Héctor Cúper

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Héctor Cúper
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Cúper in 2008 as Parma manager
Personal information
Full name Héctor Raúl Cúper
Date of birth (1955-11-16) 16 November 1955 (age 58)
Place of birth Chabás, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Ferro Carril Oeste 5 (0)
1977–1978 Independiente Rivadavia 6 (2)
1978–1988 Ferro Carril Oeste 424 (24)
1988–1992 Huracán 132 (8)
Total 567 (34)
National team
1984 Argentina 3 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Huracán
1995–1997 Lanús
1997–1999 Mallorca
1999–2001 Valencia
2001–2003 Internazionale
2004–2006 Mallorca
2007 Real Betis
2008 Parma
2008–2009 Georgia
2009–2011 Aris Thessaloniki
2011 Racing Santander
2011–2013 Orduspor
2013–2014 Al Wasl
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Héctor Raúl Cúper (born 16 November 1955 in Chabás,[1] Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentinean former football defender, now manager, who last managed Al Wasl in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.

Career[edit]

Coach[edit]

Cúper started his coaching career with Huracán, a year and a half after his retirement. After three years he moved to Lanús, and two years later he made the jump to Europe. In 1997 he was hired by Mallorca, and in the very first season he drove the modest club to the final of the Copa del Rey, which he would lose against Barcelona. The following season the team reached the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost to Lazio. However, in the same season the team had its revenge against Barcelona, winning the 1998 Supercopa de España. That season Mallorca also recorded their best historical position at the end of the league with a 3rd place, allowing the team to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Cúper moved to Valencia in 1999, where he maintained his bad luck in finals, losing the final of the Champions League two consecutive times; in 2000 against Real Madrid, and in 2001 against Bayern Munich on penalty shootout.

In 2001, Cúper was hired by Italian club Internazionale, where he reached the third and second place of the championship in successive seasons. In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League, his team lost in the semi-finals to city rivals AC Milan on away goals. Inter under his command infamously lost what could have been the club's first scudetto since 1989 on the 5th of May 2002 ater losing 4–2 against Lazio and handed the scudetto over to fierce rivals Juventus on the last day of the league season. He was fired from the club after six matches of the 2003–04 season, when the team was in 8th place in Serie A.

After a year off, due to a contractual argument with Inter, Cúper managed Mallorca again during the 2004–05 season, when the team was already in a relegation position after 10 matches, saving the team from relegation in the last match of the season. Suffering bad results in spite of his many signings, Cúper decided to leave the team in February 2006, with the team at the bottom of the league.

He started the 2007–08 season at the helm of Real Betis, but was sacked on 2 December 2007 following his side's loss against Atlético Madrid. On 11 March 2008 he was unveiled as the new boss of relegation-battling Serie A team Parma, replacing Domenico Di Carlo at the helm of the gialloblù. He was then sacked two months later before the final game of the season after winning only two in 10 matches as manager, this eventually leading to Parma's relegation to Serie B.

On 1 August 2008, Cúper became the head coach of the Georgia national team. But due to his failure to win a single match as Georgia's head coach, he didn't prolong the contract when it expired in December 2009.

On 3 November 2009, Cúper agreed to continue his managerial career with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki until the end of the 2009–10 season. On 15 December 2009, Cuper extended his contract with Aris until June 2011. On 24 April Cúper lost another final, this time in the Greek Football Cup against Panathinaikos, continuing his negative streak in finals.

In the 2010–2011 season, Cúper lead Aris in its first participation in the Round of 32 of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, taking the 2nd place in Group B with 10 points, after two surprise wins against Atlético Madrid. On 18 January 2011 after some bad results in Greece, Héctor decided to step down from his managerial position.

On 29 June 2011 Cúper moved to Racing Santander signing for one season. However, after five months he resigned from his position due to the poor performance of the team, which was placed at the bottom in La Liga. He signed a contract with Süper Lig side Orduspor on 19 December 2011,[2] but left by mutual consent on 13 April 2013.[3]

On 14 November 2013, Cúper was announced as new head coach of the UAE League side Al Wasl.[4]

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cúper, Héctor". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hector Cuper to take over Orduspor". Goal.com. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Hector Cuper ends journey with Turkey’s Orduspor". Hürriyet. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Al Wasl introduce new head coach Hector Cuper". UAE Pro League Committee. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 

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