Roberto Martinez Succeeds Mac Wilmots As The Belgium Coach.

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Former Everton, Wigan and Swansea manager Roberto Martinez has been appointed as the new head coach of Belgium.

The Spaniard was dismissed by Everton in May just before the end of a disappointing Premier League season, bringing to an end his three-year spell at Goodison Park.

He succeeds Marc Wilmots, who left his post last month, two weeks after the Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat by Wales.

After his appointment, Martinez said he is proud to work with the best team in the World.

“The biggest area of work is to come into an environment where we can create a winning mentallity and not being fearful of what the outside world thinks and we need to form a winning team too”, said Roberto.

Wilmots spent four years in charge of Belgium before losing his job. He had steered them to the top of the Fifa world rankings and they still hold the No2 position.

Belgium reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup before losing to Argentina and they were among the favourites to become European champions this year in France, but their surprise 3-1 defeat to Wales in the last eight saw them being eliminated from the tournament.

Martinez will utilise the services of the high profile players such as Kelvin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Coutois and Vincent company.

Belgium are drawn alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus and Gibraltar in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and start with a game against Cyprus on September 6.

The first test for Roberto Martinez will be on September 1, 2016 when they will take on the former European champions, Spain.

 

 

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