Humberto Coelho

Humberto Manuel de Jesus Coelho ( born April 20, 1950 in Cedofeita ) is a former Portuguese football player and current coach.

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Playing career


The defender Humberto Coelho began his professional career in 1968 as a 18 -year-old at Benfica. From then on he became one of the best central defender in Portugal. The young Coelho played at Benfica with the Portuguese football legend Eusébio in a team. After his first season he was able to celebrate the first Portuguese title. Another four league titles and three wins in the Taça de Portugal should follow, until he moved to France for only five years earlier, founded just club Paris SG 1975. In Paris he played until 1977. To a track it was not enough, however. The best result in this period was ninth for 1976 / 77th The year before, they played long against relegation. After a brief stint in the U.S. at the Las Vegas Quicksilver's where Coelho again met Eusébio and played with the German Axel Neumann, Franz Krauthausen, the defender soon moved back to the portugiersische home to Benfica, where he twice champion been. After the season 1983/84 the Portuguese Footballer of the Year 1974 announced end of his career.


In his first year as a pro, Coelho was also the first time nominated for the Portuguese national football team. There he was, on 27 October 1968 in a 3-0 win against Romania, his debut in the qualifier for the World Cup 1970. Until 1983, he should come to a total of 64 missions in the southwest Dress - Europeans. On April 27, 1983, he played most recently for the colors of his country. Because of a persistent injury, he ended his international career shortly thereafter.

Coaching career

Already in 1985 took over the head coach Coelho post at Sporting Braga. After a respectable ninth place in the league, he joined the following season for SC Salgueiros. After he was released there, it was a long silence around the former national player.

Coelho occurred in early June 2008, the successor to the dismissed Roger Lemerre in the Tunisian national team and was a three- year contract. After he failed to qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa, the football coach was fired. Coelho was then replaced by Faouzi Benzarti.

Successes as a player

  • Portuguese champions Benfica Lisbon: 1969,1971,1972,1973,1975,1981,1983,1984
  • Taça de Portugal with Benfica Lisbon: 1969,1970,1972,1980,1981,1983,1985


Success as a coach

  • East Asia Cup with South Korea: 2003