Roberto Martinez started his managerial profession at Swansea
Former Belgium and Everton supervisor Roberto Martinez has been appointed Portugal head coach.
The Spaniard, 49, replaces Fernando Santos, who resigned after Portugal’s quarter-final defeat by Morocco on the World Cup final month.
Martinez stood down as Belgium coach after six years in cost following their group-stage exit in Qatar.
“I’m very comfortable to symbolize one of many nationwide groups with one of the best expertise on the planet,” mentioned Martinez.
“I’m very excited to be right here. From the primary time I spoke with the president of the federation I knew this was a sporting venture that may excite me.
“I perceive there are nice expectations and large aims, however there’s a nice staff of individuals on the federation and I’ve nice pleasure that collectively we are able to obtain these aims.”
Portugal soccer president Fernando Gomes mentioned: “This is a crucial second for the nationwide staff.”
Martinez spent 4 years as Wigan supervisor, which included profitable the 2013 FA Cup, earlier than a three-year spell at Everton by which they completed fifth as soon as and eleventh twice within the Premier League.
Appointed Belgium coach in 2016, he led them to the highest of the Fifa rankings in 2018 after they got here third on the World Cup in Russia.
Portugal received the 2016 European Championship and the 2018-19 Nations League throughout Santos’ eight years in cost.
Nevertheless, they received solely certainly one of their three group matches in Qatar and their marketing campaign was overshadowed by Santos dropping ahead Cristiano Ronaldo for the knockout matches.
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Martinez mentioned: “My level of departure would be the squad of 26 gamers who performed within the World Cup, and Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly one of them.”
He added that he would make selections “on the pitch and never in an workplace”.
Martinez was criticised by some for not getting extra out of the so-called ‘golden era’ of Belgian gamers, together with Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.