Santos agrees two-year extension

Greece coach Fernando Santos has accepted a two-year extension to his contract, Greek Federation president Sofoklis Pilavios revealed today.

The Portuguese coach's contract was to expire after UEFA EURO 2012, which Greece is participating in for the third time, but the federation's board of directors offered Santos the extension until after the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Santos, 57, took over from successful German coach Otto Rehhagel shortly after Greece's second appearance at the FIFA World Cup in June 2010.

He helped the Greek team qualify for EURO 2012 by finishing first in their group and had a string of 16 unbeaten matches.

Before taking over the coaching reigns for the Greek national team, he coached club teams Estoril (1987-1994), Estrela da Amadora (1994-98), FC Porto (1998-2001), AEK Athens (2001-02 and 2004-06), Panathinaikos (2002-03), Sporting CP (2003-04), Benfica (2006-07) and PAOK Salonika (2007-10).

He led Porto to one Portuguese league title, two cups and two Super Cups, while he guided AEK to a Greek Cup.