Paulo Bento was on Tuesday named coach of Portugal until the end of Euro 2012, the Portuguese Football Federation announced.
“Paulo Bento and his technical team will sign a contract until July 2012,” the federation said.
Bento, 41, a former defensive midfielder who won 35 caps for Portugal, will succeed Carlos Queiroz, who was sacked earlier this month after some disciplinary run-ins with the federation and a string of poor results.
Bento’s appointment came after Real Madrid refused to release Jose Mourinho to take up the role temporarily.
Portugal have made a poor start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, drawing 4-4 with Cyprus and losing 1-0 to Norway to leave them in fourth place in Group H.
They face Denmark and Iceland in October.
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