Coach Fernando Santos has parted ways with the Portuguese national team.
The Portuguese Football Association officially announced his dismissal on the 16th (Korean time), saying, “Thank you for the service provided by coach Santos and his technical team for 8 years. Also, thank you on behalf of the Portuguese people.”
Coach Santos is a person who made a big contribution to the Portuguese national team. He led Portugal to Euro 2016 and to the top of the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
However, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was not good. Portugal was eliminated by Morocco in the quarterfinals. An even bigger problem than this was the feud with Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo complained about being substituted out against Korea in the third group stage match. Afterwards, coach Santos did not start Ronaldo against Switzerland in the round of 16 and Morocco in the quarterfinals. In the end, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
When the news of Santos’ breakup spread, many Portuguese players expressed their gratitude. However, the Portuguese national team ‘nine’ players were silent without saying anything. In other words, he ‘turned away’ from the resignation of manager Santos. Claims were raised that the ‘ringleader’ was Ronaldo.
Portugal’s ‘A Bola’ reported, “Even though he shared the Euro 2016 title and also won the Nations League, nine Portuguese players remained silent after Santos’ dismissal. This is like talking about a split between the Portuguese squad.” .메이저사이트
The media added, “Ronaldo is leading a group of players who are silent to coach Santos. Ronaldo did not even meet Santos coach after being eliminated from the game against Morocco.”
According to the media, the other eight players who were ignored by coach Santos are as follows. They are Diogo Costa, José Sa, Diogo Dalot, Antonio Silva, Joao Palinha, Ruben Neves, Ricardo Horta and Rafael Leão.