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  • NATIONALITY : Portuguese

  • PLACE OF BIRTH : Trofa, Portugal

  • DATE OF BIRTH : 28 May 1972


Born in Trofa in 1972, Miguel 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.

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

In April 2004, Miguel Cardoso moved to C.F. Os Belenenses and became the first team's fitness coach. On 10 May 2006, he followed former Belenenses manager Carlos Carvalhal to S.C. Braga, with the same role. In September 2007, he was named Domingos Paciência's assistant at Associação Académica de Coimbra. He continued to work as Paciência's second man at Braga, Sporting CP and Deportivo de La Coruña.

On 12 June 2013, Miguel 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. Ahead of the 2016–17 season, he became Paulo Fonseca's assistant at the first team.

On 12 June 2017, the 45-year-old Portuguese was appointed at the helm of Primeira Liga club Rio Ave FC, replacing departing Luís Castro. He 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.

During the 2018-19 season, Miguel Cardoso worked as manager of FC Nantes in France and RC Celta de Vigo in Spain and his cooperation with AEK FC began on his birthday, May 28th of 2019, with contract until the summer of 2021.