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8/20/07 9:14 PM
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From Goal.com 8/20/2007 2:29 PM Benfica Sack Fernando Santos Following a debut draw and an angry dressing-room visit from the president, Benfica have axed coach Fernando Santos. Benfica, Portugal's most famous club, have sacked head coach Fernando Santos after just over a year of tenure. An official statement out reports the club "have reached an agreement with Fernando Santos and[assistant coach] Jorge Rosário for the rescission [sic] of their contracts. . . . and would like to thank them for their loyalty over the past 13 months." Fernando Chalana was named as interim coach for the near future. The report makes no mention of Benfica's former coach--and now top unofficial candidate--José António Camacho. The ex-Spain tactician is rustling the grapevine in Portugal, with the daily Record insisting the man who helmed Benfica from 2002 to 2004 and left fond memories in many Benfiquistas with a Portuguese Cup conquest will be presented tomorrow. But there has been no official indication of this from the club itself. In Champions League play, Benfica won their first showing against FC Copenhagen, 2-1, at the Estádio da Luz earlier last week. But the side failed to convince and the nail in Santos' coffin was the poor Leixões draw, 1-1, at the Estádio do Bessa in this weekend's season starter for the league. How his axing will affect his newest signing, young American midfielder Freddy Adu, is yet to be understood. Adu made his debut for Benfica in the Copenhagen win, but Santos held him out of the Leixões match, explaining he wanted to give Adu some rest, considering the 18-year-old's just arrived and had only seven days of training in Europe. Fomer player Rui Costa has been mentioned as a replacement for Santos, but more likely he would take over as sporting director sometime next year. The last successful coach at Benfica was Ronald Koeman, who won the SuperCup in 2005-6. Since then the Lisbon heavy has suffered a series of setbacks at both the team and management level that have seen crosstown rivals Sporting and particularlyPorto dominate the national scene.
8/20/07 9:25 PM
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Freddy may be in trouble

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