Former DPMM FC coach Weber passes away

Fadhil Yunus

Former DPMM FC head coach Rene Weber passed away at the age of 59 due to COVID-19 complications on Wednesday.

Weber was admitted to the ICU of the Sao Lucas Hospital in Copacabana in the south of Rio de Janeiro on November 28, according to Brazilian news agency Agencia Brasil.

The Brazilian guided the Gegar Gegar men to a third place finish in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) in the 2018 season.

He also led the Brunei-based outfit to their first ever appearance in the Singapore Cup final in the same season, where they fell to a 4-1 defeat against Albirex Niigata (S).

DPMM FC said in a statement, “The players, management and everyone connected to the club are deeply saddened to hear the passing of our former head coach Rene Weber. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to his family at this difficult time.”

Brazilian club Botafogo also paid tribute to their former assistant coach. He played a pivotal role in guiding the Rio de Janeiro-based club to the Brazilian league title in 1995, finishing the season a point ahead of giants Santos.

Former DPMM FC head coach Rene Weber. PHOTO: DIARIO DO MINHO

The club wrote on Twitter, “Botafogo regrets the death of Rene Weber, a former club assistant this season and Brazilian champion in 1995.”

It added, “A high-level professional, Rene was loved by everyone; he cared for excellence in work and maintaining a good environment.”

As a player, Weber won the Brazilian league with Fluminense in 1984 and was also a three-time state champion in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He also played for Internacional and America.

The former midfielder scored 15 goals and made 143 appearances during his time with the Tricolour.

Weber famously faced football icon Diego Maradona, who passed away last month, when his Fluminense side met Barcelona in a friendly match at the Giants Stadium in 1984.

He moved to Portugal in the summer of 1987 to join Vitoria de Guimaraes where he won the 1988 Super Cup after a 2-0 victory over FC Porto.

After hanging up his boots, Weber was appointed a coach of the Brazilian under-20 national team and technical coordinator of Sao Paolo.

Weber most recently served as an assistant coach for Botafogo as part of a coaching team led by head coach Paulo Autuori.