Poland hires Fernando Santos as coach

WARSAW (AP) — Fernando Santos is the new coach of Poland’s national team. His appointment has been announced by the head of Poland’s soccer association. Santos is the former coach of his native Portugal. The 68-year-old Santos will be coaching a team captained by Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski. Santos is Poland’s third foreign-born coach after Dutchman Leo Beenhakker and fellow Portuguese Paulo Sousa. His task is to improve Poland’s underwhelming record at recent major tournaments. Poland didn’t extend the contract of coach Czeslaw Michniewicz after reaching the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Michniewicz’s contract ended Dec. 31.

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