Andre Villas-Boas Taken To Hospital After Crash During Dakar Rally


Villas-Boas sustained a back injury in the crash and was immediately hospitalized, but later confirmed that nobody was seriously hurt in the accident.

Andre Villas-Boas' Dakar Rally debut ended in the fourth stage after the former Chelsea and Tottenham manager was taken to hospital following a crash.

The Portuguese coach said in a post on Instagram: "Just to tell everyone that both me and (copilot) Ruben (Faria) are safe and well and back in the bivouac".

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Villas-Boas crashed on a sand dune while racing through a desert in Peru, then two hours, 18min and 50sec behind leader and WRC legend Sebastien Loeb.

He teamed up with fellow Portugal native Faria, who finished second in the motorcycle category at the 2013 Dakar Rally, to represent Toyota Hilux at this year's edition of the competition. Better luck next time!

Villas-Boas, 40, taking part in his first ever rally, had made a hard debut in the sports most demanding race, and was 2hr 18min 50sec behind the leader after the third stage.

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He said as reported in Marca: "To finish the Dakar would be like winning a football trophy".

Portugese coach Villas-Boas had quit as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG at the end of November in order to take part in the 15-day motorsport endurance event with Team Overdrive. Unfortunately, Villas-Boas was dismissed after less than a season in charge.

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