Fernando Santos

  • Date of birth : 10/10/1954
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Portugal Portugal
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Fernando Santos

Fernando Santos
Greece coach Fernando Santos ©Getty Images for UEFA

Fernando Santos


Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing career: Benfica, Estoril (twice), Marítimo
Coaching career: Estoril, Estrela da Amadora, Porto, AEK Athens (twice), Panathinaikos, Sporting CP, Benfica, PAOK, Greece, Portugal

• A left-back, Santos – who holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before spending most of his career with Estoril.

• He retired from playing in 1987, going immediately into coaching at Estoril, where he was head coach for six years, guiding the club to two promotions and into 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 followed by spells at Sporting, AEK again and Benfica.

• He then revived PAOK's fortunes after taking over in 2007, 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 the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012. Repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding Greece to the last 16, before stepping down.

• He was appointed by Portugal that September after Paulo Bento's departure and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories. The crowning glory was to come in France, Portugal remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the hosts in the St-Denis final thanks to Éder's extra-time goal; two years later, Santos and his team reached the last 16 of the World Cup, following that with victory in the first UEFA Nations League, beating Switzerland and the Netherlands on home soil in the Finals.

Last updated: 27/08/19 17.13CET


Match log

Match log
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 18/11/2019 01:27 CET
06.09.2016FIFA World CupQualifying roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland2-0PortugalPortugal
07.10.2016FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal6-0AndorraAndorra
10.10.2016FIFA World CupQualifying roundFaroe IslandsFaroe Islands0-6PortugalPortugal
13.11.2016FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal4-1LatviaLatvia
25.03.2017FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal3-0HungaryHungary
09.06.2017FIFA World CupQualifying roundLatviaLatvia0-3PortugalPortugal
31.08.2017FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal5-1Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
03.09.2017FIFA World CupQualifying roundHungaryHungary0-1PortugalPortugal
07.10.2017FIFA World CupQualifying roundAndorraAndorra0-2PortugalPortugal
10.10.2017FIFA World CupQualifying roundPortugalPortugal2-0SwitzerlandSwitzerland
15.06.2018FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stagePortugalPortugal3-3SpainSpain
20.06.2018FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stagePortugalPortugal1-0MoroccoMorocco
25.06.2018FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageIranIran1-1PortugalPortugal
30.06.2018FIFA World CupRound of 16UruguayUruguay2-1PortugalPortugal
10.09.2018UEFA Nations LeagueFinal tournament - Group stagePortugalPortugal1-0ItalyItaly
11.10.2018UEFA Nations LeagueFinal tournament - Group stagePolandPoland2-3PortugalPortugal
17.11.2018UEFA Nations LeagueFinal tournament - Group stageItalyItaly0-0PortugalPortugal
20.11.2018UEFA Nations LeagueFinal tournament - Group stagePortugalPortugal1-1PolandPoland
22.03.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal0-0UkraineUkraine
25.03.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal1-1SerbiaSerbia
05.06.2019UEFA Nations LeagueSemi-finalsPortugalPortugal3-1SwitzerlandSwitzerland
09.06.2019UEFA Nations LeagueFinalPortugalPortugal1-0NetherlandsNetherlands
07.09.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundSerbiaSerbia2-4PortugalPortugal
10.09.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundLithuaniaLithuania1-5PortugalPortugal
11.10.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal3-0LuxembourgLuxembourg
14.10.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundUkraineUkraine2-1PortugalPortugal
14.11.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundPortugalPortugal6-0LithuaniaLithuania
17.11.2019UEFA EUROQualifying roundLuxembourgLuxembourg0-2PortugalPortugal

General info

  • Name: Fernando Santos
  • Date of birth: 10/10/1954
  • Country: Portugal
  • Team: Portugal ( POR)

  • Current campaign
  • UEFA European Football Championship 2019/20
  • Friendlies 2018/20

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: European Championship (Qualifying round)
    03/09/10: Greece 1-1 Georgia
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    16/09/98: Porto 2-2 Olympiacos

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Portugal UNL6420

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Sporting CP4211
Last updated: 18/11/2019 01:27 CET