ATHENS - Former PAOK Salonika and Porto
coach Fernando Santos is to take charge of Greece, succeeding
German Otto Rehhagel.
"Fernando Santos will be the new coach of the national team
for the next two years," the Hellenic Football Federation said
in a brief statement on Thursday.
Rehhagel's contract expired following Greece's World Cup
first-round exit in South Africa last week.
Portuguese Santos, 55, is to be officially presented at a
news conference on Friday. His first match will be a friendly in
Serbia on Aug. 11 before the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign gets
underway the following month.
In May he ended a three-year stay at PAOK despite the
prospect of Champions League football next season.
Santos opted not to renew his contract after guiding the
team into the Champions League qualifying rounds by winning the
He was selected by the Football League in February as
Greece's coach of the decade at a ceremony to celebrate the last
50 years of football in the country.
Santos has also had spells at Panathinaikos and AEK Athens,
the club he led to Greek Cup success in 2002.
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