Fernando Santos Biography

( 1954 - )
June 15, 2018
First published on:June 15, 2018
by Jon Snow

Facts of Fernando Santos

Date of Birth: 1954, October 10
Age: 64 years old
Birth Nation: Portugal
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Name Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos
Famous Name Fernando Santos
Father Francisco Santos
Nationality Portuguese
Birth Place Lisbon
Salary $2.61 million

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.

Initially, the coach of the Greece National Team, Santos signed as the new manager for the Portugal National Team and helped the team to win UEFA Euro 2016.

Early Life and Early Career 

Fernando Santos was born as Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos on October 10, 1954, in Lisbon, Portugal. His father is Franciso Santos, although mother's identity is secret.

Introduced to football playing with Operario Lisboa, Santos joined 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.

Net Worth and Salary

The net worth of Fernando Santos is under review as of 2018, 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.

Playing Career (1973-1987) and Retirement

In his senior career establishment,  Santos first played for G.D. Estoril Praia from 1973 to 1979 where he scored his first goal in the top division in the 1978–79 season. His Primeira Liga debut was on September 7, 1975.

Then, Fernando Santos played for C.S. Marítimo for the 1979-1980 season making 26 appearances without a score. Returning again to G.D. Estoril Praia in 1980, he spent 8 seasons with the club before making his retirement at the age of 33.

Coaching Career

Soon after his retirement, Fernando Santos was hired as the manager for his team G.D. Estoril Praia where he spent 8 years till 1994, followed by his work in C.F. Estrela da Amadora (1994-1998) and FC Porto (1998-2001) later.

Though, he joined  AEK Athens F.C for a year and then managed Panathinaikos FC for 4 months on a mutual consent and Sporting CP for a season till 2004. And again, he returned to Athens FC serving from 2004-2006.

Benfica and PAOK

Following a month of his signing with Benfica on May 20, 2006, Santos signed former AEK player Kostas Katsouranis in the club. But after the club didn't notice improvement,  Fernando Santos was replaced with 
Jose Antonio Camacho on August 20, 2007.

In September 2007, he signed with PAOK FC on a 3-year deal. Santo's effort led the team to gain overall of 2nd position in the 2009-2010 season, however, despite preparing the team to compete in the Champions League, he announced his leave on May 19, 2010.

Managerial Career

Greece National Team

Fernando Santos signed a 2-year deal as the manager for the Greece National Team on July 1, 2010,  and even helped the country to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2012, where the team reached the last-8 stage.

Also, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Santos encharged the team and led the team to reach the knockout stage for the first time ever but lost to Costa Rica in a penalty shootout in a 3-5 defeat.

Portugal National Team

After Paulo Bento was fired, Fernando Santos took over his place to manage the Portugal National Team on September 23, 2014

Later in July 2016, Santos signed another 4-year deal and led the team to win the UEFA Euro 2016, making the team, the only undefeated in the tournament.

CAPTION: Portugal National Team coach Fernando Santos SOURCE: Free Press Journal

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, he helped the team to finish with 9 wins in 10 games.

Personal Life

Fernando Santos who stands 6 feet in height has kept his personal life quite low. He has disclosed his relationship status either he is married or is not married yet.

Santos is a degree holder in electrical and telecommunications engineering and was awarded in 1977 by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa. 

While in Porto, when the team won its 5th consecutive championship in 1999, he was nicknamed 
Engenheiro do Penta i.e.Penta's Engineer. 


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