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Fernando Santos

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
Greece
Fernando Santos
Greece coach Fernando Santos ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Fernando Santos

Greece

Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing career: SL Benfica, CS Marítimo, GD Estoril-Praia
Coaching career: GD Estoril-Praia, CF Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto, AEK Athens FC (twice), Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, SL Benfica, PAOK FC, Greece

• A left-back, Santos started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before two-year stints with Marítimo and Estoril-Praia. Retired in 1975.

• After a career change as a technician – Santos holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – he returned to football in 1987, taking over at former team Estoril-Praia. Stayed seven years, guiding them to two promotions and the Portuguese top flight.

• Had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora prior to joining Porto in 1998. Led his side to the Liga title in his first term, adding two domestic cups before departing for AEK in 2001. Again made an instant impact, lifting the 2002 Greek Cup.

• Went to Panathinaikos that summer but his reign proved short-lived. Returned home to Sporting in 2003/04 before rejoining AEK in summer 2004, steadying the ship after a turbulent spell. Quit in 2006 for Benfica, where he lasted a year, swiftly opting for yet another Greek sojourn with PAOK.

• Revived that club's fortunes, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Announced his departure in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel's successor as Greece coach six weeks later, proving an immediate hit as he helped them to UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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