Alexandre Guimarães

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Alexandre Guimarães
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Guimarães Borges
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)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979 Durpanel (16)
1980–1981 Puntarenas
1982–1991 Saprissa
1992 Turrialba
Total 377 (95)
National team
1985–1990 Costa Rica 16 (2)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Belén
1996–1997 Herediano
1997–2000 Saprissa
1999 Comunicaciones
2001–2002 Costa Rica
2003 Cartaginés
2004 Irapuato
2004-2005 Sinaloa
2005–2006 Costa Rica
2007–2008 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).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 August 2014

Alexandre Guimarães Borges (born November 7, 1959) is a Brazilian-born, Costa Rican-raised retired footballer and currently manager of Chinese club team Tianjin Teda F.C.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Maceió, Alagoas, in the northeast of Brazil, Guimarães moved to Costa Rica in 1971 at the age of twelve[2] and became a Costa Rican citizen in 1980.[3] He played basketball for Asturias but as a football player, Guimarães started his career at second division side Durpanel San Blas where he became the league's goalscorer with 16.[4] He then played for top flight clubs Municipal Puntarenas, Deportivo Saprissa, and Turrialba.

He was national champion three times with Saprissa in 1982, 1988 and 1989 and scored 95 goals in 377 official matches.[2]

International career[edit]

Guimarães made his debut for Costa Rica in a March 1985 friendly match against Canada and earned a total of 16 caps, scoring 2 goals.[4] He represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in three matches in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[5]

His final international was a June 1990 FIFA World Cup match against Czechoslovakia.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 1985 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Honduras 1–1 1–3 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 7 February 1989 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Poland 1–1 2–4 Friendly match

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, he became one of the most successful coaches in Costa Rica's history. He started coaching Belén, then moved to Herediano in summer 1996,[6] 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 Cartaginés, whom he joined in June 2003,[7] a stint that was catastrophic, ending with his dismissal in November 2003[8] 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 Comunicaciones[9] of Guatemala, Irapuato[10] and Dorados de Sinaloa[11] in Mexico.[12]

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.[13] Not having advanced to the second round, Guima was replaced as the head coach of the national team. Later he would regain his position,[14] 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[15] but he was dismissed in June 2008.[16] 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.[17] He moved on to Dhafra in 2010.[18] In May 2011 he returned to Saprissa.[19]

On 1 June 2012, Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda announced that they had officially signed Guimarães as new Head Coach after Croatian coach Josip Kuže was sacked.[20]

Personal life[edit]

He is a son of doctor Luis de Souza Borge and María Alice Guimaraes and has two brothers and a sister.[3] He is married to Lina Mora and has two children, Mauro and Celso,[4] who also plays for the Costa Rican national team and as of summer 2014 for Swedish club AIK in Allsvenskan.


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