Portuguese old coach Fernando Santos He was appointed as the team’s new head coach besiktasthe iconic club of the Turkish Liga 1 was announced this Sunday.
Istanbul hopes the 69-year-old coach can help them secure a ticket to the next Champions League.
he besiktas He currently ranks sixth in the standings excellent The Turkish League Championship is already halfway through. They are 18 points away from automatically qualifying for the next Champions League.
Santos faces this new challenge after a brief spell as Poland coach, which saw him fail to directly help Robert Lewandowski’s side qualify for Euro 2024.
Santos’ most glorious coaching period was as the head coach of the Portuguese team (2014-2022). He is the coach who led the national team to win the 2016 European Cup.
He has no experience in Turkish football, but he has experience in neighboring Greece, where he coached important clubs (AEK Athens, Panathinaikos, PAOK Thessaloniki) before becoming a coach in that country (2010-2014) , helped the Greek team advance to the knockout rounds of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
in his history, besiktas He is a 21-time Turkish champion and this season he is leading the former midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool.
Asked about Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese was consulted over his decision to leave the bench cristiano ronaldoin the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals, after players lost their temper. Portugal Santos played down the incident in the eventual loss to Morocco.
“This is a decision based on tactics and strategy, not personal. The team is important. If we win and go on to the World Cup, there won’t be so much talk about it,” concluded the new Besiktas coach.