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2014 World Cup: Portugal coach Bento to unleash new tactics against Ghana

Published on: 17 April 2014
Bento and Ronaldo

Portugal coach Paulo Bento says he unveil new tactics meant to defeat their Group G opponents Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

The 44-year-old gaffer has been devoted to the 4-3-3 formation for several years now and used it throughout the qualifying campaign.

The formation served him well during Euro 2012 where he utilised what was essentially the prototypical, modern definition of the system, and it’s geared toward an offensive to defensive balance and speed in attack.

Having advanced to the 2014 finals through the play-offs, Bento expects a tough test from Group G rivals Germany, the United States and Ghana – yet anticipates that a flexible approach can help his squad evolve their way to success.

“There are things we are doing differently now in terms of preparation, in terms of our training, our strategies – they are different from what we did in 2010 or 2011,” the 44-year-old former Portugal midfielder told

“Football is always evolving and we always need to be ready for that. Portugal play with an identity that we’ve worked on, but obviously we want there to be some evolution in our game.”

Bento will lead Portugal until the end of their UEFA EURO 2016 campaign after the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) agreed a two-year extension with the national team coach.

The Selecçãos will kick start their campaign on June 16 when they play fellow European powerhouse Germany.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kwabena says:
    April 17, 2014 06:16 pm
    Ronaldo & his guys are lions as well
  • wee ba says:
    April 17, 2014 06:53 pm
    this is lyk a bullshit coming from a bulls mouth
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 17, 2014 08:30 pm
    LOL. Da'fuq???
  • Papadinho says:
    April 17, 2014 10:39 pm
    And AA got no tactics We are doomed. Dauda in the post, shit Ronaldo will hammer us ooh..... Bless
  • kwame-blz says:
    April 17, 2014 11:49 pm
    why will a coach unleash a tactic against one country while he got two others to worry about. these unnecessary news is getting old and boring.
  • Atson says:
    April 18, 2014 12:45 am
    Germany and Portugal are qualifying from group G.
  • Adebayo says:
    April 18, 2014 01:40 am
    It's the heading of the article that's misleading! Bento hasn't mentioned any team in particular. Indeed, he simply states what every coach actually does: they try different approaches based on the team they have and the opponents they envisage. There is nothing new! This is what AA will be seeking to do too!
  • tzooh says:
    April 18, 2014 02:07 am
    Bento's new tactic: As soon as you get the ball, don't run, don't shoot, just pass it to Ronaldo. Seriously I have watched Portugal and I think Ghana can easily beat them if they contain Ronaldo because Moutinho, Nani, and Postiga will always be looking to pass it to him. C'mon Ghana, we can do this
  • GHANSON says:
    April 18, 2014 02:28 am
    Smh they're panicking already.. If these coaches hear "Black Stars" that's when fear and paranoia sets in.. lol some even fly helicopters to training grounds hahahaahahahaahah
  • selfmade says:
    April 18, 2014 03:55 am
    We need to take the two western European countries very seriously and try to break the jinx of not beating any western European country before! We have to at least beat Portugal which ll be a nice achievement on our profile! Germany has always beaten us in all our encounters and is about time we study why they ways beat us and right it for the first time! This is the time for us to beat a world giant and it should start from Brazil!
  • Coach says:
    April 18, 2014 02:23 pm
    Sticky Straw or what ever you call yourself,pls be civil here, all Fatau talent so called could do is to sit at the bench at a mediocre league n mediocre team He was keeper for Okwawu in1999 yet, he says he is 28yrs, I had just completed secondary school then and I am now 34 Ghana has better talent than his
  • sticky straw says:
    April 18, 2014 12:28 pm
    Papadinho and foolish assemblyman have u ever threw your legs before?what has this issue got do with fatau dauda?because of this jealous I don't think god will gives u a talent as good as fatau dauda in your family any one who wish fatau bad will fall into his own grave
  • Ejurahene says:
    April 18, 2014 07:09 am
    As a man thinketh so is he...! Papadinho you sound like a failure...
  • Kwabena says:
    April 17, 2014 06:14 pm
    Let's beware!
  • Benny says:
    April 17, 2014 04:33 pm
    Bento will regret his so called new tactics.His team will face hungry lions.