Alfredo Quintana, the goalkeeper of the Portuguese national team, 6th in Euro 2020 and 10th in the last world championship a month ago, died at only 32 years old this Friday February 26, following a cardio-respiratory arrest that occurred on Monday during training.
It was his club, FC Porto, with whom he was still competing in the Champions League this season in the PSG group, which announced the news.
“Alfredo Quintana passed away at noon today.
The loss as hard as it was unexpected of the man, even more than that of the athlete, leaves FC Porto in mourning, ”said the club after being informed by the Sao Joao hospital, where the player had been admitted after his accident.
A mensagem que nunca pensámos partilhar: o nosso querido Alfredo Quintana partiu hoje.
Serás para semper lembrado como um dos nossos.
Um verdadeiro Dragão.
Descansa em paz, Eterno Quintana!
🔵⚪ # FCPorto #FCPortoSports pic.twitter.com/3bEf1714gO
- FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 26, 2021
Nine stops against France at Euro 2020
This tall fellow (2.01 m), one of the most talented on the international scene, was not always Portuguese.
Alfredo Quintana was born in Cuba, in Havana.
It was with the country's baseball team that he played his first world championship in 2009, as the second goalkeeper behind the experienced Misael Iglesias, who had played in the early 2000s at … Villemomble (Seine-Saint-Denis).
Deeply saddened, the EHF joins in mourning of the passing of Alfredo Quintana.
The EHF sends its heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and teammates as well as @FCPorto and @AndebolPortugal at this sad time.
Rest in Peace, Alfredo.
- EHF Champions League (@ehfcl) February 26, 2021
Like others, he followed the course to Portugal and arrived in 2010 at FC Porto.
With the best club in the country, he won six championships, one cup and two Portuguese Super Cups.
Naturalized in 2014, he joined the Seleção, which will soon make itself known to everyone, along with Alexis Borges, the hub of Montpellier, also Cuban by birth.
We still remember the start of Euro 2020 in Trondheim, Norway.
The Blues of Didier Dinart then stumbled (25-28) on the Portuguese concrete defense and his devil of goalkeeper out of his box (9 saves).
The start of a long ordeal for the France team, which has regained its values and taken revenge at the last World Cup in Egypt.
Agora temos uma missão: contar a quem não viu as histórias, as defesas, os jogos eo privileio que faith ter 𝐀𝐥𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐨 𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐚 a defender a nossa baliza 🔵⚪ # FCPorto #FCPortoSports pic.twitter.com/G0u35i5c5C
- FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 26, 2021
"It was an octopus"
A Frenchman knew him well in the Portuguese league.
Coach of Sporting Portugal in 2019-2020, Thierry Anti expected the sad news: “I knew from my friends on the spot that he would unfortunately not come back, says the coach of Aix (Starligue).
It is a real drama.
He was a charming boy, handsome to watch, who could have played in the biggest clubs by his talent, without belittling his own.
“We knew his flexibility and his scale, he was an octopus.
He was much loved in his country.
I remember saying at a press conference that I also liked him a lot, adds Thierry Anti.
It was always astonishing for the Portuguese to hear the Sporting coach say good things about a Porto player!
Portugal have lost a great player.
Paris Saint-Germain is upset by the disappearance of Alfredo Quintana, goalkeeper of @FCPorto.
We share the pain of the whole handball family.
⁰ Our thoughts are with his loved ones and those who have known him in clubs or in selections
Rest in peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/6Q10jlHLKH
- PSG Handball (@psghand) February 26, 2021
Alfredo Quintana was also revealed this season in the Champions League with FC Porto, where he had crossed PSG twice.
Two matches hardly won by the champion of France and which had allowed him to relaunch in the competition.
The capital club, which sent a message of support before playing against Kielce on Tuesday, expressed its sadness on Twitter.