Football focus

José Mourinho was asked to take temporary charge of the Portuguese national team in the wake of Carlos Queiroz’s controversial departure.

The ‘Special One’ indicated that he would be inclined to accept but was prevented from doing so by his current club Real Madrid, leading the PFA to appoint out of work former Sporting coach Paulo Bento to salvage the faltering Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

In Lisbon the first ‘classic’ of the season between Benfica and Sporting was won by the Eagles in convincing style, as Porto are threatening to run away with the title race while Loule caused one of the biggest upsets of the Portuguese League Cup first round in beating First Division Aves 2-1 away.