Former Spain manager takes over at Benfica

21st August 2007, Comments 0 comments

21 August 2007, LISBON - Former Spain and Real Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho took over as Benfica manager on Tuesday.

21 August 2007

LISBON - Former Spain and Real Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho took over as Benfica manager on Tuesday.

The Spaniard replaced Fernando Santos, who was fired on Monday after only two competitive games this season.

It is Camacho's second stint as Benfica coach. He joined the club midway through the 2002-03 season and left in 2004, leading the Eagles to the runner-up spot in both seasons.

Santos was halfway through a two-year contract but the Lisbon club's lackluster performances in recent games brought sharp criticism from fans.

The Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw at Leixoes in their first Portuguese league last weekend. They edged FC Copenhagen 2-1 at home in a Champions League third-round qualifier last week and play the return leg Aug. 29.

"I'm very happy to return to Benfica," Camacho said, but added that "I can't change things overnight."

Benfica sold its captain and crowd favorite Simao Sabrosa to Atletico Madrid in the offseason, while Portugal midfielder Manuel Fernandes is on the verge of moving to Everton.

The club has signed Paraguayan striker Oscar Cardozo and American teenage star Freddy Adu.

Benfica, which finished third in the league last season, has only won the title once in the last 13 years. It hasn't held on to a coach for two consecutive seasons since Sven-Goran Eriksson in 1992.

Camacho has also coached Spanish clubs Rayo Vallecano, Espanyol and Sevilla.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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