LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal coach Paulo Bento has quit because of poor results, including a 1-0 shock defeat against Albania.
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Bento's departure was by mutual agreement, with the Portuguese Football Federation confirming the news in a statement on Thursday and claiming his replacement would be announced soon,
Bento first took charge four years ago and steered Portugal to the 2012 European Championship semifinals. But at this year's World Cup...
Three quick points on Portugal's 1-0 loss to Albania in their opening qualification fixture for the 2016 European Championship:
1. Finding creativity minus Cristiano
After the painful sight of seeing him strain every frayed sinew at the World Cup, it was almost a relief that the indefatigable Cristiano Ronaldo dropped out of this Euro 2016 qualification tie through injury.
Much like fellow titan Lionel Messi last season, there had been a sense that Portugal's captain had been "paying the bill" (to...
Portugal slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home to Albania in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier as any hopes of bouncing back from a miserable World Cup were shattered.
A stunning volley from Bekim Balaj early in the second half decided the match, with the hosts, without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo, unable to muster a response.
The Portuguese crashed out in the group stages in Brazil and this was another setback for a team which still included a host of household names.
The home side started...