Fernando Santos leaves his position as Portugal manager

  • Fernando Santos steps as manager of Portugal.

Fernando Santos leaves his position as Portugal manager
Fernando Santos leaves his position as Portugal manager

After being eliminated from the World Cup, Portugal have confirmed that Fernando Santos has left his position as manager

Santos led Portugal to victories in the 2016 and 2019 Nations Leagues, but he was unable to repeat those achievements in Qatar, as his team lost to Morocco in the quarterfinals following a challenging group stage that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo being benched for the knockout rounds.

As the Portuguese FA (FPF) has officially announced his departure, the Santos era is finally finished.

“The Portuguese Football Federation and Fernando Santos agreed to end the highly journey that began in September 2014,” a statement read.


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“After one of the best participations ever by the National Team in the final stages of the World Championship, in Qatar, FPF and Fernando Santos understand that this is the right moment to start a new cycle.

“With Fernando Santos at the head of the National Team, our country won two competitions for the first time: the unforgettable Euro 2016, in France, and the League of Nations, in 2019.

“In addition to the titles won, Fernando Santos became the coach with the most games and most victories. It was an honor to have a coach and a person like Fernando Santos at the head of the National Team.

“The FPF thanks Fernando Santos and his technical team for the services provided over eight unique years and believes that this thanks is also made on behalf of the Portuguese people.

“The FPF Board will now begin the process of choosing the next national coach.”

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