Friday Feb 03, 2023

Portugal Coach Fernando Santos Leaves After World Cup Exit

Fernando Santos

Fernando Santos, who has been generally censured for his strategies, became Portugal mentor in 2014, drove the country in 109 matches and won the Euro 2016

Fernando Santos has found employment elsewhere as Portugal mentor after his group lost to Morocco in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, the Portuguese Football Organization (FPF) said on Thursday

The Portuguese experienced a shock 1-0 loss by Morocco in Qatar on Saturday, after Santos began with the nation’s untouched record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo on the substitutes’ seat.

“After quite possibly of the best support ever by the public group in the last phases of the World Cup… FPF and Fernando Santos comprehend this is the right second to begin another cycle,” the FPF said in a proclamation.

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Santos, who has been broadly censured for his strategies, became Portugal mentor in 2014 and drove the country in 109 matches. They brought home the European Title in 2016 and UEFA’s debut Countries Association in 2018-19.

Santos signals during the World Cup quarterfinal match among Morocco and Portugal | Photograph Credit: AP

Fernando Santos has found employment elsewhere as Portugal mentor after his group lost to Morocco in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, the Portuguese Football Organization (FPF) said on Thursday

The Portuguese experienced a shock 1-0 loss by Morocco in Qatar on Saturday, after Santos began with the nation’s untouched record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo on the substitutes’ seat.

“After quite possibly of the best support ever by the public group in the last phases of the World Cup… FPF and Fernando Santos comprehend this is the right second to begin another cycle,” the FPF said in a proclamation.

Santos, who has been broadly censured for his strategies, became Portugal mentor in 2014 and drove the country in 109 matches. They came out on top for the European Title in 2016 and UEFA’s debut Countries Association in 2018-19.

“Notwithstanding the titles won, Fernando Santos turned into the mentor with the most games and most triumphs,” FPF said. “It was a distinction to have a mentor and an individual like Fernando Santos as the top of the public group.”

FPF said its board would now begin the method involved with choosing another administrator.

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