The Portuguese Football Federation is going through difficult times as their 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign has started off to the worst possible start. First a 4-4 home draw against lowly Cyprus and then a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Norway. The Iberians are under pressure after the first couple of games plus the doping test controversy which forced the team to play these matches with their coach Carlos Queiroz on the terraces. This forced the PFF to react and they fired coach Carlos Queiroz.
The search was on for a new permanent coach, but to buy time the PFF approached Real Madrid asking the Spanish giants to allow their star coach Jose Mourinho to sit on the bench for Portugal's qualifiers against Denmark and Iceland next month. But Real Madrid denied Portugal's wish which resulted in a reaction from their Portuguese coach.
"I don't understand why Real will not let me coach Portugal when I will have almost nothing to do in Madrid. I will have nine days holiday in Madrid while there are international matches," Mourinho said after the San Sebastian match on Saturday. Which did result in Real Madrid making it clear to Mourinho to them it is only about the club.
Today Portugal named Paolo Bento as the new national team coach. And Mourinho's reaction sounded a little different. Mourinho said that Bento had his support especially as three Portuguese internationals in Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and Cristiano Ronaldo play for him at Real Madrid.
Real Madrid showed their high profile coach his borders as he cannot decide whom he coaches when, the club comes first and he is highly paid to bring success to Madrid. Surely a model like Guus Hiddink at Russia and Chelsea FC a while ago isn't something which Real Madrid would allow. And Mourinho after his initial outburst over the weekend backtracked with his reaction today. Even a Mourinho is human after all..