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Fernando Santos


Facts of Fernando Santos

Full NameFernando Santos
First NameFernando
Last NameSantos
ProfessionFootball Manager
Birth CityLisbon
Birth CountryPortugal
Father NameFrancisco Santos
Mother NameMaria de Lurdes Fernandes Santos
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual Orientationstraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseGuilhermina Santos
No Of Children2
Networth$5 M
Date of BirthOctober 10,1954
Age68 years

Fernando Santos is a renowned football manager and a former player currently serving as a head coach for the Portugal national team

Fernando was born in Lisbon to his parents Francisco Santos and Maria de Lurdes Fernandes Santos

His mother sadly passed away at 83 on April 4, 2020, after a prolonged illness. He graduated in electrical and telecommunications engineering. 

Besides Portuguese, he also speaks English and Greek.

His career so far 

Fernando started his career with Benfica as a youth team player at 16. He made his senior debut with Estoril, with whom he later started his manager career after taking retirement at 33

He led Estoril to the top-tier in 1991 and went on spending a decade being in charge of Estrela da Amadora and Porto

With Porto, he won five major titles. In 2001, Fernando was appointed at AEK Athens, where he ended up winning the Greek Cup and losing the league on goal differences. 

He then joined Panathinaikos but left after four months on mutual consent. He lasted a season with Sporting Lisbon and then returned to AEK Athens, where he ended up leading the team to consecutive top-three finishes under his tenure. 

Just after a year with Benfica, he was sacked from the post. After spending three years in Greece with PAOK, he took the job at the Greece national team, qualifying the country to the EURO 2012 tournament, where the team was a success in reaching the last eight stages. 

Under him, Greece, for the first time, was able to reach the knock-out stage during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

He was appointed as a manager for Portugal national team on September 23, 2014

Under his charge, he led the team to the two major titles in the nation’s history, victory in the Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League.

Fernando Santos receiving the best coach award in 2016.
Fernando Santos receiving the best coach award in 2016. Source: YouTube

He is married to his wife for more than four decades

Fernando is happily married to his wife of more than four decades, Guilhermina Santos

His spouse is the strong woman behind his success who has been accompanying him through thick and thin. 

The pair is still together, living a blissful life with no signs of divorce. The couple resides in Cascais.

Fernando Santos with his wife Guilhermina Santos.
Fernando Santos with his wife Guilhermina Santos. Source:

Understanding and trust are the secret of a happy and long-lasting marriage

When asked about the secret of their happy and long-lasting married life, Fernando’s simple answer was understanding

He said that he continues to look at his wife with the same passion as he used to. According to him, time brings more and better, cements the love of the beginning, and brings good things. 

Adding to this, his beloved spouse replied in one word, and that was trust. A long-lasting relationship relies on understanding and trust. 

From the beginning of their relationship, his spouse has been taking care of everything, and he has trust in her. 

The couple is the proud parents of their two children

From their union, the couple became the proud parents of their two children, daughter Catia Santos and a son Pedro

Their daughter Catia, 40, is working at Funchal as a judge in one of the civil courts, “Local Court of Instance of Funchal, District of Madeira." 

She has been serving as a judge for more than a decade. At first, she served as a judge in Oeiras and later in the court of Vila Vicosa, Alentejo.

Both of their children are happily married. The couple is seen vacationing with their children and grandchildren.

Fernando Santos with wife, son Pedro, grandchildren, and son-in-law in Disneyland.
Fernando Santos with wife, son Pedro, grandchildren, and son-in-law in Disneyland. Source:

Net worth 

Fernando is committed to the Portugal national team till 2024. He is one of the highest-paid national team managers in the world. 

He receives a whopping amount of €2.25 million per year for his service to the national team. He is committed to the team till 2024.

As of 2021, his net worth is:

Net Worth Source
$1 million - $5 million Football manager and former player


  1. Fernando was born on October 10, 1954. He is currently 66 years old.

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Updated On Fri Sep 30 2022 Published On Sun Sep 05 2021 By shaumya

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