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Challenges The Helenio Herrera Challenge

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The Helenio Herrera Challenge

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Credit to @danovic78 for coming up with this challenge.

Herrera was arguably the first manager to collect credit for his teams' performances, 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.

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. In January 2017, Herrera was named among the 10 greatest coaches since the foundation of UEFA in 1954.

Herrera joined Stade Français for as manager in 1945. After three seasons with no trophies collected, the club's president opted to sell the club. Herrera moved to Spain, where he spent the next six years with Real Valladolid, Atlético Madrid, where he won the championship in 1950 and 1951, CD Málaga, Deportivo de La Coruña and Sevilla, before entering a two-year tenure with Lisbon side Os Belenenses. Later returning to Spain, he managed giants Barcelona, where he won various titles, but several problems, including disagreements between him and star player Ladislao Kubala, forced him to leave the club in 1960.

He immediately emigrated to Italy and signed with Internazionale, winning two European Champions Cup in his stay with the club, where he modified a 5–3–2 tactic known as the Verrou (door bolt) to include larger flexibility for counter-attacks – and the Catenaccio was born. The side was later nicknamed Grande Inter, due to the club's successes under Herrera. During this time he was also coaching Spain (between 1959 and 1962) and Italy (1966–67). 

In 1968, Herrera moved to Roma, where he became the highest paid manager in the world, with a contract worth an estimated £150,000 per year. He won the Coppa Italia in his first season.

Can you follow in Herrera's footsteps?

Challenge Rules

1. Load up France, Italy and Spain Plus one other if desired.

2. You must take up a managerial post in France at a Ligue 1 club not in Europe.

3. You must then move to Spain and win at least 4 League Titles, 1 Spanish Super Cup and 2 Copa del Reys with two different sides. After this has been achieved you must move to Italy and win 3 Serie A titles, 2 Champions Leagues and 2 FIFA World Club Cups and 1 Coppa Italia with two different clubs.

4. Own formations only but you must play with 5 at the back (any combination 5-3-2, 3-2-3-2, 3-3-3-1 etc)

5. No unlockables, edited databases, or use of any of the editors

6. Evidence is required, I'd suggest posting a career thread for us to follow.

7. No cheating - Restarting to avoid injuries counts as cheating!!

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