Official: Portugal Appoint Paulo Bento As Manager

Former Sporting boss signs deal to 2012...
The Portuguese Football Federation [FPF] have moved quickly to replace sacked manager Carlos Queiroz by appointing former Sporting CP coach Paulo Bento.

The 41-year-old has signed a deal until 2012, and left Sporting last year after four seasons in charge.

The former Portuguese international, who played 35 games for the side, will need to galvanise a side low on confidence after a slow start to Euro 2012 qualifying, with his first game coming on October 8 against Denmark.

The FPF will hold a news conference on Wednesday to officially unveil the new team.

Queiroz was suspended following his interruption of a doping testing session, and had originally been given a one month suspension by the FPF in late August, only for Portugal's anti-doping authority to extend the ban to six months.

Queiroz and his Portuguese international players were the subject of a surprise, yet routine, visit by anti-doping doctors in late May, and the 57-year-old has admitted to agressive verbal behaviour in their presence.

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