Fernando Santos Announced as New Portugal Coach


Photo: Getty Images Europe

Photo: Getty Images Europe

The Portuguese Football Federation announced today that Fernando Santos is the new coach of the Portuguese National Football Team, following the dismissal of Paulo Bento earlier this month. Santos had been a favorite for the job, but there was much speculation surrounding the open position, with the likes of Roberto Mancini and Vitor Pereira also touted for the job. Santos will take over the team immediately, but there are some uncertainties, as he is currently in the midst of an eight-match ban as a result of his antics while coaching the Greek National Team at this summer’s World Cup.  Continue reading

Portugal Approach Mourinho About Vacant Hot Seat


Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail has flown to Spain in order to negotiate the hiring of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for the Seleccao’s two upcoming games. Portugal are currently without a coach after the firing of Carlos Queiroz and Madail is trying to take the matter into his own hands. After these upcoming two games, the Seleccao doesn’t have another Euro 2012 qualification match until June 2011. That is plenty of time for the Federation to made a decision as to who will coach the National Team. Paulo Bento is currently in pole-position to land the job, but there are others in the mix too. News leaked out of Portugal last night that Paulo Bento had indeed been offered and accepted the job of Portugal manager. Bento denyed that rumor, saying: “I want to make it clear that I have not signed anything, nor have I been contacted by anyone from the FPF.”