Miguel Cardoso (football manager)

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Miguel Cardoso
Personal information
Full name José Miguel Azevedo Cardoso
Date of birth (1972-05-28) 28 May 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Trofa, Portugal
Club information
Current team
Celta (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1993–1994 Espinho (youth)
2003–2004 Porto (youth)
2007–2009 Académica (assistant)
2009–2011 Braga (assistant)
2011–2012 Sporting CP (assistant)
2012–2013 Deportivo La Coruña (assistant)
2013–2016 Shakhtar Donetsk U21
2016–2017 Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant)
2017–2018 Rio Ave
2018 Nantes
2018– Celta

José Miguel Azevedo Cardoso, (born 28 May 1972), known as Miguel Cardoso, is a Portuguese football manager, currently in charge of Spanish club RC Celta de Vigo.


Early career

Born in Trofa, Cardoso graduated in Physical Education and Sports with specialization in football in 1995 and concluded a Masters in Sports Science in 1998 in the College of Sports Science and Physical Education at the University of Porto.[1] He started his coaching career in 1993, taking over S.C. Espinho's under-12 squad.[2]

Cardoso joined FC Porto in 1996, initially as Fernando Freitas' assistant in the under-10 team.[3] He later progressed through the club's youth setup, becoming a fitness coach of the B-team in 1999,[4] and being appointed in charge of the under-15s in 2003.[5]

In April 2004, Cardoso moved to C.F. Os Belenenses and became the first team's fitness coach.[6] On 10 May 2006, he followed former Belenenses manager Carlos Carvalhal to S.C. Braga, with the same role.[7]

In September 2007, Cardoso was named Domingos Paciência's assistant at Associação Académica de Coimbra.[8] He continued to work as Paciência's second man at Braga, Sporting CP[9] and Deportivo de La Coruña.[10]

Shakhtar Donetsk

On 12 June 2013, Cardoso was presented at FC Shakhtar Donetsk, being appointed manager of the under-21 squad while also working as a coordinator for the club's youth setup.[11] Ahead of the 2016–17 season, he became Paulo Fonseca's assistant at the first team.

Cardoso left Spartak on 8 June 2017.[12]

Rio Ave

On 12 June 2017, Cardoso was appointed at the helm of Primeira Liga club Rio Ave F.C., replacing departing Luís Castro.[13] After achieving three wins and a draw against S.L. Benfica in his first four matches in charge, he was awarded the "Manager of the Month" for August.[14]

Cardoso led Rio Ave to a best-ever campaign in the top flight, finishing fifth (the club's best-ever position shared with the 1981–82 season under Félix Mourinho), winning 51 points (beating the 50 reached by Pedro Martins in 2015–16) and achieving qualification to the UEFA Europa League.[15]


On 13 June 2018, Cardoso was appointed as manager of French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes, replacing Claudio Ranieri.[16] He left the club on 2 October, after only obtaining six points in eight league matches.[17]


On 12 November 2018, Cardoso took over La Liga side RC Celta de Vigo, in the place of sacked Antonio Mohamed. In his time in charge of the Galician's he proved himself to be the Portuguese John Carver. [18]

Managerial statistics

As of 16 February 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Rio Ave Portugal 12 June 2017 13 June 2018 42 20 8 14 58 54 +4 047.62
Nantes France 13 June 2018 2 October 2018 8 1 3 4 8 13 −5 012.50
Celta Spain 12 November 2018 Present 13 3 1 9 14 25 −11 023.08
Career Total 63 24 12 27 80 92 −12 038.10


  1. ^ Nogueira, Carlos (26 August 2017). "Miguel Cardoso, o perfecionista preparado na elite do Dragão" [Miguel Cardoso, the prepared perfeccionist in the Dragon's elite]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Coach – U12 S.C. Espinho". Miguel Cardoso. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Assistant coach – U10 F.C. Porto". Miguel Cardoso. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Fitness coach – FC Porto B – 1999/2003". Miguel Cardoso. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Head coach – U15 F.C. Porto". Miguel Cardoso. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Rifa e Miguel Cardoso confirmados na equipa técnica" [Rifa and Miguel Cardoso confirmed in the technical staff] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 29 May 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Carlos Carvalhal é o novo treinador do Sporting de Braga" [Carlos Carvalhal is the new manager of Sporting de Braga] (in Portuguese). Público. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Domingos Paciência já treinou Académica" [Domingos Paciência already trained Académica] (in Portuguese). Público. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Adjuntos deverão sair com Domingos Paciência" [Assistants may leave with Domingos Paciência]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 13 February 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Miguel Cardoso adjunto de Domingos Paciência no "Depor"" [Miguel Cardoso assistant of Domingos Paciência at "Depor"] (in Portuguese). O Notícias da Trofa. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Miguel Cardoso treina equipa B do Shakhtar" [Miguel Cardoso trains B-team of Shakhtar] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Ucrânia: Miguel Cardoso deixa o Shakthar Donetsk" [Ukraine: Miguel Cardoso leaves Shakhtar Donetsk] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Welcome Miguel Cardoso". Rio Ave FC. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Vencedores dos Prémios mensais da Liga Portugal 2017–18" [Winners of the Monthly awards of the 2017–18 Liga Portual]. Liga Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Há recorde na Vila" [There are records at the Village] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Nantes hire coach Miguel Cardoso to replace Claudio Ranieri". ESPN. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Nantes confirma saída de Miguel Cardoso e anuncia novo treinador" [Nantes confirm departure of Miguel Cardoso and announce new manager] (in Portuguese). Record. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Miguel Cardoso, new RC Celta manager". Celta Vigo. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

External links

  • Official website (in Portuguese)
  • Miguel Cardoso manager profile at BDFutbol
  • Miguel Cardoso manager stats at TheFinalBall.com
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