It was on April 27, 2022 that, with the season still in progress, Benfica announced, in a communication to the CMVM, a pre-agreement for the hiring of Roger Schmidt, who ended his contract with PSV Eindhoven, for this season.
At that time, the reds, then led by Nélson Veríssimo, had their season ‘done’ and were out of the fight for the title. However, the scenario was different in the Netherlands, since, with four games to play in the Eredivisie, PSV (74 points) was still fighting for the first place with Ajax (78 points on the 31st day). The champion would end up being the Amsterdam team, with 83 points, two more than PSV.
Negotiations between the eagles and the German coach, as A BOLA reported, began about a month earlier, with Schmidt being made official as the new coach on May 18, days after the conclusion of the Dutch championship.
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