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Saturday 3 July 2021
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez refused to talk about his future after the team was eliminated from the quarter-finals of the European Championship (Euro 2020) after a 2-1 defeat by Italy in the quarter-finals of the tournament on Friday evening.
After the match, 47-year-old Martinez, who is very calm as usual, said: “It is difficult for me at the moment to talk about anything other than defeat and our exit from the European Championship.”
These statements came in response to a question about what Martinez expects with the Belgian national team in the future, in reference to the European Nations League and the 2022 World Cup.
Martinez was appointed as the coach of the Belgian national team after the 2016 European Championship, after a professional career during which he coached Svanecia City, Wigan, Athletic and Everton.
Martinez added: “The moment is still very recent and I do not want to say anything emotional, and what I want now is to look back at the tournament and say that the players did not make a mistake, but on the contrary did everything in their power to get us as far as possible.” .
It should be noted that Martinez coached the national team, succeeding Belgian Arc Wilmots, after more than half a century during which the Belgian national team was limited to Belgians and Dutch only.
Martinez’s contract with the Belgian national team runs until 2022, and several clubs in the English Premier League have shown interest for a long time in obtaining his services.