- Fernando Santos (Portuguese football manager and former player)
Infobox Football biography
playername = Fernando Santos
fullname = Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1954|10|19
position = Manager (former right-back)
years = 1966-71 1971-73 1973-75
SL Benfica CS MarítimoEstoril-Praia
manageryears = 1987-94
managerclubs = Estoril-Praia
Estrela Amadora FC PortoAEK Athens Panathinaikos Sporting CP AEK Athens SL Benfica PAOK FC
pcupdate = 12:00,
4 June 2006(UTC)
ntupdate = 12:00,
4 June 2006(UTC)
Santos started his career as a footballer in 1972, initially playing for
SL Benficaat the youth level, then CS Marítimoand GD Estoril-Praia, where he ended his professional career at just 30.
Santos earned a "bacharelato" [The 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 Portugalfor details)] degree as an electrical and telecommunications technical engineer, awarded in 1977 by the " Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa". In 1987 he decided to retire from football play and become a coach. He had worked briefly as a maintenance technician at a hotel.
His first club was Estoril-Praia, 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
C.F. Estrela da Amadora, and in 1998 he moved to FC Porto, winning the national championship and Portuguese Supercup in his first season. He was the last of the coaches to win in FC Porto's run of 5 consecutive championships, the longest ever in Portuguese club history. For that, he is known as "the engineer of the penta". Next season Porto missed the 6th title in the last round to Sporting Portugalbut won the Portuguese Cup and Supercup, also reaching the UEFA Champions Leaguequarter–finals.
In 2001 Santos took over
AEK Athens FC, leading the club to the conquest of Greek Football Cup, and losing the championship from Olympiacos FCdue to goal average. His next step was Panathinaikos FC, taking over the reins of hometown Sporting Clube de Portugalfor 2003-04. The next season, he returned to AEK and the team, based on young players, reached the Greek Cup semi-finals and finished third (only three points behind the first) in the league.
May 20, 2006it was announced that Santos would coach Sport Lisboa e Benficafor the 2006-07 season. That season Benfica finished third, missing the opportunity to be in the Champions League directly, giving just one point to the second place and two to the eventual winners FC Porto. In the following season, he spent the whole pre-season with Benfica, in which he would lose the services of team captain and best goalscorer Simão Sabrosawho was transferred to Spanish team Atlético Madrid. Shortly after, Santos was sacked by Benfica's board on 20 August 2007, after a draw against Leixões S.C.[ [http://www.scorespro.com/lives2/goals.php?f=213082 Leixões-Benfica : 1-1, at Scorespro.com] ] in the first match of 2007-08. He was replaced by Spanish coach and former Benfica manager José Antonio Camacho.
In September 2007, Santos returned to Greece, signing a three-year contract for
PAOK FC, in Thessaloniki.
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