Humberto Coelho

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Jesus and the second or paternal family name is Coelho.
Humberto Coelho
Coelho 2012.JPG
Coelho in 2012
Personal information
Full name Humberto Manuel de Jesus Coelho
Date of birth (1950-04-20) 20 April 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Cedofeita, Portugal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1964–1966 Ramaldense
1966–1968 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1975 Benfica 188 (24)
1975–1977 Paris Saint-Germain 42 (7)
1977 Las Vegas Quicksilvers 22 (3)
1977–1984 Benfica 167 (32)
Total 419 (66)
National team
1968–1983 Portugal 64 (6)
Teams managed
1985–1986 Braga
1986 Salgueiros
1997–2000 Portugal
2000–2002 Morocco
2003–2004 South Korea
2005–2006 Al-Shabab
2008–2009 Tunisia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Humberto Manuel de Jesus Coelho (born 20 April 1950) is a retired Portuguese footballer and manager.

In a career mainly associated with Benfica, the central defender also competed professionally in France and the United States, during a 16-year career. He gained more than 60 caps for Portugal, being the player with the most appearances for several years.

Coelho worked as a manager since 1985, also being in charge of several national teams including his own.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Cedofeita, Porto, Coelho was regarded as one of the best stoppers in Portuguese football, imposing himself in Lisbon-based S.L. Benfica's first team at the age of 18 – four years later, he had already played in 101 Primeira Liga matches for the club. On 27 October 1968 he made his debut for Portugal, in a 3–0 win over Romania for the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifying stages; during the next 15 years, he would appear in a further 63 internationals, scoring six goals.

From 1975 and during two seasons, Coelho played abroad with Paris Saint-Germain FC, continuing to display the traditional offensive penchant in spite of his position as he netted six times, although the side could only finish in 14th position in Ligue 1.

Subsequently, he returned to Benfica, helping it to further leagues (three) and domestic cups (four). He last appeared for the national team at the age of 33, during the 0–5 defeat in the Soviet Union for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers. Portugal would qualify for the final stages in France, but he was severely injured during that period and retired shortly after, having appeared for his main club in 496 competitive matches – 355 in the league alone – and scoring 76 goals.[2]

Humberto Coelho: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition


1 10 May 1970 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Italy 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 29 March 1972 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Cyprus 1–0 4–0 1974 World Cup qualification
3 14 June 1972 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil  Iran 0–3 0–3 Brazilian Independence Cup
4 18 June 1972 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil  Chile 0–1 1–4 Brazilian Independence Cup
5 17 December 1980 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Israel 1–0 3–0 1982 World Cup qualification
6 17 December 1980 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Israel 3–0 3–0 1982 World Cup qualification

Managerial career[edit]

More than one decade after starting as a coach, with spells with S.C. Salgueiros and S.C. Braga, both in the top level, Coelho led Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2000,[1] but his contract was not renewed.

Late into that same year, he was appointed national coach of Morocco,[4] being released after the Atlas Lions failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.[5]

After a third spell with a national team, South Korea, which ended after roughly one year with the manager claiming he had not had enough time to form a competitive side,[6] Coelho joined another one in 2008, Tunisia, after a brief return to club action in Saudi Arabia.[7]

On 18 November 2009, Coelho was fired as national coach of Tunisia, following a 0–1 loss in Mozambique for the 2010 World Cup qualification, which ended the country's streak of three consecutive presences in the tournament.[8] Subsequently, he acted as a director in the Portuguese Football Federation.[9][10][11]








  1. ^ a b Euro 2000 profile; at BBC Sport
  2. ^ "Nº35 – Humberto Manuel de Jesus Coelho" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 26 December 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Humberto Coelho". European Football. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Coelho takes Moroccan reins; BBC Sport, 25 October 2000
  5. ^ Morocco coach Coelho released; BBC Sport, 27 May 2002
  6. ^ South Korea coach quits; BBC Sport, 19 April 2004
  7. ^ Humberto Coelho named coach of Tunisia; Reuters, 3 June 2008
  8. ^ Tunisia coach loses his job; BBC Sport, 18 November 2009
  9. ^ "FPF reúne com Nacional e Marítimo" [PFF meets with Nacional and Marítimo] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "A trasladação de Eusébio "é uma justa homenagem"" [Eusébio relocation "is a fair homage"] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Humberto Coelho e Paulo Oliveira confiantes na prestação de Portugal frente à Albânia" [Humberto Coelho and Paulo Oliveira confident in Portuguese performance against Albania] (in Portuguese). Diário Digital. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing: 52. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540. 

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