Friday, 11th April, 2014

Portugal manager Paulo Bento has agreed a new two-year contract extension which will keep him with the national squad until UEFA Euro 2016.

The former Sporting Lisbon boss took charge of the team in 2010 after the sacking of Carlos Queiroz.

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He then led the Portugal team to the Euro 2012 semi-finals in Ukraine and Poland, eventually losing to Spain on penalties.

He has also been instrumental in guiding the team to the World Cup in Brazil this year after beating Sweden in the playoffs.


Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) president Fernando Gomes said in a statement: "We made an overall assessment of the period we have worked together.

"We think that, on the basis of results achieved, working methods, commitment to the FPF and work with other technical areas within the organisation, Paulo Bento should extend his contract for two more years."

The 44-year-old on his part has welcomed the opportunity, expressing his feelings regarding the extension offer.

"It is an honour to continue to serve my country.

"I have never hidden the fact I like working at the Portuguese Football Federation, where I feel I can continue to develop a project that aims to get results with the national team but also has a rewarding strategic aspect", Bento added.

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