Belgium turn to Martínez

Roberto Martínez has been appointed the new Belgium coach in succession to Marc Wilmots, having previously managed Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku at Everton.

Roberto Martínez is the new Belgium coach
Roberto Martínez is the new Belgium coach ©Getty Images

Roberto Martínez has been appointed the new Belgium coach in succession to Marc Wilmots.

Martínez takes over from Wilmots, who left the role after losing to Wales in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals. The first game in charge for Martínez will be a home friendly against his native Spain on 1 September before Begium open their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in Cyprus five days later.

The 43-year-old Martínez began his playing career at Real Zaragoza but spent most of it in Britain after a 1995 transfer to Wigan Athletic. He started managing at Swansea City in 2007, winning promotion to England's second tier, before switching to Wigan where he lifted the 2013 FA Cup despite relegation.

Martínez promptly moved to Everton, where he spent three seasons and coached future Belgium charges Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and, briefly, Marouane Fellaini before standing down this summer.

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