Helenio Herrera

Helenio Herrera Gavilán (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈlenjo eˈreɾa ɣaβiˈlan]; 10 April 1910 – 9 November 1997) was an Argentine, naturalized French, football player and manager. He is best remembered for his success with the Inter Milan team known as Grande Inter in the 1960s.

Helenio Herrera
Herrera with Inter Milan during the 1973–74 season
Personal information
Full name Helenio Herrera Gavilán
Date of birth (1910-04-10)10 April 1910
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 9 November 1997(1997-11-09) (aged 87)
Place of death Venice, Italy
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Roches Noires
1931–1932 Racing Casablanca
1932–1933 CASG Paris
1933–1935 Stade Français
1935–1937 Charleville
1937–1939 Excelsior Roubaix
1940–1942 Red Star Olympique
1942–1943 Stade Français
1943–1944 EF Paris-Capitale
1944–1945 Puteaux
Teams managed
1944–1945 Puteaux
1945–1948 Stade Français
1948–1949 Real Valladolid
1949–1952 Atlético Madrid
1952 Málaga
1953 Deportivo de La Coruña
1953–1957 Sevilla
1957–1958 Belenenses
1958–1960 Barcelona
1960–1962 Spain
1960–1968 Inter Milan
1966–1967 Italy
1968–1970 Roma
1973–1974 Inter Milan
1978–1979 Rimini
1979–1981 Barcelona
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

During his managerial career, Herrera won four La Liga titles in Spain (with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona) and three Serie A titles in Italy with Inter. He also guided Inter to European glory, winning two consecutive European Cups, among several other honours. He is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.[1]

Herrera was arguably the first manager to collect credit for his teams' performances,[2][3] in the process becoming a superstar in the world of football. Up to that time, managers were more marginal figures in a team. All teams throughout Europe were known for their headline-grabbing individual players, e.g. Di Stéfano's Real Madrid, whereas Inter during the 1960s is still referred to as Herrera's Inter.