Official: Roberto Martinez (49) exchanges Belgium for Portugal and signs contract until World Cup 2026

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Portugal has proposed Roberto Martinez as national coach following Fernando Gomez. The Spaniard signs a contract until the 2026 World Cup. On December 31, after 6.5 years, his collaboration with the Belgian Football Association came to an end. Club Brugge also asked Martinez, but he then announced that he wanted to work abroad.

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The length of Martinez’s contract is not without significance. Because one of the options suggested in the press was that an interim pope would be appointed, who would guide Portugal to the European Championship 2024, after which José Mourinho could have taken over towards the 2026 World Cup. know that he wants to extend his contract with AS Roma until 2024 and is only available after that. “Roberto Martinez is the only candidate with whom we have spoken concretely,” said the president of the Portuguese federation Fernando Gomes.

Roberto Martinez prefers to build in the long term. As Belgian national coach, he stayed on for 6.5 years.

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