Roberto Martinez named Portugal boss after Belgium exit

Former Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has been appointed as Portugal coach, it was announced on Monday.

Martinez gave up his role as Belgium coach after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where his side suffered a disappointing group stage exit and finished third in Group F behind Morocco and Croatia.

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He replaces Fernando Santos at Portugal, who was in charge for eight years and guided them to their first major title at Euro 2016.

“I’m very happy to be here, excited to represent one of the most talented teams in the world,” Martinez said at a press conference on Monday.

“When I first met the Board and the President, I knew this was the project I wanted. I understand there are high expectations and goals, but I also understand that there is a large group of people working on it to achieve our goals.”

Portugal were eliminated from the World Cup quarter-finals by a 1-0 defeat by Morocco, in which Santos made the bold decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for a second straight game. Santos later said he had “no regrets” about the decision.

When asked about Ronaldo’s future role with the national team, Martinez said: “Decisions have to be made on the pitch. I’m not a coach who makes hasty decisions. I want to meet everyone and from today I want to talk and.” Get to know all the players.

“Cristiano is part of this list, he has spent 19 years in the national team and deserves respect, let’s talk. From there it’s up to me to make the best list for the European Championship. Tomorrow we will start working, get to know each other. ” all the players and Cristiano is one of them.”

“We will start a football process to try to get to know all the players who could be part of this selection. We will give all the players a chance and respect everyone who is already in the squad. Cristiano is one.” of them.. It is a process that we must face naturally and with responsibility and we will make important decisions for the team.

Martinez previously enjoyed coaching at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton.

“We were looking for an ambitious coach who knows international football, is used to coaching players at the highest level and has experience in big leagues and national teams,” said Portugal FA President Fernando Gomes.

“The birthplace of the new coach was never relevant. We have players who have played, are playing or will play in different leagues. Roberto Martínez’s path speaks for itself. He has built a career based on work and acquiring skills . Six.” Years ago he started coaching Belgium and took them to number 1 in the world.”

ESPN’s Adriana Garcia also contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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