Fernando Castro Santos

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Fernando Castro Santos
Personal information
Full name Fernando Castro Santos
Date of birth (1952-02-20) 20 February 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Poio, Spain
Teams managed
Years Team
1983–1988 Pontevedra
1988–1989 Arenteiro
1989–1995 Compostela
1995–1997 Celta
1997–1998 Braga
1998–1999 Sevilla
1999–2000 Tenerife
2000–2002 Poli Ejido
2002–2003 Braga
2003 Córdoba
2004–2005 Almería
2006–2007 Vecindario
2008 Poli Ejido
2010 Leixões
2010–2011 Pontevedra

Fernando Castro Santos (born 20 February 1952) is a Spanish football manager.

During his career, he worked in several clubs in his country as well as in Portugal.

Football career

Born in Poio, Province of Pontevedra, Santos began working as a manager at only 30 with local Pontevedra CF, before moving to Galician neighbours SD Compostela in 1989. During his six-year spell at the latter club, he led it from the fourth division to La Liga.

After helping Compos retain their top flight status in the 1994–95 season,[1] Santos stayed in the region, signing with Celta de Vigo and remaining there for two years.[2] He started the 1997–98 campaign in Portugal with S.C. Braga, being sacked after a few months (the side eventually reached the domestic cup final) and returning to his country with Sevilla FC, in the second level.

Leaving Sevilla in the summer 1999 after the team's top division promotion, Santos spent the following years at CD Tenerife, Polideportivo Ejido,[3] Córdoba CF, UD Almería and UD Vecindario – all in the country's second level, safe for 2000–01; he also spent some of the 2002–03 season again at Braga, meeting the same fate.

On 9 February 2010, Santos returned to Portugal as a replacement for sacked José Mota at Leixões SC.[4] On 21 October, he returned to his first club Pontevedra after taking over from Ángel Viadero.

Personal life

Castro Santos' son, Diego Castro, is a professional footballer. A winger, he represented with success Sporting de Gijón, playing several seasons in the Spanish first division.[5]


  1. "Un Compos de Primera" (in Spanish). Míticos del Balompié. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2015. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Fernando Castro Santos; Diario de Córdoba, 23 October 2003 (Spanish)
  3. "Castro Santos sustituye a Tapia" (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 31 October 2001. Retrieved 5 April 2016. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Castro Santos no Leixões (Castro Santos at Leixões); Leixões' official website, 9 February 2010 (Portuguese)
  5. Diego Castro y Fernando Castro Santos, duelo entre padre e hijo en Segunda (Diego Castro and Fernando Castro Santos, father-son duel in Segunda); Hoy Sport, 23 January 2008 (Spanish)

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