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Fernando Santos caricatura Fernando Santos caricatura

Fernando Santos caricatura by Mahmood Tabrizi

Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos, ComM (born 10 October 1954) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a defender, and is the manager of the Portugal national team.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 161 games and two goals during eight seasons, almost always with Estoril. After retiring, he worked as a coach for several decades, starting out at his main club in 1988.

Santos managed Portugal’s Big Three, winning five major titles with Porto. For the better part of the 2000s he worked in Greece, mainly with AEK Athens and PAOK.

In 2010, he was appointed at the helm of the Greek national team, coaching them in a World Cup and one European Championship. Subsequently, he led Portugal to victory in Euro 2016.

Fernando Santos caricatura

On 23 September 2014, Santos was chosen as the new manager of Portugal, after Paulo Bento being fired due to poor results.His first game in charge took place on 14 October in a 1–۰ win in Denmark for the Euro 2016 qualifiers,and the side went on to reach the finals in France; during his suspension, it was Ilídio Vale that sat on the bench.

On 10 July 2016, after three group stage draws that enabled group stage qualification as third, Santos coached Portugal to its first-ever major international conquest, after a 1–۰ extra time defeat of the hosts.The only win in 90 minutes occurred in the semi-finals, against Wales, but his team was also the only undefeated in the tournament.

On 10 October 2017, the day of his 63rd birthday, Santos coached Portugal to a 2–۰ win over Switzerland at the Estádio da Luz, which enabled them to finish the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with nine wins in ten games

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