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Fernando Santos has achieved a lot of success during his four years as the national team manager of Greece, but he has revealed his decision to step down from the post after the end of the World Cup 2014. Greece qualified for this major tournament and will be playing alongside Colombia, Ivory Coast, and Japan in the group stages. Hence, there is a very good possibility that the nation will be in the knockout stages of the tournament, which in itself will be considered as a major achievement. Greece did extremely well at the recent Euro 2012 when they reached the quarter-finals.
This led to a lot of praise for Santos, who is now prepared to give way for new managers to take this Greece team to greater heights. The Euro 2004 champions will now be unveiling a new manager, whose identity will be learnt after the tournament. It is highly likely that the Greek FA will appoint a successor before the qualification campaign for Euro 2016 begins in September. Santos has been in charge of the national team since 2010 and his major achievement has been getting the nation to quarter-finals of the Euro 2012.
It is understood that the Greek FA did offer him a contract extension, but he has turned down.
“I’ve just informed the members of EPO administrative council that Fernando Santos will end his tenure at the helm of the Greek national team after the World Cup finals. It is obvious that, despite his decision not to extend his contract, we have the highest regard for Mr Santos and won’t deviate from our efforts to achieve our common goals in the upcoming World Cup. My priority now is to provide the ideal solution for the national coach position,” said Santos in a recent statement.
Greece lost the recent friendly 2-0 to Korea Republic.
Despite having lesser known players, Greece managed to seal a place in the World Cup 2014, which will be held in Brazil. A lot of praise has gone to manager Fernando Santos, who has stated that Greece were able to qualify because they believed in themselves. The nation, which surprised everyone by winning the Euro 2004, are not one of the candidates to win the World Cup. However, they are expected to get past the group stages and make an appearance in the knockout phase.
They have been grouped alongside teams like Ivory Coast and Japan. They are considered as good teams, but not exceptional when compared with Greece. Hence, Santos is confident of creating an impact at the World Cup. The nation did not manage to qualify for the tournament automatically, but had to do it through the play-offs. They managed to beat Romania 4-2 in the play-offs. Despite a national level financial crisis, Santos has lauded the attitude of the fans, who have been supporting their team by travelling for most of the away matches.
As for the tournament itself, Santos says that Greece are targeting getting out of the group stages first and foremost. If they do so, this would be the first time Greece have qualified for the knockout stages.
“We’re definitely aiming to get through the group phase, which is something Greece have never achieved at the World Cup. That’s the dream. We’re aiming to get off to a winning start and also try and slightly change the image people have of Greek football. If we can do that, I think we’re in with a chance of getting through the group phase. After that, it’s about taking things one game at a time. One thing’s for sure: we’re not going to Brazil just to see the sights,” said Santos.
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