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The Portugal manager Fernando Santos was born in Lisbon, 1954 and has been in his current position with the nation of his birth for five years. Having won the European Championships in France in 2016 and the inaugural Nations League on home soil earlier this year, Santos is rightly regarded as being one of the best international managers in world football.

Before he began his career in management, Santos had a playing career as a defender in his homeland. He played for a number of clubs in Portgual in a 14 years period. For a year, Santos played for local youth outfit Operario Lisboa before being scouted by Benfica, one of Portugal's most prestigious clubs. He continued his footballing development with Benfica for two years before leaving to take up his first professional contract with Estoril in 1973. He would make the first of his 189 career appearances with the third-division side. For six seasons, Santos would be used by Estoril as a solid and pragmatic defender and would go on to make almost a century of league appearances before moving on to Maritomo.

Maritomo would prove to be the high-point of Santos's career, in terms of the level he played at, as it was with the Funchal club that he would really announce himself to the Primera Liga, the top league in the Portuguese footballing pyramid. He would spend just one season with the team however, ultimately deciding that Estoril was his sporting home and that he desired to make a return to the club.

He played a further 72 times for Estoril before hanging up his boots in 1987. Forever loyal to the club he made his home, Santos stayed on at Estoril in an assistant managerial capacity having passed his coaching qualifications in his final few years with the club.

For a season, Santos was second in command with the club before being handed the top job in 1988. He remained at the helm of Estoril for six very successful seasons, helping them regain top-flight status during this time. Following this stint, Santos moved on to Estrela Amadora in 1994 where he stayed for four seasons where most agreed he over-achieved, keeping the club afloat in the premier division in Portuguese football.

His talents were recognised and in 1998, Santos was handed his first major job in management, taking over his old club Benfica's arch-rivals, Porto. With Porto, Santos had three very healthy seasons, winning the Primera Liga in the first. He five trophies in total in his time at the Estadio de Dragao, including two Taca de Portugal and two Supertaca Candido de Olivera, as well as taking Porto to the last eight of the Champions League.

Following his time in Porto, Santos went to Greece where, it transpired, he would feel very much at home in the country's defensive footballing culture. He managed AEK Athens twice, once in 2001-2002 (a spell in which he helped them to win the Greek Football Cup) and once in 2004-2006 as well as Panathanaikos in 2002 and PAOK from 2007-2010.

In 2010, he was appointed manager of the Greece national team, a position he held for four years. In this spell, Greece qualified for the 2012 Euros, where they reached the quarter-finals, and the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup, the furthest they have ever gotten in the competition.

In 2014, he took over at Portugal and his successes have been well documented ever since. With a strong squad at his disposal, Santos will be hopeful of even more success in the Euro 2020.


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