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BREAKING: Portugal appoint former Belgium boss Martinez as new head coach

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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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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