Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Queiroz's exit pleases fans
by Paul Kennedy, September 9th, 2010 9:22PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  portugal

MOST COMMENTED

[PORTUGAL] Portugal national team coach Carlos Queiroz was fired even though he wasn't on the sidelines for his team's disastrous start to its Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Queiroz had been suspended by the Portuguese soccer federation for two games for insulting anti-doping agents who came to the Portuguese national team's training camp before the World Cup to administer surprise doping tests. But he then had the ban increased to six months by the country's anti-doping body.

Queiroz claimed the ban was "erroneous and abusive" but paid the price for Portugal's results in its first two games without him.

Portugal, which was without injured star Cristiano Ronaldo, had to settle for a 4-4 tie at home with Cyprus and 1-0 loss to Norway away on Tuesday.

It gave up as many goals against Cyprus as it had in its previous 19 games combined. Goalie Eduardo, recently transferred from Braga to Genoa in Italy, looked shaky on the Cypriots' tying goal late in the game, and he and his Portuguese teammates were whistled off the field by their home fans. Against Norway, Eduardo's failed clearance led to the game's only goal.

Some players supported Queiroz, while others simply wanted the matter settled once and for all.

Fans almost unanimously favored the coach's firing if only to put the affair to rest.

Queiroz made a name for himself as the coach of Portugal's U-20 team that won back-to-back World Youth Cups and spawned its "Golden Generation" of stars.

He briefly coached MLS's MetroStars in 1996 and served as an advisor to U.S. Soccer. His most visible roles were as an assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester and as the head coach at Real Madrid.



0 comments
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 10, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
    His U-20 success was followed by failure...and still Portugal picked him for WC2010...a Rongen clone.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Three takeaways from USA-Switzerland     
After beating a traditional power, Norway, 2-1, to start their Algarve Cup campaign, the U.S. women ...
Audi becomes MLS auto partner    
Audi has entered into a multi-year partnership with Major League Soccer, making it the league's official ...
MLS Preseason Power Rankings: Revs start on top     
Our first edition of the MLS Power Rankings is based somewhat on last season's performance, with ...
What They're Saying: Bill Peterson    
"I don't think what's being called 'free agency' is very advantageous for the players. You look ...
MLS Trade Central: Galaxy signs Finn Vayrynen    
The LA Galaxy has signed 33-year-old Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen, who is expected to get first ...
Networks step up MLS coverage with dedicated time slots    
MLS begins a new eight-year agreement with dedicated time slots on three networks. Friday's LA Galaxy-Chicago ...
Video Pick: Chelsea star injured without playing     
Chelsea defender Nemanja Matic was suspended for its English League Cup final win over Tottenham last ...
Josh Perez spurs big win for U.S. U-17s     
The USA can clinch a spot at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup with a win Sunday ...
Top 10 new reasons why to get excited about MLS    
The Major League Soccer kicks off its new season this weekend. There's a lot to get ...
What They're Saying: Danny Cruz    
"This wasn't an easy decision. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives