The three biggest clubs in Greece each have a Portuguese manager
The Portuguese-Greek connection in football has often been discussed – but it seems to be reaching an entirely new level.
Currently in the Greek game, all three clubs that finished in the top 3 of the Greek Super League last season have a Portuguese manager.
They are also generally very much seen as the “Big Three” in the country, being PAOK, Olympiakos and AEK Athens, showing the strong Portuguese influence on Greek football.
Pedro Martins arrived in Greece first; he oversaw the whole of last campaign, and remains with Greek giants Olympiakos now after finishing 2nd in the league on an impressive 75 points, a huge 18 points more than the season prior.
Miguel Cardoso was the next to arrive, joining 3rd place finishers AEK Athens in May. He'll be hoping for better fortunes in this job, having had a torrid time in his last two jobs with Nantes and Celta Vigo.
And Abel Ferreira is the latest to arrive, joining Greek champions PAOK from Braga. He has very big shoes to fill, with PAOK having just come off the back of an unbeaten league season.
It is sure to be a fascinating season to watch unfold for a fans of Portuguese football to see who exceeds expectations, and who ultimately falls short.
Will they all remain in their respective hot-seats come the end of the season? Only time will tell.
And that’s not all… There are, in fact, four Portuguese managers currently in the Greek Super League.
In addition to the top 3 sides having a Portuguese manager, Panetolikos have a Portuguese manager of their own - Luis Castro.
Only 39 years of age, Castro is certainly one of the younger managers in the game, having previously been the head coach of the Guimaraes U23s. He arrived at Panetolikos this summer.