Andre Villas-Boas was in the hospital after the accident in the desert

Former coach of “Zenit” crashed during the rally-RAID “Dakar” in Peru.

The legendary rally-RAID “Dakar” – is not just a race. This is a real test. Almost every year on the roads of South America, people are dying. Therefore, the former trainer Petersburg “Zenith” Andre Villas-Boas knew what I was going to Peru to participate in a two-week rally.

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Preparation time at the Portuguese football coach almost was not. Only recently it stopped working in the Chinese club “Shanghai SIPG”. Villas-Boas refused to renew the agreement with the team. The coach decided to make myself a little late birthday gift for the 40-year anniversary – the race of dreams – the “Dakar”.

A dream is a dream, but the Portuguese from the beginning went as he planned. A lover of two-wheelers wanted to overcome almost 10 thousand kilometers on his motorcycle. However, knowledgeable people dissuaded him from doing this in order to prepare for the overcoming of the “Dakar” on a mechanical horse needs at least a year. Instead of a motorcycle Andre sat behind the wheel of a Toyota and gave him the navigators experienced rider who even came in the top three at a recent rally-marathons, however, also on a motorcycle.

Is it any wonder that Villas-Boas, new to rally-raids, especially in the car, stayed in the race only three full stages. The fourth part of the way a football coach to finish and failed. His car, breaking the Peruvian desert, crashed into a dune and got damaged, is incompatible with the continuation of the race.

Andre Villas-Boas has had to abandon the Dakar Rally after he crashed into a dune.

He has been taken to the hospital.

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Tough on himself and Villas-Boas. In the accident he injured his back and was hospitalized.

“Andre was taken to hospital with a back injury. He was unlucky, because he showed such a good result in my debut race,” commented after the incident, Jean-Marc Fortin, Director of team Overdrive, which was made by the Portuguese.

Fortunately, the former coach of “Zenit” escaped with only small injuries and slight shock. Within a few hours, as he began to calm down their fans.

“I want to say that me and Reuben was all right. We returned to the bivouac. We jumped off the dunes and crashed into the sand. Unfortunately, the “Dakar” for us is complete. I hope we’ll have better luck next year. Thank you for your kind words of support”, – transfers words of the coach’s account of his racing team in social networks.

Hope to see you back soon @avbdakar ! Thanks for your professionalism #dakarrally

Publication of Overdriveracing (@overdrive_racing) Jan 9, 2018 at 5:27 PST

After three stages, Villas-Boas has occupied 43-e a place. On a high position he is unlikely to be claimed, but even such a result for a newbie can be called a great start.

source: “Soviet sport”