The Portuguese Football Federation has officially announced the appointment of Roberto Martinez as head coach of the national team.
As you know, from 2014 to 2022, the Portuguese national team was led by Fernando Santos, who left his post shortly after the team’s relegation at the World Cup in Qatar.
Santos won Euro 2016 and helped bring in a number of young players, but was dropped after Morocco knocked the country out of the 2022 World Cup in the quarter-finals.
The new coach is now replacing Santos as Belgium manager on a three and a half year contract until the end of the 2026 World Cup.
Prior to this, Martinez was in charge of the Belgian national team and his contract expired at the end of the 2022 World Cup, having been hired in 2016.
The coach’s main success with the national team was third place at the 2018 World Cup, but he was regularly criticized for not using the country’s opportunities to the maximum.