Santos named Poland coach

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WARSAW:

Fernando Santos, who was the Portuguese nationwide staff’s supervisor till final month, was on Tuesday named as Poland’s new coach.

“From today, I am Polish. I am one of you,” Santos declared on the official ceremony in Warsaw.

“It is an honour to continue my work as a trainer here,” he added.

“I am convinced that we will work hard to give the Poles a lot of joy. I am sure that we will achieve success,” Santos instructed journalists on the press convention referred to as to announce the nomination.

Santos, 68, succeeds Czeslaw Michniewicz, who was sacked final month following a last-16 elimination on the World Cup in Qatar.

Poland completed second of their group, beating Saudi Arabia, drawing with Mexico and shedding to eventual champions Argentina.

In the final 16 for the primary time in 36 years, they went out after a tame 3-1 defeat by the hands of eventual runners-up France.

Lisbon-born Santos stop as Portugal coach in December, following the staff’s shock World Cup quarter-final loss to Morocco.

Appointed coach of Portugal in September 2014, Santos received the nation’s first main title at Euro 2016 and adopted it up with the 2019 Nations League.

However, his time in cost additionally noticed last-16 exits on the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

Santos additionally coached the Greece nationwide staff from 2010-2014.

“The choice was difficult but we have chosen the best,” mentioned Cezary Kulesza, head of the Polish soccer federation.

“Our first objective is to qualify for the European Championship” which is able to happen in Germany in 2024, he added.

When he first revealed the brand new coach’s title, Kulesza misspoke, calling him “Felipe” as an alternative of Fernando, drawing ridicule from native media.

In one among his first interviews to Polish media, Santos instructed the Interia information web site that his major focus was on profitable.

“Football is not a painting nor… Chopin’s music. It is much more simple: if you don’t concede goals and you score, then you win. That’s all”.

Santos mentioned he deliberate to move to Warsaw and get to know the staff.

“I don’t want to be the guy that you see only during the matches and on the special occasions,” he mentioned.

“I want to get to know the people of Polish football and I want them to get to know me.”