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Santos appointed Portugal manager

Fernando Santos, who led Greece to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil, has been appointed Portugal’s new head coach, the FPF announced on Tuesday.

“Fernando Santos, 59, is the new national team coach. Santos, the former head coach of Greece, will be presented to the media at 12.30 [local time] on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Portuguese Football Federation,» a statement on the FPF website (www.fpf.pt) said.

The Portuguese coach spent four years in charge of Greece and guided it to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as well as the last 16 of this year’s World Cup, where it lost on penalties to Costa Rica.

Santos left his post the day after Greece was eliminated from the tournament, having decided before the competition not to renew his contract.

The former Porto and Benfica manager replaces Paulo Bento, who left after Portugal made a calamitous start to its Euro 2016 campaign, losing to Albania.

[Reuters]