Fernando Riera Bauzá (27 June 1920 – 23 September 2010)[1] was a Chilean professional football player and manager, patriarch of Chilean football.[2]

Fernando Riera
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Riera as a player of Universidad Católica
Personal information
Full name Fernando Riera Bauzá
Date of birth (1920-06-27)27 June 1920
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Date of death 23 September 2010(2010-09-23) (aged 90)
Place of death Santiago, Chile
Playing position Forward / Left Wing
Youth career
Unión Española
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1938 Unión Española
1939–1950 Universidad Católica
1950–1952 Reims
1953 Vasco CCS
1953–1954 Rouen
National team
1942–1950 Chile
Teams managed
1954–1957 Belenenses
1958–1962 Chile
1962–1963 Benfica
1964–1965 Universidad Católica
1966 Nacional
1966–1968 Benfica
1968 Universidad Católica
1969–1970 Espanyol
1971–1972 Boca Juniors
1972–1973 Porto
1973 Deportivo La Coruña
1974 Marseille
1974–1975 Sporting CP
1975–1976 Monterrey
1977 Palestino
1977–1978 Monterrey
1978–1982 Universidad de Chile
1983–1984 Everton Viña
1985–1988 Universidad de Chile
1988–1989 Monterrey
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Fernando Riera in 1963

Riera was born in Santiago, Chile. As a footballer, he played for Chile in the 1942,[3] 1947[4] and 1949 Copa Américas.[5] He also played at the 1950 FIFA World Cup,[6] and managed them on home soil to a third place in the 1962 World Cup.[7] In 1962–63, Riera led Portuguese side Benfica to the Primeira Liga title.[8] He returned to the club in 1966 and led them to another champions title.[8] In the 1963 England v Rest of the World football match, Riera coached the FIFA World XI team;[9] it was the first FIFA XI team in the history of the game.[10] In Chile, he left a legacy with disciple coaches such as Arturo Salah and Manuel Pellegrini,[11] leaving a tradition and an identity for Chilean football.[12] Riera died in his home city, Santiago of an apparent heart attack.[13]




  1. ^ Fernando Riera muere a los 90 años producto de un infarto | Deportes. La Tercera (23 September 2010). Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ Descontexto: "Recuerdos de un patriarca del fútbol". Entrevista a Fernando Riera, de Luis Urrutia O'Nell (Chomsky). Descontexto.blogspot.com (27 February 2004). Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  3. ^ Copa América 1942 squads at rsssf
  4. ^ Copa América 1947 squads at rsssf
  5. ^ Copa América 1947 squads Archived 27 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine at rsssf
  6. ^ Fernando RieraFIFA competition record
  7. ^ Participating in the World Cup as player and coach at rsssf
  8. ^ a b [http://www.rsssf.com/players/chile-coach-abroad.html Chilean championship coaches abroad[ at rsssf
  9. ^ FIFA XI game log Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine at rsssf
  10. ^ Riera Y La Seleccion Resto Del Mundo. (old newspaper scan, in Spanish) Google.cl. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  11. ^ El hombre que cambió la vida a Pellegrini. MARCA.com (2 June 2009). Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  12. ^ El Mercurio.com – El períodico líder de noticias en Chile. Diario.elmercurio.com. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Extraordinary Pele crowns Santos in Lisbon". FIFA. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Game log at Historia de Boca (in Spanish)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  George Raynor (  England)
FIFA World Cup host country managers
Succeeded by
  Alf Ramsey