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Alex Sabella

Position Midfielder
Born 05 Nov 1954, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Height 172 cm
Weight 69 kg
International Caps Argentina: 4 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Sheffield United 01 Aug 1978 01 Jun 1980 76 8 £400000
Leeds United 01 Jun 1980 01 Jan 1982 27 2 £120000

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1980 - 1981 22(1)2 2  2  0  0 
Total 22(1)2 2  2  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

Alejandro Sabella joined Sheffield United from River Plate for £160,000 and proved to be a big hit with the fans. After two seasons at Bramall Lane, he was snapped up by Leeds, but, with the side struggling, there were not many outlets for his silky skills. Allan Clarke decided he could do without him, and he returned to Argentina to play for Estudiantes. It was a good move for the player, since it brought him to the attention of the national coach and he picked up 4 caps. He later spent a season with Gremio of Brazil before returning again to Argentina.

Duncan Ogan says: I saw Sabella play in Argentina, from 1975 to 1978. He had one of greatest stars, Norberto Alonso, in front of him, but every time he had a chance to play, he showed great talent. One day, the brazilian team Cruzeiro sent in a spy to see Alonso play. Since Alonso was injured, Sabella played for him and was the star of the game. The spy then said: If this is the sub, I cannot imagine how good Alonso is! (that was in Libertadores Cup 1976 against Independiente, a game I saw) Sabella is assistant coach for Passarella in Monterrey Mexico. We invited him to play the Legends of Soccer Cup 2003 and I sincerely hope he can make it. This Cup is played in Dallas and is an over 35 international tournament.

Frank Hearnshaw says: I saw Sabella when he played for Sheffield Utd,I am from Sheffield, he was a thoroughbred playing amongst donkeys at United at that time. He was a true class act, and supremely skilfull a crying shame his talent never reached its full potential.

Steve the Blade says: A true star. Too good for both Leeds & us (the Blades) if he had played for Liverpool or Man utd he would have been the best overseas player to play in England EVER!!

Hornsea Potter says: It was worth the admission just to see him. My one abiding moment at the Lane was seeing Bonds and Lampard run into each other by the corner flag at the Shoreham end after a piece of Sabells magic against West Ham.Frank is right in that Sabella was too good for remainder of the Blades.


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