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Santos signs on for more with Greece

Published: Friday 6 April 2012, 17.26CET
Greece have received a boost ahead of UEFA EURO 2012 with the news that Fernando Santos has extended his deal with the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) by two more years.
Santos signs on for more with Greece
Fernando Santos has extended his deal as Greece coach ©Getty Images
 
Published: Friday 6 April 2012, 17.26CET

Santos signs on for more with Greece

Greece have received a boost ahead of UEFA EURO 2012 with the news that Fernando Santos has extended his deal with the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) by two more years.

Fernando Santos has agreed a contract extension with the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) to remain as national team coach beyond UEFA EURO 2012.

The 57-year-old has accepted terms on a deal which will now expire in June 2014, when the Portuguese will hope to be leading his team at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

In a statement on the EPO website Santos, who succeeded Otto Rehhagel in July 2010, said: "I am very proud about it [the contract] and I will continue working hard so that Greece are present in the finals of all major competitions. Our next aim is to celebrate qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."

Of more immediate concern is this summer's UEFA European Championship, where Greece will play co-hosts Poland in the opening match of the tournament, on 8 June, before rounding off Group A against the Czech Republic and Russia.

"My players' efforts since the summer of 2010 have been rewarded by qualification. However, our job is not done. We must devote ourselves 100% to the finals by continuing to adhere to our principles: passion, organisation, having a clear mind and always playing to win."

Santos has overseen ten victories and just one loss in 19 games since taking charge. Greece qualified for UEFA EURO 2012 as winners of their group and under Santos set a national record of 17 matches undefeated until they were beaten 3-1 by Romania in a friendly last November.

Last updated: 09/01/14 15.46CET

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