Greek Players & Clubs Praise Fernando Santos
There is no doubt that Fernando Santos sees Greece as a second home. He has coached our national team and three Greek clubs over a span of 13 years. After winning the European Championship with Portugal, he was praised by many of his former Greek players, clubs, and co-workers.
From 2001-2014, Fernando Santos worked in Greece every year with the exception of two years (Sporting Lisbon 2003-2004, Benfica 2006-2007). He first came to AEK in 2001 and moved to Panathinaikos in 2002. After a one year stay in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon, he returned to AEK in 2004 for two seasons. In 2006, he coach at Benfica for one season and came back to Greece, for PAOK, in 2007. He had a 3-year stay in Thessaloniki and took over our National Team in 2010, after the retiring of King Otto Rehhagel. In his 4 years in charge of the Ethniki, he led us to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals and the Last 16 at the 2014 World Cup.
Throughout his stay in Greece he was loved by many and his players respected him as a coach, but more importantly as a person. After winning UEFA Euro 2016 with Portugal, many of his former players and clubs congratulated and praised him for his accomplishments via social media. Take a look..
- Greek National Team: Proud of this coach, person, and Greek! @selecaoportugal #Euro2016Finale
- Kostas Katsouranis: Fernaaandooo Saaantos oe oe oe!!!@selecaoportugal #Euro2016Final #PORFRA #POR
- Kostas Katsouranis: Katsournis tweeted again earlier today, Its like I won a second Euro!
- Sokratis Papastathopoulos: Congratulations to Portugal! Is an historical moment for them! It was a nice final and France is also a great team. Congratulations to a brilliant person and a great coach, Fernando Santos. I am very happy for him as he was my coach for five years at AEK Athens and National team of Greece! #Fernando #Santos
- Kostas Manolas: Congratulations to the "giant" Fernando Santos. You fully deserve it!
- PAOK FC: Congratulations to our European Champions, Fernando Santos and Andre Vierinha. #PAOK
- AEK FC: You honored us by speaking Greek during your triumph, we will congratulate you in Portuguese. Warm congratulations Fernando, you deserve it.
- Sotiris Ninis: Congratulations Portugal!!! Congratulations Fernando Santos ! #Euro2016Final #FernandoSantos #Portugal
- Giorgios Samaras: Well Deserved Mister! Your influence make me a better person. #fernandosantos #portugal#winner #euro2016
- Demis Nikolaidis: Fernando Santos won it by himself.
- Giannis Maniatis: Well deserved coach! Congrats! #euro2016
- Stefanos Kapino: One of the greatest! Legend.
- Ivan Savvides: Loving Fernando, On behalf of the family of PAOK, of which you are apart of, I congratulate you on your triumph. I congratulate you because you led your country with honesty, belief, and effectiveness. I thank you for always keeping your strong, Greek heart. With honor, Ivan Savvides.
- AGONAsport: Of course we supported and celebrated at AGONAsport with Fernando Santos throughout Euro 2016! Before the tournament began, during, and of course after his triumph!
Even the former President of the Parliament, Zoi Konstantopoulou, went on to congratulate Santos! On twitter she wrote " Bravo to Portugal and Fernando Santos, who never forgets."
Of course, Fernando Santos did not forget to thank the Greek people for his support in his post game interview. Not only once, but twice. He said "To all the Greeks, I thank you very much, you all are always in my heart." See here and here (at 13:05)...