Alexandre Guimarães

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Alexandre Guimarães
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Borges Guimarães
Date of birth (1959-11-07) November 7, 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Durpanel San Blas
1980–1981 Municipal Puntarenas
1982–1991 Saprissa
1992–1993 Turrialba
National team
1988–1990 Costa Rica 16
Teams managed
1994–1996 Belén Siglo XXI
1996–1998 Herediano
1998–1999 Comunicaciones
1999–2000 Saprissa
2000–2002 Costa Rica
2002–2003 Irapuato
2004 Sinaloa
2005–2006 Costa Rica
2006–2008 Panama
2009–2010 Al Wasl
2010–2011 Al-Dhafra
2011–2012 Saprissa
2012–2013 Tianjin Teda
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexandre Borges Guimarães (born November 7, 1959) is a Brazilian-born (Maceió, Alagoas in the northeast of Brazil), Costa Rican-raised ex-footballer and coach. He is currently the Head Coach of Chinese club team Tianjin Teda F.C.[1] He moved to Costa Rica at the age of twelve. As a player, Guimarães played for Durpanel San Blas, Municipal Puntarenas, Deportivo Saprissa (a soccer team of the country), and Turrialba FC. He was national champion three times with Saprissa in 1982, 1988 and 1989 and scored 95 goals in 377 official matches.[2]

Guimarães has 16 appearances with the Costa Rican National team, including three matches in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He became a Costa Rican citizen in 1985.[citation needed]

After retiring as a player, he became one of the most successful coaches in Costa Rica's history. He started coaching A.D. Belemita, then moved to C.S. Herediano, where he achieved good results with both teams. He was hired by Saprissa, where he worked for several years, winning three national tournaments with them. His last Costa Rican team was C. S. Cartagines, a stint that was catastrophic, ending with his dismissal as the team was almost relegated to the second tier and in financial troubles do to high salaries on players that did not show their quality. He has also coached several teams internationally, such as CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala, Real Irapuato and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico.[3]

He is best known for his great achievements as a member of Costa Rica's national squad, and as a head coach, leading them to an almost perfect qualifier for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Not having advanced to the second round, "Guima" was replaced as the head coach of the national team. Later he would regain his position, but was handed a National squad in a poor state. Still, he led Costa Rica's team to the 2006 World Cup, after which he quit from the squad, given the team's poor performance in the tournament.

On November 7, 2006, on his 47th birthday, Guimarães was chosen as the head coach for the Panama national football team. And in April 2009, he has moved to the Middle East to start a new challenge coaching the famous United Arab Emirates Club, Al Wasl FC, starting from the 2009/2010 Season.[4]

On 1 June 2012, Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda F.C. announced that they had officially signed Guimarães as new Head Coach after Croatian coach Josip Kuže was sacked.[5]

Guimarães' son, Celso Borges, born 1988, is a current player of the Costa Rican national team and plays for the Swedish club AIK in Allsvenskan.

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