Manuel Cajuda is a former Portuguese midfielder and current coach of Chongqing in the Chinese League One. He was born on 27 June 1951 in Olhão, Portugal.
As a player Cajuda featured for several Portuguese clubs of his region such as Sambrasense, Olhanense and Farense. He enjoyed his better days playing for the second division side Farense since 1976 till 1983.
In 1984, Cajuda retired from playing and became a coach of his last club. In between 1997 and 1994, he was at the helm of Portimonense, Olhanense, Louletano, Torreense, O Elvas and União Leiria. In 1994, Cajuda took charge over Braga and became a big asset for the club as he helped them to finish 4th in the 1997 and 2001 Primeira Liga. Manuel made a great impact as a manager of Vitória Guimarães as he led the team to the third place in the 2007/08 Primeira Liga thus cementing a spot in the UEFA Champions League. Manuel Cajuda has also gained some international managerial practice coaching Egyptian team Zamalek and Emirati side Al Sharjah. In 2013, he returned to native Olhao and was hired as a coach of Olhanense. However, short time later he had to look for another job and was offered a contract with Chinese club Chongqing.
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