Former Portuguese coach Fernando Santos in charge of Poland

Former Portuguese coach Fernando Santos in charge of Poland

Former Portuguese coach Fernando Santos in charge of Poland

Fernando Santos LUSA – ESTELA SILVA

Former Portugal coach Fernando Santos was named head of the Poland national soccer team in an official ceremony on Tuesday (January 24) in Warsaw. The new coach will succeed Czeslaw Michniewicz, dismissed last month after taking the Eagles to the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar, where they were eliminated (3-1) by France, future finalist. Poland finished second in their group, behind eventual champions Argentina (2-0 winner), after beating Saudi Arabia (2-0) and drawing with Mexico (0-0). Fernando Santos managed the Portuguese national team from 2014 until his resignation last month after the team’s upset 1-0 defeat in the World Cup quarterfinals against Morocco. He offered Portugal its first major title with the European champion crown in 2016 in France, then won the 2019 Nations League on home soil. However, his tenure was also clouded by the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

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