Fernando Santos (football coach)
|Full name||Fernando Manuel Costa Santos|
|Date of birth||10 October 1954|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1994–1998||Estrela da Amadora|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Lisbon, Santos began his career as a footballer in 1966, initially playing for Benfica at the youth level, then Marítimo and Estoril, where he ended his professional career in 1975 at just 21.
Santos earned a degree as an electrical and telecommunications engineer, awarded in 1977 by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa. After a career change as a technician, he returned to football in 1987, taking over at former club Estoril. He stayed for seven years, guiding them to two promotions and the Portuguese top flight. In Estoril, where he remained until 1994, the club climbed up two categories and reached Portugal's top football division.
In 1994, he took over Estrela da Amadora, and in 1998, he moved to Porto, winning the national championship and the Portuguese Super Cup in his first season. He was the last of the coaches to win in Porto's run of five consecutive championships, the longest-ever in Portuguese club history. For that, he is known as "the engineer of the penta." The next season, Porto missed-out on their sixth title in the last round of the league to Sporting CP, but nonetheless won the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup, also reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. According FIFA in 2000, he was ranked as the ninth-best manager in the world.
In 2001, Santos took over Greek club AEK Athens, leading the club to the conquest of Greek football Cup, and losing the championship to Olympiacos due to goal average. His next step was Panathinaikos, followed by a position with hometown club Sporting CP for the 2003–04 campaign. The next season, he returned to AEK Athens, and the team, composed mostly of young players, reached the Greek Cup semi-finals and finished third (only three points behind the first) in the league.
On 20 May 2006, it was announced that Santos would coach Benfica for the 2006–07 season. That season, Benfica finished third, missing the opportunity to be in the Champions League directly, giving just one point to the second place and two to the eventual winners Porto. In the following season, he spent the whole pre-season with Benfica, in which he would lose the services of team captain and top goalscorer Simão, who was transferred to Spanish team Atlético Madrid. Shortly after, Santos was sacked by Benfica's board on 20 August 2007 after a draw against Leixões in the first match of 2007–08. He was replaced by Spanish coach and former Benfica manager José Antonio Camacho. It was later stated on multiple occasions by Benfica chairman Luís Filipe Vieira that sacking Santos was his biggest mistake during his tenure as president.
In September 2007, Santos returned to Greece, signing a three-year contract for PAOK, based in the city of Thessaloniki. There, joining forces with team chairman and captain of the Golden Euro 2004 team Theodoros Zagorakis, he contributed in the so-called "Three Year Plan" for the resurgence of PAOK. Santos is known for his allegoric parabola during his first season in Toumba, which illustrated the team and supporters' mentality in 2007: "Should we keep fooling ourselves, mistaking sardines for lobsters? I think it's time to change the plate." Effectively fulfilling his promise, he led PAOK to second place in the 2009–10 Superleague Greece championship. During a press conference on 19 May 2010, he announced his intention to leave the historical Greek club, despite his chance to lead the team in its 2010–11 Champions League campaign.
On 1 July 2010, Santos was named the new coach of the Greek national team by the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) on a two-year contract. After long negotiations with the HFF, it was decided that Santos was the ideal replacement of Greece's former head coach, the German Otto Rehhagel. Santos managed to lead the Greek team to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
In June 2014, Santos managed the Greek team to the 2014 World Cup round of 16 in Brazil. At that stage, Greece was eliminated when they lost to Costa Rica 3–5 on penalties on June 29. In the final minutes before the penalty kicks, Santos was sent off the field by referee Ben Williams, apparently for something he said to the referee. He watched his team be defeated on a television from inside the stadium, a loss that marked the end of his tenure coaching Greece, as his contract expired the very next day.
On 23 September 2014, Santos was appointed as the new manager of Portuguese national team, and his first competitive game was against Denmark for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying. Portugal won the game 1–0 with a goal by captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
- As of 17 November 2015
|Estrela da Amadora||1994||1998||136||39||47||50||28.68|
|Benfica||20 May 2006||20 August 2007||48||28||11||9||58.33|
|PAOK||4 September 2007||18 May 2010||95||48||21||26||50.53|
|Greece||1 July 2010||1 July 2014||49||26||17||6||53.06|
|Portugal||24 September 2014||Present||14||10||0||4||71.43|
- Primeira Liga: 1998–99
- Taça de Portugal: 1999–2000, 2000–01
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1999, 2000
- AEK Athens
- Greek Cup: 2002
- Fernando Santos, uefa.com
- Leixões-Benfica : 1–1, at Scorespro.com
- Η Συνέντευξη Τύπου του Fernando Santos
- "Fernando Santos named as new Greece coach". July 2010.
- World Cup 2012: Fernando Santos named new Greece coach, at bbc.co.uk
- Ong, Larry. "Fernando Santos Sending Off: Greece Coach Sent to the Stands by Referee Benjamin Williams". http://www.theepochtimes.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014. External link in
- Hassan, Nabil. "BBC Sport - Costa Rica 1–1 Greece (5–3 on penalties)". http://www.bbc.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014. External link in
- Fernando Santos coach profile at Soccerway