Bento Quits PortugalPaulo Bento has left his job as Portugal manager, after a horrendous World Cup. The former Sporting manager has been in charge of the Portuguese Men's Team since 2010. After he led Portugal to the semi-finals on the European Championship of 2012, Bento has said that he couldn't bring more success to the team. Bento hasn't been fired, he left the job himself, he told the press: "I'm very sorry to all of the wonderful Portuguese fans, who have supported me. I felt that after the European Cup, I couldn't do better at the World Cup, so I made the decision to quit."
The new manager of Portugal will be announced in the coming days, it is expected that Carlos Quieroz will return for his second spell, he managed Portugal between 2008 and 2010. The other candidate is Luis Figo, Portugal legend, who has recently bagged his Continental A License.
Legendary Figo Replaces Bento
After the resignation of Paulo Bento, Luis Figo has been announced as his replacement. The Portuguese FA: "We're happy to announce Luis Figo as our new manager, he has signed a 2-year-deal with us. We have full confidence Luis will bring us success in the World Championship of 2014, and if he does, his contract will most likely be extended." The current number 4 of the world on the FIFA-ranking had a good European Cup, having the likes of Ronaldo, Nani and Moutinho.
"I'm very happy that I got given this massive opportunity, as this is my first coaching job ever," Figo has said, "and I hope to bring success to this great nation! We have some great players, but the teamplay hasn't been great under Bento." Figo answered a question about how he will change the team, Figo responded: "Well, I'll be looking to change things up, and I might try Ronaldo at striker. I will also bring Quaresma back into the squad."
Figo has had a great career at Portugal, getting a staggering amount of 127 caps, in which he scored 32 goals. He was also successful on club level, with Sporting CP, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The first game Figo will be in charge, will be a qualifier for the World Cup against Azerbaijan.
Figo Takes Charge Of Former Club Sporting CP As Well
A few days after the announcement that Figo was installed as the national team manager, he will now take over from success coach Leandro Jardim, who delivered Champions League football to the Portuguese capital. Sporting had a vacancy after Jardim left for Monaco, in Ligue 1.
Figo was presented during a pre-season conference: "I've been looking to come back at Sporting for a long time, but I didn't know I would return as their manager. And to combine the duties here with those at the Poruguese team, is a big honour for me." The board also talked to the press: "We're confident Luis is able to take this club forward, and his goals for the first season are simple: qualify for the Champions League. We also expect to see a good cup run in the Taça de Liga."
Marco Silva took over from Jardim during the start of pre-season, butOs Leões, the lions, lost twice: 1-0 against Shakhtar, and 3-1 to Volyn Lutsk. The board took the decision to fire the 36-year-old after only 3 weeks in charge. Figo will be in the dug-out for the first time during a friendly against Club América, from Mexico. His first competitive match will be against Paços de Ferreira on the 18th of August.
The 42-year-old manager will have a small transfer budget in his first season: 3.5 million Euros for new players. His wage budget is believed to be in the region of 300k per week.
Goals- Win the Portuguese Premier League
- Win the Taça de Liga (FA Cup)
- Win the Champions League
- Develop young players to become legends
- Have state of the art youth facilities
- Sell a player for at least 60 million
NotesAs you can see, another story :p
The reason I stopped my Del Piero story is, I felt it got a bit boring: I was 3 seasons in, but still I only got 1 job offer, from Notts.
I'm using pr0's database, so there are updated transfers, injuries, international competitions, everything is up to date.