Belgium FA has advertised the position for a new head coach following Roberto Martinez’s withdrawal from the squad.
Martinez, who succeeded Marc Wilmots as manager of Belgium following their quarterfinal exit at Euro 2016, among other accomplishments, guided his team to a third-place finish in the 2018 World Cup.
In Qatar, however, four years later, the Red Devils had trouble living up to their “Golden Generation” moniker. They were eliminated in the group round at Qatar World Cup, and as a result, the former Everton manager announced his resignation.
“That was my last game,” he said. “It was emotional as you can imagine. The decision was taken just before the World Cup. I always work towards the long-term projects and they need to be set in advance.
“Since 2018 I had many opportunities to leave to take jobs at club level. I always wanted to be loyal and finish the job. I don’t resign – it is the end of my contract. That was always the plan.”
The Belgian FA is currently searching for a “serial winner” with experience in managing star players after the former national team manager finished his term with a record of 56 wins, 13 draws and 11 defeats.
During his reign, Roberto Martinez integrated young players and emphasized building a tight-knit unit.
While announcing the type of new head coach Belgium national team need, the job advert by the Royal Belgian FA read: “He is a tactical expert who supports his choices with data, technology and objective parameters and draws on RBFA’s sporting expertise and structure. He knows how to win trophies in top competitions.
“The new national team coach is an ambassador for Belgian football, helping to promote the RBFA values and is available full time.”
The RBFA also discuss their ‘disappointment’ at being eliminated from the Qatar World Cup so early in the web advertisement.
“Football is a daily passion for more than half a million Belgians. Football connects and unites us. It is in our DNA. As the Royal Belgian Football Association, we have been organising our sport at all levels for over 126 years. We apply our knowledge, experience and enthusiasm every day to our mission: the organisation and development of football in our country.”
“With its new base camp in Tubize, the RBFA has a fully-fledged national football centre. It is the beating heart of Belgian football. A brand new complex, modern and ecologically designed with all the necessary facilities and technologies.”
“The Red Devils were number one in the world rankings for four years, qualified for four consecutive final tournaments and finished third place at the World Cup in Russia. But the early elimination at the World Cup in Qatar was disappointing. However, all elements are in place to be successful again in the future. It is up to the new national team coach to work with what is in place and lead us to new successes.”
Applications must be received by 10/01/2023 at the following mail address: [email protected].
Belgium National Team
Since their first game in 1904, the Belgium national football team has served as Belgium’s official representative in men’s international football.
The Royal Belgian Football Association, which is in charge of the team’s oversight, co-founded both UEFA and FIFA, the organization that oversees the team globally.
From 1920 to 1938, 1982 to 2002, and once more starting in 2014, regular Belgian involvement at the highest international level alternated with largely failed qualification rounds.
King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels serves as the site of the majority of Belgium’s home games.
The national football squad of Belgium compete in at least three major football tournaments – UEFA European Championship, FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Nations League.
It participated in the finals of six UEFA European Championships, fourteen FIFA World Cups, and three Olympic football competitions, including the 1920 Summer Olympics’ Football, which they won.
Between 1954 and 2002, four reigning world champions—West Germany, Brazil, Argentina, and France—were defeated in memorable matches. Belgium and its Dutch and French rivals in football have long-standing animosities, having faced each other almost annually from 1905 to 1967.
Since 1906, the team has gone by the moniker “Red Devils,” while “1895” is the name of its fan club.
The most lauded Belgian football player of the 20th century, striker Paul Van Himst, played for his country while Belgium finished third as hosts in UEFA Euro 1972.
Following then, they enjoyed two eras of unparalleled prosperity and talent. The first phase, which spanned the 1980s to the early 1990s, saw the squad place fourth at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and second at the UEFA Euro 1980.
In the second, under the direction of Marc Wilmots and later Roberto Martnez in the 2010s, Belgium came third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in November 2015.