Belgium coach Roberto Martinez leaving team after World Cup exit
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has left his post. This was announced by the mentor himself after his team did not reach the playoffs of the World Cup 2022.
“This was my last game as a coach of the national team. Now I am more emotional than ever. I can’t keep working like this. I have already said goodbye to the players and staff. I was going to leave anyway, no matter what happened. Even if we became world champions, I would leave my post. I made this decision shortly before the start of the tournament.”
In a statement, the Belgian Football Association thanked Martínez for his six years of service, but said the country had “let down and let down” the people of Belgium with their performances in Qatar.
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As you know, the specialist led the Belgian national team in 2016. With him, the team reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018, in which they lost to the French national team, and then beat the English in the match for third place.
At this World Cup in Qatar, the head coach could not achieve success with the team, and after the match with Croatia which ended (0-0), Belgium flew out of the tournament.
The team was ranked No. 1 by FIFA for four years during Martinez’s tenure but never won a major tournament.