Paulo Bento is new Portugal coach
Former Portuguese national team player Paulo Bento has been
appointed coach of his country’s national team.
The Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement on its
website Tuesday that Bento has accepted a contract through to the
2012 European Championship. His only previous senior coaching
experience was at Sporting Lisbon from 2005-09.
The 41-year-old replaces Carlos Queiroz, who was fired this
The federation tried unsuccessfully to hire Real Madrid’s Jose
Mourinho as an interim coach for its next qualifiers, against
Denmark on Oct. 8 and Iceland four days later. Portugal is
currently fourth in Group H with one point.
Bento made 35 appearances for Portugal as a defensive midfielder
before retiring in 2003.