The head coach of the Portuguese national football team, Fernando Santos received an 8 long match suspension due to his actions during the 2014 World Cup when he was in charge of the Greek National team and during a match against Costa Rica; Santos was removed from the pitch after an incident which involved the referee.
This ban was reduced from 8 matches to only 2. Santos had to miss out from Portugal’s matches against Serbia and Armenia which concluded in victories for his team.
Many people believed that an 8 match suspension was just too long and after much deliberation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed that the ban was reduced to only 2 matches and this allows Fernando Santos to be alongside his team for their upcoming match against Armenia.
Portugal has to face off with Armenia on June 13 in a match that is crucial for the Portuguese side to continue their dominance in Group I meanwhile Armenia is still in search for their first victory. Read more »
Fernando Santos wants Portugal to continue the winning ways and make it to the Euro as early as possible.
Portugal is currently at no. 2 in the points table of Group I, but, if they topple Serbia in their next game, they will be able to overtake Denmark which is leading the table.
Portugal had actually been shocked by Albania in the first match, but, they have come back with two wins on the trot and the hero of both those wins for them has been Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo looked pumped up in the training again ahead of the Serbia game.
He was in deep conversation with Santos discussing the tactics or maybe the technicalities of his own game. Whatever it was, but, he was intense. And, there was determination in his eyes.
Ronaldo has had tough times recently, both personally and Football wise. The level of his performances has come down a little bit for his club and he has been criticized.
But, being the genius that he is, Ronaldo can suddenly come up with a high class performance from nowhere. Read more »