Morocco fans celebrate in Antwerp after qualifying for the 2022 World Cup semi-finals (Twitter)
After many rumors since the expulsion of the Portugal national team from the World Cup in Qatar with the 1:0 loss to Morocco in the quarter-finals, this evening (Thursday) Fernando Santos officially ended his role as coach of the Portuguese national team.
The 68-year-old coach who guided Cristiano Ronaldo and his friends since September 2014 and managed in 109 games to win Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019, was fired after the failure in the current tournament by Fernando Gomes, the president of the Portuguese Federation.
Santos was at the center of things in the World Cup in Qatar, after he decided to bench the captain of the national team - Cristiano Ronaldo - in a decision that caused a lot of controversy in the country and around the world.
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Santos (Photo: Reuters)
According to reports in Portugal, the decision was made only after the loss to Morocco in the quarter-finals, and in the coming weeks a decision will be made to appoint a replacement for Santos, with one of the leading candidates being Roma coach Jose Mourinho.
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