. On the same day, the information was confirmed by the president of PZPN, Cezary Kulesza, and the official presentation of the Portuguese coach is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:00 pm. The new coach intends to become associated with Poland not only by managing the team.
Fernando Santos is different from his compatriot Paulo Sousa. He will live in Poland
Fernando Santos will live in Warsaw while working with the Polish national team. The new coach follows a different path than his compatriot Paulo Sousa, who as a selector only flew to the country if necessary. Sousa has been criticized many times for not being in Poland too often and reluctantly appearing at Ekstraklasa matches.
This problem also recurred in the case of another foreign coach, Leo Beenhakker. Initially, the Dutchman lived in Warsaw, but in the last months of his work with the Polish national team, he spent more time in Rotterdam, where he advised Feyenoord.
Fernando Santos will make his debut for the Polish national team in the European Championship qualifying match. The Biało-Czerwoni will play on March 24 against the Czech Republic in Prague. The coach’s first match in Poland will be against Albania scheduled for March 27.
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As coach of the Portugal national team, Fernando Santos won Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019. He has also promoted with the Greek national team to Euro 2012, the Portuguese championship and two Portuguese Cups with FC Porto and the Greek Cup with AEK Ana.
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