Portugal coach Paulo Bento pays the price of failure

Paulo Bento paid for Portugal`s disappointing World Cup and calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Thursday when his contract was terminated by the FPF.

Reuters| Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 09:09 AM IST
Portugal coach Paulo Bento pays the price of failure

Lisbon: Paulo Bento paid for Portugal`s disappointing World Cup and calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Thursday when his contract was terminated by the FPF.

A statement on the Portuguese football association`s website confirmed the news most had been waiting for since Portugal suffered an embarrassing home defeat by Albania on Sunday.

Portugal fans booed the team after the 1-0 defeat by Albania, heaping pressure on the 45-year-old Bento.

The former Benfica player took over the national team in 2010, leading Portugal to the World Cup via playoff win against Sweden.

They began with a 4-0 hammering by Germany and although they drew with the United States and beat Ghana they failed to reach the knockout stages.