|Full name||Héctor Raúl Cúper|
|Date of birth||16 November 1955|
|Place of birth||Chabás, Argentina|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|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|
Born in Chabás, Santa Fe, 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 shoot-out.
On 22 June 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 5 May 2002 after 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 on 19 October 2003, 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.
On 16 July 2007, Cúper was revealed as the new manager of Real Betis. He started the 2007–08 season at the helm, 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, Cúper 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 2010–11 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.
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, but left by mutual consent on 13 April 2013.
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 Egypt through to the finals, which they went on to lose 2-1 to Cameroon. After that, the Egyptian Football Association released a statement fully backing Cuper and wishing him luck for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. He led Egypt to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament since 1990, after defeating Congo by 2-1. Cúper's 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. However, he was sacked after Uzbekistan suffered a shocking 0–2 away loss to Palestine in the opening World Cup 2022 run.
- As of 9 September 2019
|Huracán||1 July 1993||30 June 1995||63||21||19||23||33.33|
|Lanús||1 July 1995||30 June 1998||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|
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