Portugal was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the hands of Morocco (1-0), and Portugal separated from its coach, Fernando Santos. It has been in place since 2014.
Euro and the League of Nations. Fernando Santos helped the Seleção win their first two titles, but on Thursday, December 15, the story of the Portuguese selection ends for him.
Elimination in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup against Morocco (1-0) was certainly too much for the Portuguese federation. Since Euro 2016 and the first edition of the League of Nations in 2019, which Portugal won, Fernando Santos has not managed to raise the level of Portuguese players so high.
In 2018, the player dubbed “The Architect” by fans led the Portuguese to the Round of 16. They were eliminated by Uruguay (2-1). During Euro 2020, Fernando Santos’ players path stopped in the eighth against Belgium (1-0).
Despite a fairly good performance at the World Cup (Portugal took first place in Group H) and reached the quarterfinals, the defeat to Morocco was fatal for the 68-year-old coach.
According to the Portuguese media, the Portuguese Federation and Fernando Santos parted amicably. Portugal is the seventh country to part with its coach at the 2022 World Cup (Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, South Korea and Ghana).
Several names are already being circulated to replace it. Especially Jose Mourinho, who is currently coaching the Italian club Roma. case to follow.
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