Fernando Santos, the former Portugal player turned coach has many decisions to make, among them, whether Ricardo Quaresma will play or not for Tuesday’s Euro 2016 Group F opener against Iceland.
Born Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos on October 1954 in Lisbon, Portugal, has functioned as the current manager of the Portugal national team since September 2014, after Paulo Bento’s departure following a 1-0 defeat by Albania and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories.
Before he became a coach, Santos began his playing career at home-town club Benfica before two-year stints with Marítimo and Estoril-Praia. He decided it was time to retire in 1975.
He opted for a degree and went to school and attended The Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, for a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering. However he returned to the sport in 1987 as a technician and stayed seven years with former team Estoril-Praia.
Fernando Santos has been credited for making immediate impacts with the teams he’s worked with. He departed for AEK in 2001 lifting the 2002 Greek Cup. Went to Panathinaikos that summer followed by spells at Sporting, AEK and Benfica.
Prior to his time in AEK he joined Porto in 1998 and had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora.
He then revived PAOK’s fortunes, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. He parted ways in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel’s successor as Greece coach. He led them to UEFA EURO 2012. Fernando Santos repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding them to the last 16, before stepping down.
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.
Santos has had an especial ability to keep his private life out of the spotlight. Normally, we would know specific details about an important sports figure like Fernando Santos but it is not yet clear if the 61-year-old is even married or if he ever has been. Girlfriend perhaps? Children?