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Fernando Santos
Personal information
Full name Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos
Date of birth October 19, 1954 (1954-10-19) (age 55)
Place of birth    Lisbon, Portugal
Playing position Manager (former right-back)
Club information
Current club PAOK (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Teams managed
Estrela da Amadora
AEK Athens
Sporting CP
AEK Athens

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12:00, 4 June 2006 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 12:00, 4 June 2006 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos (born 19 October 1954) is a Portuguese football manager, currently managing PAOK of the Super League Greece.



Santos started his career as a footballer in 1972, initially playing for Benfica at the youth level, then Marítimo and Estoril-Praia, where he ended his professional career at just 30.


Santos earned a bacharelato[1] 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-Praia climbed up two categories and reached Portugal's top football division.

In 1994, he took over Estrela da Amadora, and in 1998, he moved to FC Porto, winning the national championship and Portuguese Super Cup in his first season. He was the last of the coaches to win in Porto's run of five 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 sixth title in the last round to Sporting Clube de Portugal, but won the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup, also reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter–finals. According FIFA in 2000, he was ranked ninth best manager in the world.

In 2001, Santos took over AEK Athens, leading the club to the conquest of Greek Football Cup, and losing the championship to Olympiacos due to goal average. His next step was Panathinaikos, then taking over the reins of hometown Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2003–04. The next season, he returned to AEK Athens 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.

On 20 May 2006, it was announced that Santos would coach Benfica for 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 Porto. In the following season, he spent the whole pre-season with Benfica, in which he would lose the services of team captain and top goalscorer Simão, who 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[2] 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 in the city Thessaloniki.

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Estoril-Praia Portugal 1990 1994 &0000000000000140.000000140 &0000000000000041.00000041 &0000000000000042.00000042 &0000000000000057.00000057 &0000000000000029.29000029.29
Estrela da Amadora Portugal 1994 1998 &0000000000000136.000000136 &0000000000000039.00000039 &0000000000000047.00000047 &0000000000000050.00000050 &0000000000000028.68000028.68
Porto Portugal 1998 2001 &0000000000000102.000000102 &0000000000000070.00000070 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000068.63000068.63
AEK Athens Greece 2001 2002 &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000073.08000073.08
Panathinaikos Greece 2002 2003 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000001.0000001 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000025.00000025.00
Sporting CP Portugal 2003 2004 &0000000000000034.00000034 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000067.65000067.65
AEK Athens Greece 2004 2006 &0000000000000060.00000060 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000063.33000063.33
Benfica Portugal 2006 2007 &0000000000000031.00000031 &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000064.52000064.52
PAOK Greece 2007 2009 &0000000000000064.00000064 &0000000000000029.00000029 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000045.31000045.31
Total &0000000000000597.000000597 &0000000000000280.000000280 &0000000000000149.000000149 &0000000000000168.000000168 &0000000000000046.90000046.90

Titles won


  1. ^ 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 Portugal for details)
  2. ^ Leixões-Benfica : 1-1, at

External links

Preceded by
António Sousa
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
1999-00, 2000-01
Succeeded by
Laszlo Bölöni


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