Oulermo “The teacher” Perio, Who died last Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 54, is remembered as a former Colombian soccer player and coach, with a wide professional career and a symbol of Atletico Huila.
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Born in Amagá (Antioquia), Berrío went to Cali at a young age with his family and there he started his football career, as a player in the secondary divisions of América de Cali, a club that began his career as a professional footballer in 1986.
He had a great time in Tournament B: earned four promotions as a player: with Envigado, in 1991; Atletico Huila, in 1992; Deportivo Pereira in 2000 and Deportes Quindio in 2001.
In First Division he also played with him Cucuta Deportivo, Atletico Bucaramanga and Deportes TolimaIn addition to two years spent in Peruvian football, in Union Minas and Juan Uric, and in Venezuela, since he was on loan to Deportivo Tachira for six months, before returning to Deportivo Tolima.
He is Huila’s highest goalscorer in the first division, with 48 goals. In fact, Obita was among the first to express a message of condolence on the death of the footballer, whom it considers an icon of the institution.
The President, members of the Board of Directors, administrative staff and athletes of Club Deportivo Atlético Huila deeply regret the death of Guillermo ‘Teacher’ Berrío, symbolic player of our foundation, leader of promotion in 1992 … pic.twitter.com/26Vp3WtjAn
– Atlético Huila (AtleticoHuilaof) April 12, 2021
After retiring as a player, Berrío became a coach of the secondary divisions of Atlético Huila and was also the technical assistant to Néstor Otero in the main team.
In 2008, he had the possibility to direct in the last 5 dates of the final tournament, temporarily.
In the middle of the 2009 editorials he took over the leadership of the club again, before the departure of Miguel Augusto Prince. Then he was certified to the position.
He held the position until April 6, 2011 when he was suspended for 3 months before Demayor After assaulting the referee.
Additionally, he was a technician at Independent Medellin Between 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he took a position at Alianza Petrolera. His last coaching experience was at Deportivo Pasto, which he managed in 2015.
The title of teacher was given by a colleague from the building in which he lived in Cali. “In the Doce de Octubre field where players like El Palomo (Usuriaga), Mánimal Cortés and Niche Guerrero appeared, we had a partner we call the madman, who knows a lot about football. In front of us we had a kind of manga (arena) that we adapted to play. Guadua bow soccer. He was standing there, watching me play and telling me, “This guy is a teacher with this ball, that’s why I’ll call you El Teacher,” Berrío said at the time, “Code Soccer”.
Berrío died of a heart attack while playing a soccer match with his friends celebrating his 54th birthday.