Fernando Santos resigns as Portugal’s head coach. In the World Cup quarterfinals, Portugal was defeated. After Portugal’s 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal elimination,resigned as the team’s head coach. After falling to Morocco 1-0, the Selecao’s season came to a halt in a lackluster manner, with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the field in tears.
In what was probably his final appearance in the tournament, the 37-year-old was eager to lead his country to their first-ever FIFA World Cup victory, but he had to deal with a difficult campaign instead. Portugal was the favorite to defeat Morocco and advance to the World Cup’s semifinals for the very first time since 2006. However, Morocco shocked everyone by winning 1-0 to eliminate Portugal. After serving as the team’s manager since 2014, Santos has now formally announced his resignation. A new manager is expected to be named in the coming weeks, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho is one name who has been connected to the position. Despite having Portuguese nationality, he has never traveled abroad in his distinguished career. Currently, the 59-year-old is in charge of Serie A powerhouse AS Roma, but there are rumors that Portugal is prepared to make him an incredible deal by letting him continue to run the team while also managing Portugal. Given that it doesn’t happen frequently, it’s quite a prospect. When Kevin Keegan took over as England’s manager in 1999 while serving as Fulham’s head coach, he became the last person to oversee both club and nation.
Under Santos, the Portuguese squad won two championships—the Euro 2016 and the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League—but their play declined with time. Both last year at the Euros against Belgium and this year against Morocco, their inability to dismantle a team that plays low-block was exposed. The incoming manager will also have to figure out how to incorporate Ronaldo, who turns 38 in February, as well as how to get the most out of a few young players.
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