The coach of Romania’s women’s national under-19 football team after getting sick with the coronavirus, the Romanian Football Federation and his club said.
Florin Bugar, 49, died Thursday morning at a hospital in the southwestern city of Timisoara.
He was also coach of the Piroş Security Lioness team in Arad, western Romania.
He tested positive for the virus on Oct. 8 and his condition deteriorated in recent days. He was also diagnosed with encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, which is often caused by a viral infection, the Romanian Football Federation said in a statement.
During his career, Florin Bugar trained both national junior teams men and women at the CFR Timisoara and Piros Security Arad.
In recent days, he had been put on a mechanical ventilator at the Timisoara County Hospital, Aradon.ro reported. His condition got worse in the past three days.
Piroș Security club posted a message on 19 Oct, on his Facebook page saying “Let’s pray for … Florin Bugar who is having a hard time. Teacher, the team is with you, you are strong and we know that God can perform miracles and we’ll see you back on the pitch.”
On Thursday, the club announced his passing. “Tragic news for our team and for all women’s football. Unfortunately, at 1.30 am on Oct 22, Florin Bugar lost the most important match, the one with his life.”