Roberto Martinez, Belgium’s manager, has announced his resignation following the country’s depressing group-stage performance at the World Cup.
Roberto Martinez resigning after Belgium’s exit from the World Cup
Martinez, Belgium’s manager, has announced his resignation following the country’s depressing group-stage performance at the World Cup.
Martinez announced that his contract may not renew following Belgium’s 0-0 draw with Croatia, but added that he had “not resigned.”
The Belgian FA thanked Martinez for his six years of service, but said the country had “failed and let down” the Belgian people with their performances in Qatar.
Martinez previously led Belgium to their best-ever World Cup finish, a third-place finish in Russia in 2018.
They finished the tournament as the tournament’s top scorers, led by what has been dubbed the country’s “golden generation,” which included De Bruyne, Lukaku, and Hazard in their prime.
We desire a free world in which all races and beliefs are respected. However, they were unable to build on their success and were eliminated in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 by Italy.
They arrived in Qatar second in the FIFA rankings, but a shock defeat to Morocco and a goalless draw with Croatia saw them eliminated in the group stages for the first time since 1998, having scored only one goal.
Martinez evidenced on his tenure, saying he “had to accept” his time as manager was over.
“Yes, that was my last game. It’s been six years “He told reporters. “I arrived with the clear intention of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
He also added; Then we became so engaged in the project that we won a bronze medal. I’m so proud of these players. It has been incredible.
“We’ve had six years to do everything you want. The team has performed and given people great happiness. But now is the time for me to accept that [it is over].
I’m not going to resign. My contract is set to expire.