With the International break on as Portugal was set to play Albania in Group I Qualifying there was a lot of interesting stories to read. So here is a review of what hit the headlines this week in Portuguese Football: Continue reading
Former Sporting boss Paulo Bento has taken over the Portuguese hot seat from Carlos Queiroz. His contract will run from now until July 2012. Hopefully, Bento will be able to revitalize the Seleccao, currently in quite a lackluster form. Paulo Bento stressed that the team needs to think of itself as one collective unit, not a collection of individual stars.“We have quality, willingness and motivation to achieve this, and I believe that the players will make it so. I am positive no player is even contemplating not being at Euro 2012,” said Bento. One possible positive that may help Bento be a greater coach than Queiroz is that Bento has experienced playing as a player on the field for the National Team. He will understand what is running through a player’s mind as he makes his debut, or as he appears at his first World Cup. This knowledge could prove invaluable. Apparently, former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre was interested in the job too.
Carlos Queiroz has officially be fired from his post os Portuguese National Team Manager, according to the Portuguese Football Federation. Queiroz is currently serving his six month ban after allegedly hindering pre-World Cup doing testing. The testers evidently came unexpectedly during the players’ downtime, which angered Queiroz. The favorite for the job as national team coach is former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Bento , but others are being considered, such as Luis Aragones. Manuel Pellegrini would be my ideal choice for the job as he knows how to play Ronaldo to his fullest, but the federation most likely wants a Portuguese coach. Queiroz’s firing may have happened too late, with Portugal’s Euro 2012 qualification hanging in the balance after some abysmal coaching, or lack thereof.