Between 2013 and 2016, Miguel Cardoso worked as Youth Team’s Coordinator for Shakhtar Donetsk, one of the most prestigious clubs in Ukraine and dominator of local football in the 21st century. At the same time, he coached the B team of the club.


He initially worked in the city of Donetsk, before the start of the war which forced the club to move to the capital Kiev. Despite these difficult conditions, Shakhtar’s youth teams continued to produce talents for the main team and Ukrainian football and had successes such as the presence in the final of the second edition of the UEFA Youth League in 2015, during the period when Miguel Cardoso was coordinator.