Fernando Santos

Inside Biography

Fernando Santos is a retired Portuguese professional footballer, currently serving as the manager of the Portugal National Team. The former defender with his 14 seasons of playing career recorded 3 goals while making 182 appearances in total.

Early Life And Education Of Fernando Santos 

Fernando Santos was born on 10 October 1954 in Lisbon, Portugal. His full name is Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos. His father is Franciso Santos, whereas her mother identity is secret.

Introduced to football playing with Operario Lisboa, Santos joined the S.L. Benfica youth system at the age of 16 and played from 1971-1973. Later his games earned him the offer to play in the club G.D. Estoril Praia and made his senior career debut in 1973.

Fernando Santos's Career

Santos started his football career in 1966 playinSports Sport Lisboa e Benfica at the youth level. After, that he joined the Marítimo and Estoril Praia club was he ended his professional career in 1975 when he was just 21 years of age.

Despite of having a fotball baground, santos studied bacharelato degree as an electrical and telecommunications engineer in 1977 from The Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa. After a career change, he returned to football in 1987, taking over at his former club E storil-Praia.

He remained as the coach of that club for seven years and guided them to  two promotions and the Portugueses top flight. After leaving the Estoril club, he then in 1994 took over Estrela da Amadora and in 1998, he moved to FC Porto, winning the national championship and the Portuguese SuperCup in his first season.

He is also known as "the engineer of the penta." This is because he was the last of the coach to win in Porto's run of five consecutive champions, the longest ever in Portuguese club history. Next season, he led Porto to win the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup and also reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. According to FIFA, in 2010, he was ranked ninth best manager in the world.

On 1 July 2010, Santos was named the new coach of Greece by the Hellenic Football Federation for the next two years. Santos then managed to lead Greek team in the quarter finals of Euro Cup 2010. 

Fernando Santos is a Lisboner, an electrical and telecommunication engineer by training and a lifelong supporter of Benfica(hometown club), Estoril and a committed Catholic. 

Awards and Achievements

During his managerial career for the Portos , he led  the club to win the Portuguese Liga title in 1998-99 and Portuguese Cup title two times in 1999-00 and 2000-1. He also won the Portuguese SuperCup in 1999 and 2000. While Geek  he was a s sociated with the AEK Athens, he led the club to the Geek Cup title in 2002.

 For his individual title, he was awarded as the Super League Greece Manager of the Year in 2001-02, 2004-05, 2008-09 and 2009-10. He also named the Super League Greece Manager of the Decade for the year 2000-10.

Fernando Santos's Net Worth

As of 2018, Fernando Santos's net worth is under review, though he is estimated to be enjoying the net worth of million dollars.

Currently, Santos enjoys the salary of $2.61 million and ranks the 6th among the highest paid FIFA World Cup National Team coach. While the list is topped by German National Team coach Joachim Low with the salary of $4.47 million.

Fernando Santos's Personal Life 

As of 2018, Fernando is possibly single at the present, and has not revelead any thing about his past affair and girlfriends. 

by satya, 11 Jun, 2014

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