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Humberto Coelho : biography

20 April 1950 -

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

Playing in the libero position, he was regarded as one of the greatest of his era and called "the portuguese Beckenbauer" by coaches like Lajos Baróti and Milorad Pavic for his outstanding performances and skills.

In a career mainly associated with Benfica, the central defender held the record of appearances for the Portuguese national team for several years; in the following decades, he worked as a coach, mainly with national teams, including his own.; at BBC Sport

Coelho gained more than 60 caps for Portugal, but did not attend any major international tournament.

Managerial career

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

Late into that same year, he was appointed national coach of Morocco,; BBC Sport, 25 October 2000 being released after the Atlas Lions failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.; BBC Sport, 27 May 2002

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,; BBC Sport, 19 April 2004 Coelho joined another one in 2008, Tunisia, after a brief return to club action in Saudi Arabia.; Reuters, 3 June 2008

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.; BBC Sport, 18 November 2009 Subsequently, he acted as a director in the Portuguese Football Federation.



  • Portuguese League: 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84
  • Portuguese Cup: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85; Runner-up 1970–71, 1973–74, 1974–75
  • Portuguese Supercup: 1980; Runner-up 1981, 1983


  • Brazilian Independence Cup: Runner-up 1972


  • Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 1974

Playing career

Born in Cedofeita, Porto, Coelho was regarded as one of the best stoppers in Portuguese football, imposing himself in Lisbon-based Sport Lisboa e Benfica's first team at the age of 18 – not yet 22, he had already played in more than 100 first division matches for the Reds.

On 27 October 1968, aged 18, Coelho 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 gain a further 63 international caps, scoring six times.

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 goals, although the club could only finish in 14th position in Ligue 1.

Subsequently, Coelho 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 would retire shortly after, having appeared for Benfica in nearly 500 official matches – 360 in the league alone – scoring 50 goals.

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