Former Brazil women’s coach Oswaldo Alvarez dead at 63

Former Brazil women’s soccer coach Oswaldo Alvarez has died Monday. He was 63.

Alvarez — known as Vadao — was reportedly receiving treatment for liver cancer, according to the Associated Press.

Alvarez coached the Brazilian women’s team at the last two World Cups. Both teams were eliminated during the round of 16. Alvarez was fired following the team’s loss to France in 2019.

The 63-year-old Alvarez spent two separate stints with the Brazilian women’s team. He initially took over the team in 2014. Alvarez coached the team until the 2016 Rio Olympics. Alvarez was replaced by Emily Lima after Brazil finished fourth at the Rio Olympics. Lima was fired in 2017, and Alvarez was brought in once again to lead the women’s team.

Marta, one of the most accomplished players in Brazilian soccer, paid tribute to Alvarez in a post on Instagram on Monday.

Marta said she was “so proud to have lived wonderful moments” by Alvarez side.

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