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Portugal confirm appointment of Paulo Bento

Portugal have confirmed the appointment of former Sporting Lisbon boss Paulo Bento as the new coach of the country's national team.

Bento, who won 35 caps for Portugal during his playing days, replaces Carlos Queiroz, who was sacked following disciplinary problems and a disappointing start to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

After Real Madrid opposed any attempts to employ Jose Mourinho in a caretaker capacity, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has turned to Bento to lead the country.

Bento represented his country at both Euro 2000 and the World Cup finals in 2002, before going on to spend four years coaching Sporting and winning the Portuguese Cup in both 2007 and 2008.

Bento's contract with Portugal expires in the summer of 2012 and his first game comes against second-placed Denmark on October 8.

He will be assisted in the role by Leonel Pontes and Joao Aroso will be his physio. Another former Sporting man, Ricardo Peres, will be Bento's goalkeeper coach.

"Paulo Bento and other technical team signed a deal until July 2012 and will be presented at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, September 22 at 12.00, at the headquarters of the FPF,'' read a statement.

Portugal currently sit fourth in Group H having drawn 4-4 at home to Cyprus and lost 1-0 away at Norway, who currently top the group.


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