Fernando Santos (Portuguese footballer)

Fernando Santos (Portuguese Footballer)

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Fernando Santos (Portuguese footballer)

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Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos (born 10 October 1954 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the Greek national team, last managing PAOK of the Super League Greece.

On 4 February 2010, Santos was elected by the Greek Football League as the best coach of the decade, at a ceremony to celebrate the last 50 years of football in the country.

Player career

Santos started his career as a footballer in 1972, initially playing for Sport Lisboa e Benfica at the youth level, then Marítimo and Estoril Praia, where he ended his professional career at just 21.

Coaching career

Santos earned a bacharelatoThe Portuguese bacharelato degree awarded by polytechnical institutions or its predecessors, was not a bachelor's degree – it was one step below. Only the licenciatura degree was equal to the bachelor's degree. (See Higher education in Portugal for details) degree as an electrical and telecommunications engineer, awarded in 1977 by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, earning him the nickname "El Mechanico". In 1987, he decided to retire from football play and become a coach. He had worked briefly as a maintenance engineer at a hotel.

His first club was Estoril, where he remained until 1994. With Santos as a coach, Estoril 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 FC Porto, winning...
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