Santos To Coach Portugal

Fernando Santos has been appointed the new coach ofPortugal, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has announced. The 59-year-old replaces Paulo Bento, who stepped down from the role 12 days ago following an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to Albania in their openingUEFA EURO2016 qualifier. A statement on the FPF website read: “Fernando Santos, 59, is the new national team coach. Santos, the former head coach of Greece, will be presented to the media at 12:30pm on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Portuguese Football Federation.” Lisbon-born Santos was in charge of Greece for four years, leading them to the quarter-finals ofEURO 2012 and the Round of 16 of this year’s FIFAWorld Cup. He left his post the day after they were knocked out in Brazil by Costa Rica, having decided before the tournament not to renew his contract. Santos has previously had spells with Estoril, Porto, Sportingand Benfica in his homeland as well as AEK, Panathinaikos and PAOKin Greece. He led Porto to the league title in the 1998/99 season, as well as two Portuguese Cups. Santos also won the Greek Cup with AEK in 2002. Portugalare next in action on 11 October,when they play a friendly against France in Paris, and then three days later they are away to Denmark in their second EURO 2016 qualifier.  
ads

Latest in this Category

ads