The debate over who would succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as Portugal head coach ended Friday, but FIFA.com would like to throw another subject up for discussion: was Carlos Queiroz the right choice?
He certainly assumes his new role with glowing references. "Carlos Queiroz is one of the best coaches in world football," Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, whom the Portuguese had ably assisted for five years over two periods, said last night.
Queiroz must now use his ability to build on the success of his predecessor, who established Portugal as a genuine contender in world football. They finished runners-up at UEFA EURO 2004 and fourth at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, before losing 3-2 to Germany in their EURO 2008 quarter-final.
A series a reputable coaches were linked with the post Scolari recently vacated, including Manuel Jose, Zico, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Jose Pekerman, Frank Rijkaard and Didier Deschamps. But Portuguese Football Federation president, Gilberto Madail, had his sights set on one man only. "Carlos Queiroz is without doubt a benchmark of excellence for Portuguese football coaches and he was my first choice for the job," he said.
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