Alexandre Guimarães

Alexandre Henrique Borges Guimarães (born November 7, 1959) is a Brazilian-Costa Rican retired footballer, who played in 1990 FIFA World Cup for Costa Rica and is currently the manager of América de Cali.

Alexandre Guimarães
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Personal information
Full name Alexandre Henrique Borges Guimarães
Date of birth (1959-11-07) November 7, 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
América de Cali (Manager)
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
2000–2002 Costa Rica
2003 Cartaginés
2004 Irapuato
2004–2005 Dorados de Sinaloa
2005–2006 Costa Rica
2006–2008 Panama
2009–2010 Al Wasl
2010–2011 Al-Dhafra
2011–2012 Saprissa
2012–2014 Tianjin Teda
2016–2018 Mumbai City
2019– América de Cali
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 April 2016

He was the Costa Rica national football team head coach in Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, and had successful runs with teams like Al Wasl in United Arab Emirates, Tianjin Teda in China and Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica. His son Celso Borges currently plays for Göztepe in Turkish Süper Lig. He represented Costa Rica nationally, despite being born and raised in Brazil. He managed Indian Super League club Mumbai City FC between 2016 and 2018.

Club careerEdit

Born in Maceió, Alagoas, in the northeast of Brazil, Guimarães moved to Costa Rica in 1971 at the age of twelve[1] and became a Costa Rican citizen in 1980.[2] 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.[3] 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.[1]

International careerEdit

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.[3] He represented his country in 5 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played in three matches in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[4]

His final international was a in that World Cup's Round of 16 match against Czechoslovakia.

International goalsEdit

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 careerEdit

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,[5] 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,[6] a stint that was catastrophic, ending with his dismissal in November 2003[7] 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[8] of Guatemala, Irapuato[9] and Dorados de Sinaloa[10] in Mexico.[11]

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.[12] Not having advanced to the second round, Guima was replaced as the head coach of the national team. Later he would regain his position,[13] 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.[citation needed]

On November 7, 2006, on his 47th birthday, Guimarães was chosen as the head coach for the Panama national football team[14] but he was dismissed in June 2008.[15] 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.[16] With Al Wasl he managed to win the Gulf Clubs Championship in a final against Qatar SC, the first and only international honour for this club. Then he moved on to Al Dhafra in 2010.[17] In May 2011 he returned to Saprissa for a one-year spell.[18]

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, completing the first season with excellent results, emerging from the bottom of the table to near the first positions. Before his second season, the club suffered a sanction with -6 points due to irregularities in the mid-2000s years and the team had to battle for finishing in a comfortable position, which finally happened. Guimaraes didn't come to an agreement to renew the contract for the next season.[19]

On 19 April 2016, the Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC signed Guimarães as their new head coach, replacing French international Nicolas Anelka.[20] He left the role in August 2018.[21]

On 17 June 2019, he was appointed manager of América de Cali. This same year he took América de Cali to win their 14th Colombian Championship, on December 7, 2019. The final was held over a 2-game tie against Junior de Barranquilla. The first leg was a no goal tie in Baranquilla. The 2nd leg was played in Cali, and saw America win 2-0.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

He is a son of doctor Luis de Souza Borges and María Alice Guimarães and has two brothers and a sister.[2] He is married to Lina Mora and has two children, Mauro and Celso,[3] who also plays for the Costa Rican national team and as of 2017-2018 season for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña in La Liga.


  1. ^ a b Guima - The boy from Brazil
  2. ^ a b De perfil (Profile) - Nación (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b c El buzón de Rodrigo - Nación (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Alexandre GuimarãesFIFA competition record
  5. ^ Guimaraes es rojiamarillo - Nación (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Firmó por un año Guima es brumoso - Nación (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Guima fuera de Cartago - Nación (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Guimaraes a Comunicaciones - Nación (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Técnico Guimaraes no pudo llegar a acuerdo con Irapuato de México - Nación (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Guima renunció a Dorados - Nación (in Spanish)
  11. ^ ""Guima" al fútbol chino". alDía (in Spanish). 2012-05-23. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  12. ^ El vuelo del estratega Alexandre Guimaraes le dio un giro a la Selección para dirigirla hacia el Mundial 2002 - Nación (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Alexandre Guimaraes ratificado como nuevo técnico de Costa Rica - Nación (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Presentan a Alexandre Guimaraes como nuevo técnico de Panamá - Nación (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Federación panameña despidió a Guimaraes - Nación (in Spanish)
  16. ^ "A daunting task ahead for Guimarães at Wasl". TheNational. 2009-04-19. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30.
  17. ^ A Guima le va muy bien con el equipo Al Dhafra de Emiratos - Nación (in Spanish)
  18. ^ Guimaraes es el nuevo entrenador de Saprissa - Nación (in Spanish)
  19. ^ 天津泰达迎来第七任洋帅 吉马良斯今日正式上任 Archived 2015-11-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  20. ^ Media Team, ISL. "Mumbai City FC appoint Alexandre Guimaraes as head coach". Indian Super League. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  21. ^ Solano, Dennis (14 August 2018). "Alexandre Guimaraes no es más entrenador en el Mumbai City". BS Noticias (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  22. ^ ¡Ya está en Cali! Alexandre Guimaraes, nuevo DT de América, arribó a la ciudad,, 15 June 2019

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