Who is Nuno Santo, the new Al Ittihad coach?

Everything you need to know about the Portuguese Nuno Santo, the new coach of the Saudi Al-Ittihad Club.

The Saudi Al-Ittihad Club officially announced on Monday evening, July 4, 2022, that Portuguese Nuno Santo will coach the squad, replacing Romanian Cosmin Contra.

Al-Ittihad switched to sign Nuno Santo after Cosmin Contra failed to win the Saudi Professional League title last season, despite the “Brigade” being the closest to winning the title for a long period of the season.

The federation announced the deal with Nuno Santo with a contract that runs until the summer of 2024, while reports show that he and his assistants will receive five million euros annually.

But who is Nuno Santo, Al Ittihad’s new coach? What are the highlights of his coaching career and his most important achievements? We’ll discuss all this and more with you in GOAL’s next report.

Who is Nuno Santo, the new Al Ittihad coach?

Nuno Espirito Santo was born on January 25, 1974, at the age of 48.

Santo started his football career as a goalkeeper for Vitoria Guimarães in 1992.

The pinnacle of Nuno Santo’s career was playing for Porto between 2002 and 2004 under Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho.

Nuno Santo did not play regularly with Porto during that period, with Portuguese legend Vitor Baja as the starting goalkeeper.

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That period was the most successful in Nuno Santo’s career as a player, seeing him win two Portuguese league titles and a Portuguese Cup, but the most important crowning achievement was winning the Champions League and European Union Cup.

Nuno Santo left Porto in 2004 for Russian club Dinamo Moscow, but returned to Porto in 2007 after a short trip with Portuguese Aves, retiring in 2010.

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Nuno Santo started his coaching career immediately after his retirement and relied on Mourinho’s training ideas, as he previously confirmed.

Nuno Santo started his coaching career with Rio Ave in 2012 and continued his coaching until 2014.

In his second season, he reached the Portuguese Cup final and led the team to the European League for the first time in its history.

In the summer of 2014, Nuno Santo signed a one-season contract with Valencia and in January 2015 he agreed to extend his contract until 2018.

Nuno Santo finished his first season with Valencia in fourth place and qualified for the Champions League, and was awarded the Coach of the Month three times.

But he decided to resign in November 2015, after a loss to Sevilla and a poor start to the season in La Liga and the Champions League.

In June 2016, Nuno Santo moved to coach Porto on a two-year contract, but was sacked in May 2017 after Porto failed to win the Portuguese league title.

Weeks after his resignation from Porto coaching, Nuno Santo started the most prominent station in his coaching career, when he went on to manage English club Wolverhampton.

Nuno Santo continued to coach Wolverhampton until the summer of 2021, when he led the team to the English Premier League in its inaugural season.

Wolves put in a very remarkable performance under Nuno Santo until he decided to leave in May 2021 after his contract was terminated by mutual consent at the end of the 2020-21 season.

In June 2021, Nuno Santo took over Tottenham Hotspur on a two-year contract.

In August 2021, Tottenham, led by Nuno Santo, made the team’s best start in the Premier League by winning the first three games of the season to win the Premier League Manager of the Month.

But in November 2021, Nuno Santo was sacked after a string of negative results, with the team losing five of their seven Premier League games.

What are Nuno Santo’s most notable achievements as a coach?

Nuno Santo has won just one title in his career as a coach, being the English Premier League “Championship” in the 2017-18 season.

On an individual level, he won the La Liga Coach of the Month three times, the Premier League Coach of the Month once and the Premier League Coach of the Month four times.

The most prominent individual honor he received was the English Coaches Association Award for Wolves’ performance in the 2017-18 First Division season.