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Name Fernando Santos
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Football Coach
  Portugal Head Coach
Desc Having upset the odds to win Euro 2016, Portugal won nine out of ten matches in qualifying to stake their claim. The last tournament success was largely built upon a well-drilled back four and providing service for the difference-maker Cristiano Ronaldo


Club as Coach Portugal National Team


Friend Jorge Rosario

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Portugal manager, Fernando Santos, was gracious in defeat, despite the unfortunate circumstances] Their goalkeeper was fantastic. I always defend my players, that is my responsibility, given I chose them to score the penalties.

2018 09 08 Retrieve

[Fernando Santos explains why Cristiano Ronaldo deserves The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 award ahead of Luka Modric ] The voting in the best of FIFA [Men’s Player] is not mine. I already casted my vote, if it’s up to me, Ronaldo wins and second Modric because that was my vote. I think Modric is a fantastic player, that is why I nominated him as second best player in this new award, but in this vote, I think Ronaldo should be the winner for all that he has done during the season and especially in the [UEFA] Champions League

2019 03 22 Retrieve

[Portugal coach Fernando Santos is adamant Friday’s 0-0 Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Ukraine will give his team more strength for their next outing against Serbia.] The team was good, but did not win. We deserved to win. The players tried, created situations, but we were not able to score.

This result will not result in any kind of blow, it will give us more strength for the game with Serbia. The players will rest and recover so we can win. Overall the team was well. We didn’t win, so you can never say that everything is fine, but we had good periods

Essentially, we failed to capitalise on the situations that we were able to create. The result is unfair, it doesn’t leave us satisfied, but we have to win the next games

2019 03 26 Retrieve

[Portugal coach Santos reveals referee apologised to him after overturning penalty against Serbia] He [the referee] invited me to go to the booth to analyse the appeal. We saw and we had no doubts, neither he nor I, and then he apologised for the decision. He had no doubt, but that honesty does not help me.

He gave a penalty… And no one 40 meters away can make the decision it was not, especially when the referee sees it clearly. What will I do with the excuse? At least he called me to analyse.

I saw the two angles. In the first one we have doubts, but not in the second. The assistant was there and I said that it was his fault

2019 05 06 Retrieve

[Santos hails Cristiano Ronaldo after stunning Nations League hat-trick] In terms of adjectives to describe Ronaldo’s game – I’ve used many. I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go. He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius

[He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius] When someone scores three goals, they are the difference maker. It was tough game, it was well played – two sides who are very strong, playing to win. They’re strategically well organised, changing their formation. Their players know what they have to do on the pitch, limiting some of the gaps we’d thought about

2019 06 08 Retrieve

[Santos expects Cristiano Ronaldo to star for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup] I am not surprised at how he has played. I was surprised he was a great player at Sporting when he was 19 and when he went to Manchester United, I lost him. But from that moment I could see his special qualities.

He has proved from that moment that he has special qualities. He has proved himself on and off the pitch and he can continue to play at the top level for another three or four years. He is very fit. He trains to the limit. It is not normal to reach these performances, but I think he will continue for a while. He is the captain. He is a hugely important player. I think he will continue to give people joy at club and international level

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Portugal head coach Fernando Santos revealed how shackling Netherlands’ Frenkie de Jong was a key factor in his side’s Nations League final success] De Jong plays normally on the left closer to Bruno Fernandes. [Marten] de Roon played closer to [William] Carvalho. We were aware of the qualities of these midfielders of the Dutch team and De Jong; a great creator with great potential.

We knew that if we curtailed his freedom we would stand to gain. My players’ instructions were to play the ball whenever they had it and to balance our defence by keeping an eye out to curtail the freedom De Jong and [Virgil] van Dijk would have

This is the first edition of this tournament. I am sure this tournament will become a classic. The whole European family plays and to have won the first edition is a joy. It will go down in history

I don’t enjoy talking about myself. My work must be assessed by others, by you journalists, by the fans. What I will take with me from my job is the love I feel when I go about my everyday life

[And Santos felt such a victory on home soil would leave a lasting legacy upon the sport in his nation] It will leave a huge mark on Portuguese football to have played in these Finals. The World Cup did not go as we hoped but this team marks the future. The future is here. If we look back to 2016, most of these brilliant teams are no longer here. This is an ongoing process and it speaks of what Portuguese football is. We don’t have the financial wherewithal to keep them [top players] in Portugal. They are scattered all through Europe, but the future of Portuguese football is secured

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Portugal coach Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly the world’s best player] This is the clear and irrevocable proof that he is the best player in the world. There is no stadium in the world where Ronaldo is not applauded. He is the best in the world.

We went to Paris in my first game, and the hotel in France was just across the street. There were a thousand people at our door. I think it’s strange when he doesn’t score. They say it is ending … Nothing is ending. You have to be careful because it never ends