Egypt signs Argentine coach Hector Cuper

Hector Cuper of Argentina, as he gives instructions to his players during a Greek league soccer match. (File: AP)

Experienced Argentine Hector Cuper is to coach the Egyptian national team, the country’s Football Association said on Monday.

“The Egypt FA board announces after a meeting held by his president Gamal Allam appointing Argentinean Hector Cuper to coach our football national team,” the ruling body said on its website (

Local media reported that Cuper’s contract will be terminated if he fails to lead Egypt to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Egypt, without a coach since Shawki Gharib’s departure in November, have not qualified for the World Cup since 1990.

The 59-year-old Cuper coached Valencia from 1999 to 2001 and took a side with little pedigree in Europe to successive Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001.

The Argentine took charge of Inter Milan in 2001 and led them to the runners-up spot in Serie A in 2003 but Cuper was sacked the following season.

Cuper also had spells in charge of Mallorca, Real Betis, Parma, Racing Santander and the Georgia national team.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44