Santos To Quit Greece After World Cup

With Greece already slotted for this year’s World Cup in Brazil, national team soccer coach Fernando Santos is expected to announce he’ll leave the team after the tourney, Greek media reported.

The Greek soccer federation will likely announce Santos’s departure at a press conference scheduled for Feb. 27 or when the Portuguese coach announces his squad for next week’s friendly with South Korea on Feb. 28.

Santos, 59, has expressed interest in coaching a club team in the near future, according to the reports, but it didn’t specify what his choice was.

He has coached Greece since 2010 taking over from successful German coach Otto Rehhagel who led the team to a surprising Euro 2004 title, shocking the soccer world. Greece hasn’t done as well in the last two European championships, however.

But Santos has so far recorded 24 victories, 13 draws and only four losses at the helm of the Greek side.

He guided Greece to Euro 2012 by finishing first in its group with an unbeaten run of 16 matches leading it to the quarter-finals, and the team to a berth in the World Cup this June  after a play-off win over Romania following a second place finish in its group.

Santos’s contract expires after the World Cup. On the club front Santos coached Porto to one Portuguese league title, two Cups and two Super Cups, while he guided AEK Athens to a Greek Cup.