Paulo Bento


Mid-Day Ticker: Bento out as Portugal manager; Van Gaal discusses Welbeck, Chicharito departures; and more

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Portugal's disappointing defeat at the hands of underdogs Albania proved to be the final nail in Paulo Bento's coffin.

The Portuguese Football Federation announced Thursday that it had terminated the 45-year-old manager's contract by mutual consent.

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Portugal

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of predominantly non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

Portugal Striking Woes Underline Bebé’s Exclusion

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Only one Portuguese player from a major European league has managed more goals than Bebé in the past season: his name is Cristiano Ronaldo. Paulo Bento's reluctance to include the Manchester United loanee in his World Cup squad has been brought to light thanks to the dismal showings of his striking options and a swift exit at the group stage.

Fear grows for Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup participation

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Portugal's superstar was the only thing on the minds of the press today at the national side's training camp, where Cristiano Ronaldo did make an appearance but not as part of the main group.

The trailblazing Real Madrid man took things very gently, jogging on a separate field to the main training session.

Ronaldo headlines Portugal’s 30-man provisional World Cup roster

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Joao Moutinho headline a star-studded provisional World Cup squad that was named by Portugal head coach Paulo Bento on Tuesday.

Bento called in 30 players for his pre-World Cup camp, and some of the other notable selections areNani, Ricardo Quaresma, Rolando and Raul Meireles.

Benfica's Lima would be honoured to win the Quinas jersey

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Benfica striker Lima is pondering a call up by the Portuguese National squad, the 29 year old Brazilian is a dual citizen and has been applying his trade in Portugalsince 2003. The striker who moved to Benfica from Braga this season andhas chipped in8 goals in all competitions this season for the Eagles after scoring 28 last season for Braga.

Paulo Bento squad for Portugal friendly against Gabon

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Paulo Bento has named his squad for the upcoming friendly against Gabon on November 14/12. The national team coach will be looking at a new set of wingers for the encounter as both Nani and Ronaldo are sidelined for the encounter.Portugal roster:Rui Patricio (Sporting)Beto (Braga)Eduardo (Istanbul BB)Silvio(Atletico Madrid)Pepe (Real Madrid)Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)Bruno Alves (Zenit)

Será Portugal a próxima “vítima” de Tomer Hemed?

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No mesmo dia em que Portugal perdeu na Rússia por 1-0, Israel foi ganhar ao Luxemburgo por 6-0, um resultado que passou praticamente despercebido por cá... O problema é que no dia em que Portugal empatou com a Irlanda do Norte, Israel recebeu e venceu o Luxemburgo por 3-0... Conclusão, Portugal e Israel partilham a segunda posição do grupo F de qualificação para o Mundial 2014 com sete pontos, com vantagem no goal-average para a formação que ocupa a 82ª posição do ranking da FIFA, "apenas" 79 lugares abaixo da selecção orientada por Paulo Bento.

Paulo Bento announces squad for World Cu qualifiers

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Paulo Bento has named his squad for the upcoming qualifiers for World Cup 2014, Portugal plays on the 12th inRussia and then receiveNorthern Irelandat home on the 16th. Portugal roster: Rui Patricio (Sporting) Beto (Braga) Eduardo (Istanbul BB) Miguel Lopes (FC Porto) Pepe (Real Madrid) Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid) Bruno Alves (Zenit) Luis Neto(Siena) Sereno(Valladolid) Joao Pereira

Paulo Bento announces squad for World Cup qualifier

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Paulo Bento has named his squad for the upcoming qualifiers for World Cup 2014, Portugal plays on the 7th in Luxembourg and then receive Azerbaijan at home on the 11th. Portugal roster: Rui Patricio (Sporting) Beto (Braga) Eduardo (Istanbul BB) Miguel Lopes (FC Porto) Pepe (Real Madrid) Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid) Bruno Alves (Zenit) Nuno Coelho (Braga) Ricardo Costa (Valencia) Joao

Liverpool Linked With Swoop For Portuguese Midfielder

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Liverpool are being linked with a surprise swoop for former Everton midfielder Manuel Fernandes.
According to reports in the Mirror, the Merseyside giants are weighting up a bid for the £7 million-rated Portuguese, as new boss Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his squad before the start of the new season.

Future News: Portugal’s plane leaves before Cristiano Ronaldo can board

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Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to spent a few extra hours in Ukraine after missing Portugal's flight home. The team's captain and leading scorer, who earlier missed the chance to take a penalty in Portugal's Euro 2012 semifinal shootout loss when Spain won before his turn in the order, was left shaking his head and pulling up the legs of his shorts as he watched the plane fly off without him.

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Portugal handler Paulo Bento says his bedside planned their penalization pip-away against Spain, despite Cristiano Ronaldo not featuring. HTTP:// here at have all the news

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TweetPortugal crashed out of Euro 2012 after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo bizarrely not even taking one. What happened? Admittedly, without their captain, Portugal may not have even reached the last four so superb was Ronaldo's performance in overcoming the Netherlands in the Group of Death, before easing past [.

Spain through to the final after Iberian penalty drama

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Spain booked their place in the Euro 2012 final on Wednesday night after overcoming a spirited Portugal side on penalties. The Iberian rivals could not be separated after 120 minutes of tightly-contested action, with Cesc Fabregas the decisive penalty-scoring hero.

The Iberian clash

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The first semifinal in the Euro 2012 tonight will be between the two Iberian teams Portugal and Spain. Both are great teams in their own right, but Spain, as defending World- and European champions are the ones to beat for the Portuguse side that has still never won anything, but been close a few times.

Euro 2012 : Spanish Team Departs For Donetsk, Ronaldo And Pepe Win Battle Of The Stats & Sara Carbonero

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Spain vs Portugal
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The Spanish team started their journey a few hours ago from their base camp in Gdansk, Poland today to Ukraine (a a 1.5 hour flight) ahead of that exciting semi-final clash against their Iberian hermanos, Portugal tomorrow.

Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy evaluated ahead of Euro 2012 semi-finals

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16 teams made the Euro 2012 finals, but after competitive group stages and quarter-finals, four footballing heavyweights remain. Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy are all dreaming of glory in Ukraine and Poland, as Soccerlens examines their campaigns to date.

Luck Runs Out For Group A

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Carry us to the semifinal

First semi finalist known after Portugal made it through their quarter final against Czech Republic. A solitary goal separated the sides at the final whistle and this is one of those times where we cannot dispute that the better side prevailed. For a match of this significance and importance, it would be easy to classify this under a percentage type of game but it couldn't be further from the truth.

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Portugal caput handler Paulo Bento payed testimonial to his bedside's routine as they made the European Championship semi-finals. have all the games

Euro 2012: Quarterfinals Fixtures

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The group stage is behind us 60 goals in 24 matches over 12 days and now the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 are upon us. Four matches in four days, starting with the first kicking off in a few hours. Â Here are your fixtures, along with a link for each:

Thursday, 21 June 2012 More » Czech Republic 20.

Easier Than The First 3

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Flying wings

Quarter finals. Whatever happens in the group stage flies out the window. From now on, it's just about the performances and effort put in within a 90 minutes window. Failing that, an extra 30 minutes and so on. You catch my drift. Anyway, back to what I was trying to say, it comes down to being to lift your game for a singular match without worrying about how other result can affect you.

Euro 2012: Portugal’s Ballboys Turn Into Fanboys Of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fabio Coentrao and The Czech Spirit

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You've definitely hit the jackpot of all Ballboy Jackpots if you're a 15-year-old Polish ball-boy assigned to Portugal's training session. Just ask these guys in Opalenica, Poland, who lined up to get their kits signed by Real Madrid's favourite smoker, Fabio Coentrao yesterday.

Euro 2012: Paulo Bento must raise the temperature of his Portugal team

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Paulo Bento must raise the temperature of his Portugal team" was written by Kevin McCarra in Warsaw, for on Tuesday 19th June 2012 10.57 UTC

International football has a valuable role in drumming humility into some players who would otherwise be wholly besotted with themselves.

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Portugal's Paulo Bento refused to single away Cristiano Ronaldo despite his sensational show against the Netherlands, whose manager Bert avant-garde Marwijk repented "uncertainness in defence". We have all the games

Euro 2012

Mid-Day Ticker: Ronaldo talks PKs, van Marwijk resigns as Dutch coach & more

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Many have criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for waiting until the fifth shot -- an opportunity that never came -- to step up to the spot in Portugal's penalty kicks loss to Spain on Wednesday in the Euro 2012 semifinals.

It turns out it wasn't Ronaldo's idea after all.

Euro 2012: Portugal 0-0 Spain (2-4 Pens) – No Final For Ronaldo As La Roja Battle To Spot-Kick Victory (Photos & Highlights)

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As Portugal went out on penalties to Iberian rivals Spain in Donetsk, the question on everyone's lips was why the hell was Cristiano Ronaldo no. 5 on the list of penalty takers for Paulo Bento's losing side? In the end, the superstar didn't even get a chance to take one, as Bruno Alves saw his shot crash off the crossbar before Cesc Fabregas netted the deciding spot-kick (going in off the post).

Spain slip past Portugal in shootout before Cristiano Ronaldo even takes a penalty

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The 120-minute long Euro 2012 semifinal match between Spain and Portugal was roughly equivalent to watching someone slowly get a needle jabbed in their eye while a stadium full of spectators quietly did the wave to keep themselves distracted. But the shootout that followed managed to leave an even larger void -- more specifically a Ronaldo-sized void -- than everything that preceded it.

Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain vs. Portugal

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Iberian rivals Spain and Portugal do battle for one place in the Euro 2012 finals, squaring off at Donbass Stadium in Ukraine as the tournament semifinals get underway (2:45 p.m., ESPN/

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has sprung one major surprise in the defending champions' lineup.

Portugal v Spain – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 27 June 2012

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The Euro 2012 semifinals begin with 2008 champion Spain facing 2004 runner-up Portugal. The match will take place at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque

"We have to try to deactivate him (Ronaldo).

Euro Thoughts Part 5: The Quarterfinals

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I watched 2 of the Quarter Finals in the comfort of my home (Portugal vs. Czech Republic & Germany vs. Greece) and the next 2 (Spain vs. France & England vs. Italy) in a hotel lounge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It's interesting to note that the football matches paired up nicely with the viewing experience that I had for each one.

Spain breeze past the French to secure a Semi-Final spot against Portugal

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A Xabi Alonso double secured a semi final spot for the Spanish, where they will face Paulo Bento's Portugal side.

Spain began the game without a known striker, Cesc Fabregas being the furthest forward of a midfield six. Whilst averaging 64.

Stasera Germania-Grecia. In dubbio Mario Gomez, pronto il laziale Klose

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Dopo aver conosciuto ieri sera la prima semifinalista di Euro 2012, ovvero il Portogallo di Paulo Bento, giustiziere della Repubblica Ceca, stasera spazio a Germania e Grecia, dal cui incrocio uscirà il nome della seconda compagine che farà il proprio ingresso tra le prime quattro d'Europa. Tocca, dunque, alla super favorita Germania di Loew, candidataContinua a leggere .

Ronaldo Stakes Claim for World Recognition

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Cristiano Ronaldo's impressive performances at Euro 2012 have led some people placing a bet on La Liga to suggest that he is now the undisputed best player in the world.

While he still may be slightly behind Argentinian genius, Lionel Messi, in that category, there can be no argument that Portugal's talisman is gaining ground and, when at his best, is simply unplayable.

Czech Republic v Portugal – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 21 June 2012

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The Euro 2012 quarterfinals being with Group A runners Czech Republic facing Group B runner-up Portugal. The match will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Czech Republic manager Michal Bilek

"We know Portugal have dangerous players in midfield and up front, such as Nani, Hélder Postiga and [Cristiano] Ronaldo.

Portugal progress as Ronaldo returns to form

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Group B threw up two enthralling and captivating games on Sunday night, as four good teams were all still in the mix to qualify for the quarter-finals ahead of play. Germany overcame a dogged Denmark side 2-1 to progress through to the last eight, whilst

Portugal were inspired by captain Cristiano Ronaldo to also win 2-1 against Netherlands and finish as runners up in the pool.

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Ex-Portugal boss Bento named Chongqing coach

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese Super League (CSL) side Chongqing Lifan on Monday unveiled former Portugal coach Paulo Bento as their new manager, nine months after he was sacked by Greek side Olympiakos.

A tough-tackling defensive midfielder during his playing career, Bento replaces South Korea’s Chang Woe-Ryong at Chongqing, which finished 10th in the 16-team CSL in the season that just ended.

Good score for Besiktas! Olympiacos 1 - Besiktas 1

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Vincent Aboubakar bagged a potentially vital away goal for Besiktas as they fought out a 1-1 draw at managerless Olympiacos in their Europa League last-16 first leg clash. Olympiacos made the questionable decision to sack head coach Paulo Bento on Monday despite the club leading the Greek Superleague by seven points.

Emre Saye Atletico Can Challenge For Title This Season

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Atletico Madrid's new signing Emre Belozoglu believes his side have the potential to push Real Madrid and Barcelona all the way in the 2012/13 La Liga campaign.

Diego Simeone's men finished fifth last season, 44 points behind their city rivals in first, but they did win 12 consecutive European games on their way to a second Europa League title in three years and Emre is confident they can transform that success onto the domestic front.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Bento, And The Optimal Penalty Shootout Order -

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Bento, And The Optimal Penalty Shootout Order -

There's some math involved, things like leverage index and win expectancy, but someone has finally figured out the ideal order for penalty taking.