause of death. Brazilian media reported that Silva was recovering from a heart operation carried out late last year.

Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto hailed Silva as a "tireless worker" and a friend, in an online message of condolence.

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