Fernando Santos Appointed Portugal Manager

Source: thewillnigeria.com

Fernando Santos, who led Greece to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil, has been appointedPortugal's new head coach, the FPF announced on Tuesday.

“Fernando Santos, 59, is the new national team coach. Santos, the former head coach of Greece, will be presented to the media at 12.30 on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Portuguese Football Federation,” a statement on the FPF website (www.fpf.pt) said.

The Portuguese coach spent four years in charge of Greece and guided them to the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 as well as the last 16 of this year's World Cup, where they lost on penalties to Costa Rica.

Santos left his post the day after Greece were eliminated from the tournament, having decided before the competition not to renew his contract.

The former Porto and Benfica manager replaces Paulo Bento, who left after Portugal made a calamitous start to their Euro 2016 campaign, losing to Albania.

Portugal are next in action on October 11 when they meet France in a friendly in Paris before travelling to Denmark for their second Euro 2016 qualifier three days later.