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Hector Raul Cuper is a former football defender and the current manager of Aris Thessaloniki FC.
Cuper started playing professionally in 1976 for Ferro Carril Oeste, club for which he would play most of his career. In 1977 he played for Independiente Rivadavia, but returned to Ferro the next season. With Ferro he obtained the first division Nacional 1982 and Nacional 1984. He also played for the Argentina national football team, but didn't participate in the World Cup. In 1988 he transferred to Club Atletico Huracan, were he played until his retirement in 1992.
Cuper started his coaching career in Huracan, a year and a half after his retirement. After three years he moved to Club Atletico Lanus, and two years later he made the jump to Europe. In 1997 he was hired by RCD Mallorca, and in the very first season he drove the modest club to the final of the Copa del Rey, which he would lose against FC Barcelona. The following season the team reached the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup losing to S.S. Lazio. However, in the same season the team had its revenge against Barcelona, winning the Supercopa de Espana in 1998. That season RCD Mallorca also recorded their best historical position at the end of the league with a 3rd place, allowing the team to play in the UEFA Champions League.
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