Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has stepped down from his role after their shock World Cup exit. The Belgian FA expressed gratitude to Martinez for his six years of service but claimed that their performance in Qatar had “failed and let down” the Belgian people. Previously, Martinez had led Belgium to their best-ever World Cup performance, a third-place showing in Russia in 2018. With players from what has been referred to as the nation’s “golden generation,” which included Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, and Eden Hazard in their prime, they finished the tournament as the highest scorers. However, they were unable to capitalize on their performance and Italy eliminated them from Euro 2020 in the quarterfinals.
“Yes, that was my last game. There have been six years. I came here knowing that I wanted to participate in the 2018 World Cup. After putting so much effort into the project, we later received a bronze medal. These athletes fill me with such joy. It’s been amazing, ” Roberto Martinez, the manager of Belgium, stated following their World Cup loss. “We’ve got the freedom to do whatever we want since six years ago. In fact, spectators liked seeing the team compete. The time has come for me to accept that it is finished, though. I won’t resign. I’m at the end of my contract’s duration. Since 2018, I’ve had many opportunities to quit and work at the club level, but I decided to stick with it.”
As a result of our national team’s early exit, he continued, “we failed and thereby let down the people of Belgium who supported our team throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and we are genuinely sad. A period of time and a cycle are over. Roberto Martinez, our coach, and the Royal Belgian FA will part ways today. We are tremendously appreciative and delighted that we have worked with Roberto Martinez for more than six years.”
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