Paulo Bento parts company with Portugal

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has quit the national side by mutual consent, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Thursday.

AFP| Updated: Sep 11, 2014, 23:39 PM IST
Paulo Bento parts company with Portugal

Lisbon: Portugal coach Paulo Bento has quit the national side by mutual consent, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced on Thursday.

Despite being captained by star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal bowed out in the group stage of the World Cup in July.

The former Portuguese international`s last match at the helm was a 1-0 home defeat to Albania last Sunday in their first qualifying match for Euro 2016.

A tenacious, tough-tackling defensive midfielder during his playing career, the 45-year-old took over the national side in September 2010 and last April extended his contract until 2016.