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Portugal coach Fernando Santos quits after World Cup exit in quarterfinals

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos quits after World Cup exit in quarterfinals

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has stop, the Portuguese soccer federation introduced Thursday, after eight years within the job and 5 days after Portugal’s exit from the World Cup within the quarterfinals.

The 68-year-old Santos reached an amicable settlement with the federation to go away two years earlier than his contract ends, an announcement mentioned.

The federation named no alternative for Santos and mentioned it was beginning its search.

Santos led Portugal to the 2016 European Championship title — the nation’s first worldwide trophy — and the inaugural UEFA Nations League title in 2019.

Portugal left Qatar after a 1-0 loss to Morocco within the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

𝗢𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗱𝗼 por tudo, Mister Fernando Santos. 🤝 #VesteABandeira

— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) December 15, 2022

The Portuguese squad had an enviable depth of expertise and gained its opening two video games within the group stage. In the spherical of 16, it made a splash by thrashing Switzerland 6-1.

But Portugal’s early departure from Qatar was extensively considered an underachievement.

Whoever takes over faces a tough query of the way to handle Cristiano Ronaldo’s future function within the workforce.

The 37-year-old star, who has made 5 appearances at World Cups over 16 years and is Portugal’s file scorer and best ever participant, was dropped from the beginning lineup for the Switzerland recreation when a brand new era of Portuguese gamers emphatically made their mark.

Against Morocco, he once more began on the bench.

Those tactical choices induced friction between Santos and his star participant, who left the sphere in tears after the Morocco defeat.

In a later Instagram submit, Ronaldo mentioned his dream of successful the World Cup had “ended,” however he didn’t say he would retire from worldwide obligation.

Portugal’s qualifying marketing campaign for Euro 2024, a minimum of, seems easy. In Group J its opponents are Bosnia, Iceland, Slovakia, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

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Portugal’s subsequent worldwide video games are in March.