The 68-year-old Portuguese was sacked shortly after losing 1-0 to the Moroccans in the World Cup quarterfinals. Santos, under whose leadership Ronaldo won Euro 2016, can probably be called the main loser of the tournament in Qatar. No other coach has experienced such a wave of criticism. And above all, as usual, Cristiano’s relatives did their best: his wife Georgina and his sisters Katya and Elma. In his opinion, Santos – nothing less – “killed the nation.”
The specialist’s contract was valid until the end of Euro 2024. However, the national federation did not withstand the pressure – and went to break the agreement by paying a penalty worth 4.5 million euros. It is significant that Ronaldo, who was called a friend of Santos, did not even thank the now former mentor for many years of cooperation.
Santos himself said that “there will always be dissatisfied” and described working for the national team as a “dream.” According to him, he made all the decisions, even the most unpopular ones, for the good of Portugal. It is clear that this meant the withdrawal of Cristiano from the starting eleven, which caused a real tantrum in the superstar of the unemployment in the 2022 World Cup.
The Brazil coach announced his resignation immediately after losing in the quarterfinals to Croatia on penalties. “I am not going to hold on to my position with all my might. I’m not the type to do drama to keep a job,” the 61-year-old said.
In Brazil, Tite, who has led the national team since 2016 and with it won the 2019 Copa América, was the object of massive hatred. They especially reproached him for the decision to put Neymar not in the first, but in the last shot from 11 meters. Tite responded to critics with the following:
– The fifth penalty is usually decisive. Only Neymar could deal with so much pressure.
Sounds logical. But nobody cares anymore. They say that Zinedine Zidane himself can now lead the Brazilians!
The Spaniard left the position of coach of the Belgian team after the failure in the group with Canada, Croatia and Morocco.
“I am too overwhelmed with emotions to continue,” said Martínez, who has managed the Red Devils since 2016. However, they would have shown him the door anyway. The absence of the 2018 World Cup bronze medalists in the playoffs was the main fiasco of the Qatar tournament. The coach clearly could not cope with the team, whose main stars were openly in conflict with each other.
By the way, without a job, Martinez probably won’t sit for long. He bows to the Spanish team with power and strength.
Now, the former selector of the Spanish announced that he would leave the team at the end of the Qatar tournament. But he certainly envisioned his departure in a different way. Certainly not after losing to Morocco in the round of 16.
– If they no longer believe in you, they don’t consider you fit for this job, you should move on. For example, accepting a club, -summed up Luis Enrique. But these words did not at all explain the reasons for the failure of the Spaniards, who began the 2022 World Cup with a 7-0 defeat over Costa Rica, and scored only two goals in the next three games.
– Luis Enrique lacks self-criticism. It was pride that drove the coach away from the team and the fans, which led to disaster, – says the famous Spanish football journalist Juan Del Val.
Since 1994, the Mexicans have left the group in every World Cup and have lost 1/8 finals. The Argentine Martino was invited to finally take the long-awaited step to the second round of the playoffs. And in the end, the team completed its performances in Qatar after the preliminary phase.
Martineau cited bad luck after the failure. Let’s just say, if Mexico had scored one more goal against Saudi Arabia (and the team really had enough chances), they would have moved past Poland in the group. However, these excuses did not convince anyone. It is clear that with such a game, Martino’s wards would hardly have been able to impose a fight in the 1/8 final on the French. This is how the renowned specialist (who worked with Lionel Messi at Barcelona and the Argentine team) came out confident.
Ghana’s national team coach, who impressed with his game in games with Portugal (2-3) and South Korea (3-2), but missed a key encounter with Uruguay (0-2) also left his post.
– I would like to thank everyone – God, the team and the president of the federation – said Addo, 47, in his farewell speech. – We in Qatar gave everything.
However, the Koreans, who unlike the Ghanaians left the group, thanks to a sensational third round victory over Portugal (2: 1), also lost their coach. According to Paulo Bento, he planned his departure in advance. Perhaps that is why the Portuguese in Qatar did not hold back his emotions, and even got such a rare red card for the tournament.
So far, the French coach, who led the team to gold at the 2018 World Cup and the finals of Euro 2016 and the 2022 World Cup, has not decided on his future. However, if before the start of the Qatari tournament many talked about the probable departure of Deschamps (and even predicted that he would be Zidane’s successor), now everything is not so obvious.
– While I will refrain from answering, – said the specialist after the defeat in the final of Argentina. – I will be ready to talk about the future only after a meeting with the leaders of the federation. The doubts in Deschamps, according to the media, were planted by the French president, Emmanuel Macron. He attended the decisive match of the 2022 World Cup and allegedly asked the technical director of the tricolores to stay with the team until Euro 2024.
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The German coach, despite the failure (absence of the playoffs), decided to give the last chance at the next Euro Cup in two years.
“We will learn from what happened in Qatar and we will present ourselves as a different team”, Flick himself gave hope to the country’s football community.
But not everyone believed him. Something has been going on with the Bundestim for a long time. And the fact that Flick’s winning magic from the Bayern days did not work in the national team cannot be called accidental.
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The press “fires” the head coach of the British from the very beginning of his work in the national team. Since then, the team has reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, lost the Euro 2020 home final, and lost the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals to the French. Opinions were divided on whether or not to keep Southgate. He himself asked for time to think. But something tells me: since the resignation did not come immediately after the exit from the World Cup, poor Gareth is not going anywhere. So, most likely, he will go through the next “circle of hell”, like almost all of his predecessors, our colleagues from the associated publication Playmaker believe.