|Full name||Héctor Raúl Cúper|
|Date of birth||16 November 1955|
|Place of birth||Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1976–1977||Ferro Carril Oeste||5||(0)|
|1978–1988||Ferro Carril Oeste||424||(24)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He made his managerial breakthrough at Mallorca, reaching the Copa del Rey final in 1998 and the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup a year later, as well as a best-ever third-place finish. In two years at Valencia, he reached the UEFA Champions League final twice, earning a move to Italy's Internazionale in 2001.
Cúper also managed Betis and Racing Santander in La Liga, and Parma in Serie A. He later coached the national teams of Georgia, Egypt, Uzbekistan and DR Congo, taking the second of those countries to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final and a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Cúper's great-grandfather was an Englishman whose surname was Cooper, who migrated to Santa Fe Province in Argentina and married an indigenous woman. However, the majority of his heritage is Italian.
As with most aspiring footballers in Chábas in the 1960s, Cúper moved to Buenos Aires to pursue his career. He took leave from his job at a bank to search for a team in the capital city, eventually being signed by Ferro Carril Oeste. While at the club, he won the Argentine Primera División in 1982 and 1984.
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, but won the 1998 Supercopa de España against the same opponents. The following season the team reached the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost to Lazio at Villa Park. That season Mallorca also recorded their best-ever La Liga finish of 3rd, allowing the team to play in the UEFA Champions League.
In March 1999, Valencia manager Claudio Ranieri stated that he wanted Cúper to be his successor when he left at the end of the season; Cúper turned down a new contract at Mallorca and left in May. At Valencia, he lost the final of the Champions League two consecutive times; in 2000 against Real Madrid, and in 2001 against Bayern Munich on penalty shoot-out.
On 22 June 2001, Cúper was hired by Italian club Internazionale, replacing Marco Tardelli. In his first season, the club started the final day on 5 May 2002 in pole position for a first Scudetto since 1989, but lost to Lazio and handed the title to rivals Juventus.
In the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League, Cúper's team lost in the semi-finals to city rivals AC Milan on the away goals rule, despite both teams playing their home games at the San Siro. He was fired from the club on 19 October 2003, after six matches of the 2003–04 season, when the team was in 8th place.
Mallorca return, Betis, ParmaEdit
On 2 November 2004 Cúper returned to Mallorca after the sacking of Benito Floro, with the team 19th after 10 matches. He saved the team from relegation on the last day, and made several signings, but resigned on 14 February 2006 with the team last following a nine-game winless run.
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.
In August 2008, Cúper became the head coach of the Georgia national team. He agreed to step down in November 2009 before the expiration of his contract, having taken just three points and no wins in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.
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, he extended his contract with Aris until June 2011. On 24 April Cúper lost another final, this time in the Greek Football Cup against Panathinaikos.
In the 2010–11 season, Cúper lead Aris in its first participation in the Round of 32 of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, taking the club to second place in Group B with 10 points, after two surprise wins against Atlético Madrid. On 18 January 2011 after some bad results in Greece, Cúper decided to step down from his managerial position.
Return to internationalsEdit
On 2 March 2015, the Egyptian Football Association appointed Cúper as the new manager of their national football team. At the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, he led the team to the final, which they lost 2–1 to Cameroon.
He led Egypt to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament since 1990, after defeating Congo by 2–1. His contract was due to expire at the end of the tournament, and negotiations were postponed until its conclusion. Following defeats in Egypt's three group games at the tournament, it was announced that Cúper's contract would not be renewed.
On 1 August 2018, Cúper became head coach of the Uzbekistan national team, signing a contract that would take him through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He was sacked in September 2019 after a shock 2–0 loss away to Palestine in the first qualifying game for that tournament.
- As of 14 November 2021
|Huracán||1 July 1993||30 June 1995||63||21||19||23||33.33|
|Lanús||1 July 1995||30 June 1997||72||33||22||17||45.83|
|Mallorca||10 July 1997||31 May 1999||102||49||26||27||48.04|
|Valencia||1 July 1999||30 June 2001||120||59||32||29||49.17|
|Internazionale||22 June 2001||17 October 2003||110||57||31||22||51.82|
|Mallorca||2 November 2004||13 February 2006||54||13||14||27||24.07|
|Real Betis||14 July 2007||2 December 2007||14||2||5||7||14.29|||
|Parma||11 March 2008||12 May 2008||10||2||3||5||20.00|||
|Georgia||8 August 2008||15 October 2009||16||1||4||11||6.25|
|Aris||8 November 2009||18 January 2011||62||26||14||22||41.94|
|Racing Santander||1 July 2011||29 November 2011||13||1||6||6||7.69|||
|Orduspor||20 December 2011||13 April 2013||50||14||18||18||28.00|
|Al Wasl||12 November 2013||4 March 2014||16||4||3||9||25.00|
|Egypt||2 March 2015||26 June 2018||38||19||7||12||50.00|||
|Uzbekistan||1 August 2018||23 September 2019||17||7||4||6||41.18|
|DR Congo||13 May 2021||8||3||3||2||37.50|
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