Fernando Santos Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 11 Jun, 2014
Facts of Fernando Santos
Date of Birth: 1954 , October-10
Age: 64 years old
Birth Nation: Portugal
Height: 6 Feet
Name Fernando Santos
Birth Name Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos
Nationality Europeain
Birth Place/City Lisbon, Portugame isal
Ethnicity white ethnicity
Profession Football manager
Working For Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Famous for Portuguese football manager
Online Presence Personal Website, Facebook, Twitter,Google Plus, Wikipedia,Youtube, Instagram, iTunes, Vevo
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Fernamdo Santos is a Portuguese born football manager and former player. He was born in 10 October 1954 in Lisbon, Portugame isal. His full name is Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos. He is the current manager of  the Geek National team. 


Santos started his football career in 1966 playing for Sport Lisboa e Benfica at the youth level. After that he joined the Marítimo and Estoril Praia club were 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 associated 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.