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Name: Helenio Herrera  
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Date of Birth: 17th April 1916
Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Profession: Actor
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Helenio Herrera, (born April 17, 1916 in Buenos Aires; died November 9, 1997 in Venice) was a football defender and after ending his playing carrer became one of the most influencial managers in the history of the game.

Playing carrer

While born in Argentina, Herrera emigrated with his parents still very young to Morocco where he adopted French citizenship, and in 1932 he earned his transfer from RC Casablanca to mainland France - CASG Paris. Before the World War II, Herrera (or H.H., as he was known) played in Stade Français, FCO Charlevile (where he was called for the national team twice) and Excelsior Roubaix. During the war, he played for five years more in Red Star Paris, Stade Français, EF Paris-Capitale and Puteaux, where he started his managing carrer in 1944 as a player-manager. He retired in 1945, and while his playing carrer was very short of notable, his managing carreer marked the early beginings of the UEFA competitions and ultimately, the tactical definitions of the game.

Managing carrer

After his first season in Puteaux, Herrera rejoined Stade Français for a third time, now as manager. After three seasons with no trophies collected, the president decided to sell the squad, and Herrera moved to Spain, where he spent the next 6 years in minor stints in Real Valladolid, Atlético Madrid, Malaga CF, Deportivo de La Coruña and Sevilla FC, before moving for a two year tenure with Lisbon side CF Os Belenenses. He returned to Spain, managing giants FC Barcelona, but several problems, such as disagreements between him and star player Ladislao Kubala forced him to leave the club in 1960. He emigrated to Italy, and signed for Internazionale, winning two European Champions Cup in his stay with the club, where he modified a 5-3-2 tactic knows as the Verrou (door bolt) to include larger flexibility for the counter attacks, and so the Catenaccio was born. During this time he was also coaching the Spanish team (between 1959 and 1962) and Italy (1966-67). In 1968 the moved to AS Roma (winning one cup), but returned for a one year stint with Inter for the 1973-74 season. While inactive between 1974 and 1978, Herrera returned briefly during the end of the decade, managing Rimini Calcio and finally ending his carreer in 1981 with a return to FC Barcelona.


He pioneered the use of psychological motivating skills, as well as a strict discipine code - once in Inter he suspended a player after telling the press "we came to play in Rome" instead of "we came to win in Rome". He was also one of the first managers to call the support of the "12th player" - the spectators. While indirectly, this led to the appearence of the first Ultras movements in the late 60s. While defensive in nature, his take on the Catenaccio was slighly different than that practiced by other italian teams and the original Verrou, as he often used the full backs (particullary Giacinto Facchetti) as wingbacks (defensively supported by the libero) to launch faster counter-attacks, a staple of italian tactics - yet, he never denied the heart of his team was on the defense. He was also the first manager to collect credit for his teams' performances; before, all teams were known for their individual players, such as Di Stefano's Real Madrid, after Herrera managers such as Johan Cruijff (FC Barcelona 1991/95), Fabio Capello (AC Milan 1991/96) or José Mourinho (FC Porto 2001/2004) were given most of the credit of a successful team.

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