Fernando Santos caricatura by Mahmood Tabrizi
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.
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