Ex-Everton manager Roberto Martinez named new Belgium boss

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One of the most fun-to-watch national teams in the world just got even more fun.

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Roberto Martinez, who has never appeared particularly keen on his teams functioning as an organized defending side, has been handed the keys to the Belgian national team, which features names like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Michy Batshuayi, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke and — probably much to his chagrin — Romelu Lukaku. At the end of Martinez’s tenure at Everton, Lukaku went public with comments stating the Spaniard had “lost the dressing room” at Goodison Park following his sacking in May.

The Royal Belgian Football Association announced the 43-year-old’s appointment on Wednesday.

The Red Devils unceremoniously crashed out of EURO 2016 in the quarterfinals, at the hands of Wales. Marc Wilmots was fired by the FA two weeks later.

Martinez had previously been linked (tenuously so, it should be said) with Atlanta United ahead of the soon-to-debut MLS franchise’s entrance into Major League Soccer in 2017.