OFFICIAL: Portugal Confirm Appointment of Roberto Martinez as new Head Coach

Portugal have announced the appointment of Roberto Martinez as their new national team manager, following the departure of Fernando Santos.

The former Wigan, Everton and Belgium gaffer will succeed Fernando Santos, who left the role after eight years in charge after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last month.

A tweet from the Portuguese Football Federation read: “A new leader at the service of Portugal – welcome Mr Roberto Martinez.”

Speaking at a press conference, Martinez said: “I am very excited to be here. I am very happy to represent one of the national teams with the best talent in the world. From the first time I spoke with the president of the federation I knew this was a sporting project that would excite me. I understand there are great expectations and big objectives, but there is a great team of people at the federation and I have great excitement that together we can achieve those objectives.”

Martinez won the English FA Cup winner with Wigan Athletic in 2013, he spent six years with Belgium – leading them to the summit of the FIFA world rankings, a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. However, they under-performed in Qatar and exited at the group stage after winning just one of their three matches.

Martinez became available after his spell with Belgium ended following the Red Devils ouster in the group stages in Qatar. He inherits a Portugal side that reached the quarter-finals but suffered a shock loss to Morocco after a campaign overshadowed by issues concerning veteran star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

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