Former goalkeeper Miguel Calero dies at 41

Miguel Calero, the former Colombia goalkeeper who played for

more than a decade for with Mexican club Pachuca, has died of

complications following a stroke. He was 41.

Pachuca said in a statement that Calero died Tuesday in a Mexico

City hospital.

Calero had a stroke and was hospitalized a week ago in Mexico,

where he has lived since playing with Pachuca. Calero retired as a

Pachuca player in 2011 and moved to the bench as the goalkeeping

coach. As a player, he helped the club to four league titles and

the regional Copa Sudamericana.

Calero underwent surgery but was pronounced ”brain dead” on

Monday. Doctors said his condition was irreversible.

”Miguel Calero is at the center of a great era in the history

of Pachuca,” the club said in a statement.

Calero played 50 times for Colombia and was a member of its 1998

World Cup team, the last time Colombia qualified for the event.

Colombian President Juan Manual Santos said his country was

feeling the pain.

”It hurts every Colombian what happened to Miguel Calero,” the

president wrote on his Twitter account. ”Football is in