Fernando Cavenaghi enjoyed a very good career with Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1. A lot of the good things he achieved were at the French club. During his time at Bordeaux, Fernando Cavenaghi helped the club win the league title in addition to two French League Cup titles and two French Super Cup titles.


Cavenaghi was at Bordeaux for the period of four years between 2007 and 2011. He was sold to the club by River Plate in his native Argentina in a deal reported to be around €7m in January 2007. The retired Argentine international signed a four-and-a-half year deal at the French Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2011.

Fernando Cavenaghi didn’t have problems with the European Union (EU) work permit as he was able to work freely due to the Italian passport via his ancestry. His Bordeaux debut came in the French Ligue 1 clash with OGC Nice. He was an unused substitute as Bordeaux beat Lyon 1-0 in the final of the French League Cup.

In his first full season at Bordeaux, the Argentine striker scored 22 goals in 35 matches. He was a second half substitute for the 2008 French Super Cup clash with Lyon. Cavenaghi played the final 20 minutes of the game as a substitute for Alou Diarra. He went on to miss his penalty during the shootout alongside David Bellion but Bordeaux still managed to win the trophy on penalties.

Argentine national team striker Cavenaghi helped Bordeaux to win a first league title in ten years during the 2008/09 season netting 13 goals in 29 matches. His team also won the French League Cup for that season. He went on to score the opener in the 2-0 win over Guingamp during the 2009 French Super Cup.

Cavenaghi signed for Real Mallorca of Spain on loan from Bordeaux in August 2010 before joining Internacional of Brazil on another loan in January 2011.