Paulo Bento Steps Down as Portugal Manager

Updated: 12 September 2014 12:51 IST

Following Portugal's disappointing World Cup campaign and a calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Portugal coach Paulo Bento left his role by mutual consent.

Paulo Bento Steps Down as Portugal Manager
File photo of Portugal manger Paulo Bento during FIFA World Cup 2014 © AFP

Paulo Bento paid for Portugal's disappointing World Cup and calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Thursday when his contract was terminated by the FPF. (Franck Ribery rules out France return)

A statement on the Portuguese football association's website confirmed the news most had been waiting for since Portugal suffered an embarrassing home defeat by Albania on Sunday. (Luis Suarez likely to make La Liga debut vs Real Madrid)

Portugal fans booed the team after the 1-0 defeat by Albania, heaping pressure on the 45-year-old Bento.

The former Benfica player took over the national team in 2010, leading Portugal to the World Cup via playoff win against Sweden.

They began with a 4-0 hammering by Germany and although they drew with the United States and beat Ghana they failed to reach the knockout stages.

Topics : Portugal Football
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