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Factbox: Egypt's new coach Hector Cuper

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Mar 2015
Hector Cuper
Hector Cuper (Photo: Reuters)
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Nationality: Argentinean
Date of birth: 16 November 1955

Managerial career:

1993 – 1995: Huracan (Arg)
1995 – 1997: Lanus (Arg)
1997 – 1999: Real Mallorca (Spa)
1999 – 2001: Valencia (Spa)
2001 – 2003: Inter (Ita)
2007: Real Betis (Spa)
2008: Parma (Ita)
2008 – 2009: Georgia national team
2009 – 2011: Aris Thessaloniki (Gre)
2011: Racing Santander (Spa)
2011 – 2013: Orduspor (Tur)
2013 – 2014: Al-Wasl (UAE)

Achievements:

Copa Conmebol in 1996 with Lanus
Spain Super Cup in 1998 with Real Mallorca
Spain Super Cup in 1999 with Valencia

Runners-up jinx

Cuper has a history of leading his teams to runners-up finishes.

He made a flying start to his managerial career, leading Huracan to second place in the Argentinean championship in 1994 after losing to Independiente, who were a single point ahead on top.

In 1998, in his first season with Mallorca, Cuper reached the final of the Copa Del Rey. After a 1-1 draw and the team finishing the game with nine men due to the dismissal of Mena and Romero, they lost on penalties to the mighty Barcelona 5-4.

In 1999 he led Mallorca to the final of the UEFA Cup, though eventually losing 2-1 to Lazio, courtesy of a late goal from Pavel Nedved.

Moving to Valencia, Cuper continued to oversee some fantastic football, leading them to the final of the UEFA Champions League twice in a row. However, they lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in 2000 and to Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 2001.

In 2003 he threw away the Scuedetto title as Inter Milan lost 4-2 to Lazio in the final game of the season, handing the title to fierce rivals Juventus.

And finally in 2010, Cuper led Aris to the final of the Greek Cup but his outfit were beaten 1-0 by Panathinaikos.

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