Pedro Caixinha

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Pedro Caixinha
Personal information
Full name Pedro Miguel Faria Caixinha
Date of birth (1970-11-15) 15 November 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Beja, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul (coach)
Youth career
1984–1985 Zona Azul
1985–1986 Desportivo Beja
1986–1987 Zona Azul
1987–1988 Ferreirense
1988–1989 Portimonense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Desportivo Beja
1991–1992 Penedo Gordo
1992–1993 Serpa
1996–1997 Favaios
1998–1999 Ourique
Teams managed
1999–2003 Desportivo Beja (youth)
2003–2004 Vasco Gama Vidigueira
2004–2006 Sporting CP (assistant)
2006–2007 Al-Hilal (assistant)
2007–2008 Panathinaikos (assistant)
2008–2009 Rapid București (assistant)
2009–2010 Saudi Arabia (assistant)
2010–2011 União Leiria
2011–2012 Nacional
2013–2015 Santos Laguna
2015–2017 Al-Gharafa
2017 Rangers
2018– Cruz Azul
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pedro Miguel Faria Caixinha (Portuguese: [ˈpeðɾu kɐjˈʃiɲɐ]; born 15 November 1970) is a Portuguese football manager, currently in charge of Mexican club Cruz Azul.

He started coaching in his late twenties, acting an assistant with Sporting, Al-Hilal, Panathinaikos, Rapid București and the Saudi Arabia national team. In 2010 he became a full-time manager, going on to work with a host of clubs in several countries, including Santos Laguna, Al-Gharafa and Rangers.

Football career


After an unassuming career as a player, Beja-born Caixinha started managing at the age of 28, his first appointment being with his last club, hometown's C.D. Beja, where he was in charge of his youth sides for four years. In 2003, he moved to the seniors with amateurs Clube de Futebol Vasco da Gama in neighbouring Vidigueira.

After that sole season, Caixinha started a professional relationship with José Peseiro that would last until the end of the decade, with the former acting as assistant to the latter in several clubs – mainly Sporting Clube de Portugal – and the Saudi Arabia national team.[1] In the 2010–11 season he returned to head coaching duties and made his Primeira Liga debut, leading U.D. Leiria to the tenth position.

Caixinha resigned after only three games into the following campaign, amidst rumours of several months due in wages to both him and the players.[2][3] He quickly signed for fellow league team C.D. Nacional,[4] helping the Madeirans rank seventh after winning ten of his 21 games in charge.

On 11 October 2012, Caixinha resigned after only picking up five points from six league games, which left the club placed second from the bottom in the league.[5]

Santos Laguna

Late into October 2012, Caixinha accepted an offer from Mexico's Santos Laguna.[6] In his first national tournament, he qualified the team for the Clausura Liguilla in the Liga MX[7] and also reached the final of the region's most important club competition, the CONCACAF Champions League.[8][9]

Caixinha left on 15 August 2015, after winning three major titles.[10][11]


On 11 March 2017, Caixinha joined Scottish Premiership club Rangers on a three-year deal,[12] becoming its 17th permanent manager in the process. Caretaker Graeme Murty took control of an Old Firm game played the following day, with Caixinha starting his work on 13 March.[13] His debut came five days later, in a 4–0 home win against Hamilton Academical.[14]

On 29 April 2017, Caixinha oversaw a record home defeat for the club against Celtic, by a 1–5 scoreline.[15] On 17 May they lost to Aberdeen at Ibrox for the first time in 26 years,[16] eventually finishing in third place 39 points behind champions Celtic.[17][18]

To kickstart 2017–18, Caixinha oversaw Rangers in the club's first European campaign since 2012, as they entered the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League and faced Luxembourg's FC Progrès Niederkorn, winning 1–0 at home but losing 2–0 away in the reverse fixture against a team that had previously never won a match, and scored only one goal, in European competition.[19] Later that season, he led the side past both Dunfermline Athletic and Partick Thistle in the knockout stages of the Scottish League Cup, before succumbing to a 2–0 defeat at Hampden to Motherwell in the semi-final; the game saw both him and opposing manager Stephen Robinson sent to the stands for their behaviour on the touchline.[20]

On 26 October 2017, after a 1–1 home draw with last-placed Kilmarnock, Caixinha was sacked by Rangers after only 229 days in charge, becoming the shortest serving manager in the history of the club. His reign was described as "a desperate mess from start to finish", by BBC Scotland's Tom English.[21]

Cruz Azul

On 5 December 2017, Cruz Azul announced the appointment of Caixinha for the upcoming Clausura tournament.[22]



Santos Laguna
Cruz Azul

Managerial statistics

As of match played 4 August 2018[23][24]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
União de Leiria 10 July 2010[25] 7 September 2011[26] 36 9 9 18 025.00
Nacional 31 October 2011[27] 11 October 2012[5] 35 15 8 12 042.86
Santos Laguna 20 November 2012[28] 15 August 2015[29] 121 54 36 31 044.63
Al-Gharafa 30 December 2015[30] 9 March 2017[31] 39 17 8 14 043.59
Rangers 13 March 2017[12] 26 October 2017 27 14 5 8 051.85
Cruz Azul 5 December 2017 Present 40 18 12 10 045.00
Total 280 116 74 90 041.43


  1. ^ Waddell, Gordon (9 January 2011). "Jose Mourinho told me to come to Scotland if I wanted to be a better boss, says Pedro Caixinha". Daily Record. Glasgow. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Uniao de Leiria swap coaches... again". PortuGOAL. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  3. ^ "João Bartolomeu: "Se não conseguirmos pagar aos jogadores, paciência"" [João Bartolomeu: "If we can't pay the players, tough luck"] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 9 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Rui Alves: "Primeiro temos de recuperar os jogadores"" [Rui Alves: «First we need to recover the players»]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 October 2011. Archived from the original on 29 October 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Pedro Caixinha sai e Machado deve voltar" [Pedro Caixinha leaves and Machado most likely to return]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Pedro Caixinha vai treinar o campeão Santos Laguna" [Pedro Caixinha is going to coach champion Santos Laguna]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 28 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Pedro Caixinha apurado para a fase final da Liga no Mexico" [Pedro Caixinha qualified for playoffs in Mexican League]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Pedro Caixinha na final da Champions da CONCACAF" [Pedro Caixinha in the CONCACAF Champions final]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Monterrey 4–2 Santos Laguna: Rayados jugará su tercer Mundial de Clubes" [Monterrey 4–2 Santos Laguna: Rayados will play its third Club World Cup] (in Spanish). Goal. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Renuncia Pedro Caixinha" [Pedro Caixinha resigns] (in Spanish). Jefes. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Caixinha deja un Santos Laguna distinto" [Caixinha leaves a different Santos Laguna]. El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 17 August 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Caixinha confirmed as manager". Rangers F.C. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Celtic 1–1 Rangers: Caretaker Graeme Murty thinks players answered their critics". BBC Sport. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Rangers 4–0 Hamilton Academical". BBC Sport. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Rangers 4–0 Hamilton Academical". BBC Sport. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Rangers 1–2 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha must sign these players, claims former striker Mark Hateley". Daily Express. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Pedro Caixinha: I love to make Rangers fans happy". The Scotsman. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Progrès Niederkorn 2–0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Rangers 0–2 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Rangers: Pedro Caixinha sacked as manager after board meeting". BBC Sport. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  22. ^ Arnold, Jon (5 December 2017). "Cruz Azul announces Pedro Caixinha as new head coach". Goal. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Ficha cuerpo técnico" [Technical staff profile] (in Spanish). Liga MX. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  24. ^ Pedro Caixinha coach profile at Soccerway
  25. ^ ""Pedro Caixinha é a pessoa indicada" – João Bartolomeu" ["Pedro Caixinha is the right person" – João Bartolomeu]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 10 July 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Pedro Caixinha despedido" [Pedro Caixinha fired]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  27. ^ "Caixinha apresentado amanhã" [Caixinha presented tomorrow]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 31 October 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Pedro Caixinha assina contrato com o campeão mexicano de futebol" [Pedro Caixinha signs contract with Mexican football champion] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  29. ^ Tom Marshall (15 August 2015). "Pedro Caixinha resigns as Santos Laguna manager". ESPN FC. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  30. ^ "Pedro Caixinha assume comando técnico do Al-Gharafa, do Qatar" [Pedro Caixinha takes over at Qatar's Al-Gharafa]. Observador (in Portuguese). 30 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Pedro Caixinha sai do Al-Gharafa para treinar o Rangers" [Pedro Caixinha leaves Al-Gharafa to manage Rangers] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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