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Santos returns to AEK

Published: Friday 16 July 2004, 22.23CET
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos has accepted the offer of a second spell in charge at AEK Athens FC.
 
 
Published: Friday 16 July 2004, 22.23CET

Santos returns to AEK

Portuguese coach Fernando Santos has accepted the offer of a second spell in charge at AEK Athens FC.

Fernando Santos has returned to AEK Athens to begin a second spell as coach of the troubled Greek club.

Four-year contract
Santos agreed to take the reins after discussions with the AEK owner Demis Nikolaidis and is reported to have signed a four-year contract, although no other details of the deal have been disclosed.

Cup winner
The Portuguese coach was previously in charge of AEK during the 2001/02 season, when he led them to victory in the Greek Cup and a second-placed finish in the league. Santos left Sporting Clube de Portugal in June after just a season in charge of the Lisbon club, who finished third in the Portuguese Superleague last season.

Tziortziopoulos signs
AEK have also announced the signing of the 26-year-old left-back Stavros Tziortziopoulos, a former Greek Under-21 international, on a free transfer from Panionios GS while a defender already at the club, Nikos Georgeas, has extended his contract for four more years.

Fight for future
AEK are deep in debt - the most commonly reported figure is €150m - and Nikolaidis, who has retired from playing to focus on his new role as club owner, is still fighting to secure their future for the coming season and beyond.

 
Last updated: 17/07/04 18.46CET

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