The Portuguese Football Federation has announced that Fernando Santos has been appointed the new Seleção coach. The 59-year-old will be officially presented in a press conference in Lisbon on Wednesday.

Santos is one of a select group of managers who has coached Portugal's three major clubs, FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting, leading the Dragons to a championship triumph in 1998/99.

He has spent much of his career in Greece where he coached AEK Athens, Panathinaikos and PAOK before taking the reins of the Greek national team. He achieved notable success as Greece coach, qualifying the nation for Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, reaching the knockout stages of the tournaments on both occasions.

One black mark on his career as Greece manager was a sending-off from the dugout in the country's final World Cup match, which ended in defeat to Costa Rica, leading to an 8-game suspension imposed by FIFA. Santos protested vehemently against the heavy punishment and the outcome of his appeal is expected to be released this week.

In any event, Santos appears set to be forbidden from sitting in the dugout for a substantial part of Portugal's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The suspension does not however prevent the coach from selecting the team, overseeing training and doing pre and post-match press conferences.

Portugal resume their qualifying campaign with a match away at Denmark on 14 October, having lost the first match 1-0 at home to Albania, a result that led to the dismissal of Paulo Bento.

The first game of the new era will take place three days earlier however, as the Seleção play France in a friendly in Paris on 11 October.

by Tom Kundert

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Wow...that was surprise.....here we go again.......from Dumb to Dumber...I would have preferred Mancini

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a joke...the guy will be suspended for 90% of the qualification phases. EVEN IF it gets reduced...WE NEED A MANAGER ON THE BENCH FOR THE NEXT 3 MATCHES.

I wish him luck overall, and honestly dont know too much about his managerial/playing...

a joke...the guy will be suspended for 90% of the qualification phases. EVEN IF it gets reduced...WE NEED A MANAGER ON THE BENCH FOR THE NEXT 3 MATCHES.

I wish him luck overall, and honestly dont know too much about his managerial/playing style, but why not Vitor Pereira, a proven winner with some guts?

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Well, I was hoping to see the FPF appoint an experienced foreign coach without any ties to Portuguese football, but we all knew it wasn't going to happen. Fernando Santos has a wealth of experience and, by all accounts, he is known for organized,...

Well, I was hoping to see the FPF appoint an experienced foreign coach without any ties to Portuguese football, but we all knew it wasn't going to happen. Fernando Santos has a wealth of experience and, by all accounts, he is known for organized, pragmatic football. I am expecting him to be more tactically astute than Paulo Bento, but I am very worried that his more defensive style will stifle Portugal's creativity. The 8 match ban is also a cause for concern.

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Did we just hire a coach, who wont be coaching us until 2016?
FPF = complete pathological incompetence.

Fact is Fernando Santos would never even be considered for any "A" or "B" national team, so why is he good enough for Portugal?

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The FPF probably entertained other options (namely Mancini, and only after he came out himself and declared his interest -and probably requested too high of a salary), but were always going to hire Santos.

Let's be honest...the federation is run...

The FPF probably entertained other options (namely Mancini, and only after he came out himself and declared his interest -and probably requested too high of a salary), but were always going to hire Santos.

Let's be honest...the federation is run like a business. Just like they convinced Bento to resign rather than sack him (no severance package or full contract payout this way), they have hired someone who's in the midst of serving an 8-game NON-PAID ban. That's about 6 more months where the FPF doesn't have to pay a manager.

Barring a successful appeal, this decision baffles me. He's a proven manager, with a Scolari-like temperament, but Queiroz-like tactics. From a football point of view, I suppose we could have done worse... From a logical point of view, well...

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How can you hire a Manager with a FIFA 8 game suspension, and not having the ability to coach from the sidelines and make in-game decisions? He will never see the touchline through the entire Euro 2016 qualification. I would have hired Roberto...

How can you hire a Manager with a FIFA 8 game suspension, and not having the ability to coach from the sidelines and make in-game decisions? He will never see the touchline through the entire Euro 2016 qualification. I would have hired Roberto Mancini.

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Yep, given that 8 match ban, a very risky appointment. Having already made the worst possible start we are now going to face virtually the entire qualifying campaign without a coach on the touchline. I hope this doesn't have too much effect on...

Yep, given that 8 match ban, a very risky appointment. Having already made the worst possible start we are now going to face virtually the entire qualifying campaign without a coach on the touchline. I hope this doesn't have too much effect on the results. I would have definitely preferred an experienced foreign coach who would have brought a new philosophy to the Selecao, but it seems the FPF was unwilling to take the risk of a foreign coach...even though the best ever period of the Selecao came under a foreign coach, of course!

Anyway here's what I think the pros and cons are with Santos. Pros: Hugely experienced, organised, broad knowledge of Portuguese futebol and some momentum going with the "success" he had with Greece (qualified them to the knock-out stages of the last 2 tournaments, and considering the personnel they have, that was an achievement). Cons: overly defensive approach, will probably be unwilling to change our ineffective lone striker system, and of course first and foremost the 8 match ban. Anyway at least he's experienced and can surely only be an improvement on the last year or so under Bento. Let's see how it goes...

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You guys are crazy and super negative. Fernando Santos made a horrible Greek team into a world class squad! 15 months unbeaten! This is absolutely the right man for the job

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Unreal, so much for going after a foreign coach to get some discipline within this squad of misfits. I would of rather seen Mancini or even bring back Big Phil Scolari, but nope the Federation has messed up again. Why, oh Why would you install a...

Unreal, so much for going after a foreign coach to get some discipline within this squad of misfits. I would of rather seen Mancini or even bring back Big Phil Scolari, but nope the Federation has messed up again. Why, oh Why would you install a coach who is suspended for so many games? I think by having someone on the touch line to give orders and establish some order and discipline during a game, is crucial, especially when your in the early stages of qualifying for such a important event like Euro 2016. I'm not too keen about Santos, his tactics are mythical, his stubbornness reminds me of Bento, and his track record with wins and international results isn't the greatest either. i do hope for a few things from him. Stop calling up old goats like Bruno Alves, Joao Pererria, Ricardo Costa, Veloso, and Raul Meireles. Seleccao needs some new, young, faster blood in the lineup. Players like Bruma, Carlos Mane, etc would work. Establish discipline in the squad, no more of these whining players like Pepe or Mourtinho. Also, change the damn formation. This 4-3-3 isnt working. Since Portugal Achilles heel always been at the striker position, establish something like a 4-1-3-2. With possibly something like Eder and maybe Ronaldo up top,unless Nelson Oliveria wakes up and starts perfoming well again. if this is the case have Ronaldo and Mane on the wings. Plug in Mourtinho in the midfield and William Carvalho as DM. Neto, Pepe, Andre Almedia, and Fabio C at defense should work. We will see what Santos can do, if anything. I'm hoping for the best, if not, serious changes need to be made. Forca!!

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Important to remember that there is no coach that the FPF could pick that would satisfy everyone. I how ever do not agree that we need a foreign coach. We need a coach who know all our players and there quality's. Mancini has no idea who who...

Important to remember that there is no coach that the FPF could pick that would satisfy everyone. I how ever do not agree that we need a foreign coach. We need a coach who know all our players and there quality's. Mancini has no idea who who Rafa, Marcos lopes, Joao Mario, {who by the way played out of this world for sporting this week} or players like Tiba are. I have heard Fernando Santos, in several interview over the last couple of years, and his knowledge of Portuguese players is very good. He coached Greece to be more defensive, because they are not a great offensive team. [You work with what you got} Also Portugal has been very leaky in their own half, and a coach who can bring a bit more of a defensive style, may not be such a bad thing. Last Joao Pinto say's that Fernando santos is a very organized, discipline, and one of the best coaches he has ever played for. Allot of former players a raving about this selection….people that know far more then you and I. Please lets give him a chance, before we throw him, under the bus…….Forca

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“What I have got left to do? Win the World Cup.”

Fernando Santos
(Portugal coach upon equalling the record of Luiz Felipe Scolari for number of matches as Seleção coach - 74) 

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