Santos To Coach Portugal

Fernando Santos has been appointed the new coach of Portugal, 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 opening UEFA EURO 2016 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 of EURO 2012 and the Round of 16 of this year’s FIFA World 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, Sporting and Benfica in his homeland as well as AEK, Panathinaikos and PAOK in 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.

Portugal are 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.

 

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