Portugal has appointed former Belgium boss Roberto Martinez as their new head coach after the departure of Fernando Santos.
Fernando Santos’s 8-year tenure with Portugal came to an end as the 68-year-old tactician stepped down after the World Cup in December.
He had led them to Euro 2016 glory and UEFA’s inaugural Nations League in 2018-19, having managed Portugal’s national team in 109 matches.
The 49-year-old Spaniard was last in charge of the Belgium national team, with a six-year stint at the Red Devils brought to a close after suffering a group-stage exit at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
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Um novo 𝗟𝗶́𝗱𝗲𝗿 ao serviço de Portugal 🇵🇹: bem-vindo, Mister Roberto Martínez! 🤝 #VesteABandeira— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) January 9, 2023
A new 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿 at 🇵🇹 service: welcome, Coach Roberto Martínez! 🤝 #WearTheFlag pic.twitter.com/TCDe3yzJr9
The 49-year-old will now look to bring success to Portugal in Euro 2024 and manage a team filled with talent across the field, as well as a mix of both young and senior players.
He will have a key decision to make regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, who had fallen out with Santos in Qatar and faced being benched for consecutive must-win matches.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is nearing the end of his career and has just completed a move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr.
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