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Queiroz sacked as Portugal coach

SoccerNews in European Championships 9 Sep 2010

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Carlos Queiroz was sacked as Portugal coach on Thursday after a disciplinary feud sparked by a six-month ban for insulting officials from the country’s anti-doping body.

The former Manchester United boss, who took over in July 2008, also paid a heavy price for a loss of form that saw his team struggle to reach the World Cup and pick up just a point from their opening two Euro 2012 qualifiers.

“The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has decided unanimously to end the contract of national coach Carlos Queiroz,” FPF president Gilberto Madail told a news conference.

Queiroz was serving a six-month ban, which he had described as “erroneous and abusive”, for hindering dope testers who had turned up to test his players at a pre-World Cup training camp in May.

Portugal were knocked out by Spain in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Their campaign to reach the Euro 2012 finals has suffered a nightmare start with a 4-4 home draw against lowly Cyprus followed by a 1-0 defeat against Norway on Tuesday.

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