September 16, 2010

LISBON (Reuters) -- The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) wants Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to take charge of the national side for two Euro 2012 qualifiers in October, sports daily Record reported on Thursday.

FPF President Gilberto Madail travelled to Spain to meet Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes to try to persuade Real Madrid to release their Portuguese coach for the qualifiers at home against Denmark on Oct. 8 and away to Iceland four days later.

Portugal sacked Carlos Queiroz earlier this month in the wake of his six-month suspension for insulting anti-doping agents before the World Cup and have yet to name a replacement.

Portugal's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign has got off to a dismal start with a 4-4 home draw with Cyprus followed by a 1-0 defeat in Norway. (

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