Portugal’s new head coach Roberto Martinez speaks throughout a press convention on January 9, 2023.© AFP
Roberto Martinez was named as the brand new coach of Portugal on Monday, having stepped down as Belgium coach after their elimination from the World Cup in Qatar within the group stage. The 49-year-old Spaniard takes over from Fernando Santos and essentially the most urgent concern in his in-tray can be to make clear the scenario of skipper Cristiano Ronaldo, who has simply signed for Saudi membership Al Nassr. “My level of departure would be the squad of 26 gamers who performed within the World Cup, and Cristiano Ronaldo is one in all them,” Martinez instructed a press convention.
Martinez added that he would make his selections “on the pitch and never in an workplace”.
Martinez, who reduce his managerial tooth at Swansea Metropolis, Wigan Athletic and Everton, took over as Belgium coach in 2016, main the facet to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
Below his management, Belgium had been high of the FIFA world rankings for greater than three years.
However his time with the Purple Devils got here unstuck in Qatar, the place they overcame Canada 1-0, however had been then crushed 2-0 by Morocco earlier than a goaless draw with Croatia ensured an early departure.
Portugal had Santos on the helm for eight years and the 68-year-old led the workforce to their first ever worldwide titles: the 2016 European Championship and the inaugural 2019 Nations League.
Santos stop as coach 5 days after Portugal exited the World Cup on the quarter-final stage.
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