Roberto Martinez (50, Spain), who led Belgium’s golden generation, took the Portuguese baton.
The Portuguese Football Association announced the appointment of Martinez as coach on the 9th (Korean time). The duration of his contract was not disclosed, but local media said it was four years until the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America (USA-Canada-Mexico).
Portugal was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and coach Fernando Santos resigned. Coach Santos has led Portugal for more than eight years since 2014, winning Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019. 토토
Portugal, which was considering several candidates for a new head coach, chose Martinez, who led Belgium to the top spot in FIFA for a long time. Coach Martinez took over as Belgian coach in August 2016 and placed third at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. During the four years he was in charge, he recorded the most A-match wins in Belgium’s career.
Coach Martinez aimed to win the World Cup in Qatar with the Golden Generation of Belgium, but resigned after being eliminated in the group stage. Martinez, who had a rather disappointing finish in Belgium, was still popular, and now he is challenging for glory with Portugal.