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‘It’s So Incomprehensible I’m Already Laughing’ – Radja Nainggolan Takes Being Frozen Out Of Second Successive Belgium World Cup Squad In Jolly Good Humour

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Radja Nainggolan certainly seems to be taking his omission from the Belgium World Cup squad incredibly well, with the midfielder revealing that he's already able to laugh at his own misfortune.

The Roma star, who only played six minutes of the Red Devils' qualifying campaign, wasn't even included in Roberto Martinez's provisional 28-man squad for the tournament when it was announced on Monday afternoon.

Belgium: Roberto Martinez Names Provisional World Cup Squad, Radja Nainggolan Omitted As Nacer Chadli Squeaks In

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has named the provisional 28-man squad he will have at his disposal at the 2018 World Cup.

Several of Martinez's selections haven't gone down particularly well, particularly the decision to leave out Radja Nainggolan in favour of the likes of Nacer Chadli and Christian Benteke.

[Video] Romelu Lukaku bags excellent brace for Belgium

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Many Manchester United stars are currently away with their country during the international break. Striker Romelu Lukaku was on duty with Belgium in his homeland in what was the Red Devils' only match this week. Roberto Martinez's side were comfortable... Continue Reading →

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World Cup Draw: England Face Belgium, Tunisia And Panama In Intriguing Group G Selection

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England will play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The typically star-studded draw was made in Moscow on Friday and threw up an intriguing Group G for England.

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Currently fifth in FIFA's rankings, Belgium will provide a big challenge to the Three Lions, with a squad crammed full of world-class stars, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to Dries Mertens.

Belgium: Arsenal Icon Thierry Henry Appointed As Roberto Martinez’s Assistant

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It's been announced that Thierry Henry is to join the Belgium national team's coaching staff to work asRoberto Martinez's assistant.

In a similarly unforeseenappointment, ex-Everton manager Martinez was appointed as Belgium's new head coach earlier this month after answering an advert posted on the Belgian FA website.

Official: Roberto Martinez Appointed As New Manager Of Belgium National Side

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Now there's one you didn't see coming. Just before the end of play on Wednesday evening, the Belgian Football Association (KBVB) announced that they'd appointed Roberto Martinez as their new head coach.

You may recall that KBVBposted an advert for their vacancyon their official website a week or two ago,shortly after former incumbent Marc Wilmots was sent packing.

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Belgian Nainggolan announces international retirement after World Cup snub

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Milan (AFP) – Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan announced Monday he was calling time on his international career after being overlooked for the Belgium World Cup squad.

The heavily tattooed 30-year-old has played 30 times for his country and is popular with supporters, but his relationship with coach Roberto Martinez has often been strained.

Belgian Nainggolan announces international retirement after World Cup snub

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Milan (AFP) – Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan announced Monday he was calling time on his international career after being overlooked for the Belgium World Cup squad.

The heavily tattooed 30-year-old has played 30 times for his country and is popular with supporters, but his relationship with coach Roberto Martinez has often been strained.

Belgium leave out Nainggolan for World Cup

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Brussels (AFP) – Belgium have left midfield creator Radja Nainggolan out of their World Cup squad, coach Roberto Martinez said on Monday.

The absence of Nainggolan, who scored twice for Roma in the second league of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool this month, was the biggest surprise in the 28-player list that will be reduced to 23 before the tournament.

Belgium leave out Nainggolan for World Cup

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Brussels (AFP) – Belgium have left midfield creator Radja Nainggolan out of their World Cup squad, coach Roberto Martinez said on Monday.

The absence of Nainggolan, who scored twice for Roma in the second league of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool this month, was the biggest surprise in the 28-player list that will be reduced to 23 before the tournament.

Belgium extend Martinez’s contract ahead of World Cup

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Brussels (AFP) – Coach Roberto Martinez, whose contract was due to finish at the end of the World Cup, has been handed a two-year extension, the Belgian football federation announced on Friday.

The news comes two days before Martinez reveals his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

“Since his appointment in August 2016, the federation has enjoyed a positive, professional and honest working relationship with Roberto Martinez,” the federation said in a press release.

Belgium extend Martinez’s contract ahead of World Cup

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Brussels (AFP) – Coach Roberto Martinez, whose contract was due to finish at the end of the World Cup, has been handed a two-year extension, the Belgian football federation announced on Friday.

The news comes two days before Martinez reveals his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

“Since his appointment in August 2016, the federation has enjoyed a positive, professional and honest working relationship with Roberto Martinez,” the federation said in a press release.

‘It wasn’t me’: Nainggolan handed one-month drink-drive ban

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Brussels (AFP) – Belgian international Radja Nainggolan was banned from driving for a month on Wednesday and fined 1,600 euros after being found guilty of drink-driving last year, local media reported.

However, the Roma star, who had fought the charge, said he plans to appeal, claiming it was his friend and former player Zinho Chergui who was at the wheel and not him when their car was stopped after a night out following a friendly international against Greece in March 2017.

Conte questions Hazard’s Belgium call-up

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expressed surprise on Friday over Eden Hazard’s call-up by Belgium.

Hazard, 26, has not yet played for Chelsea this season after fracturing his right ankle on international duty in June.

But he has been called up by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Gibraltar and Greece.

Conte questions Hazard’s Belgium call-up

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expressed surprise on Friday over Eden Hazard’s call-up by Belgium.

Hazard, 26, has not yet played for Chelsea this season after fracturing his right ankle on international duty in June.

But he has been called up by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Gibraltar and Greece.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Kompany back for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia

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Brussels (AFP) – Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was on Tuesday included in Belgium’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia and friendly against the Czech Republic after a 500-day absence from the national team.

Coach Roberto Martinez named the oft-injured Kompany among a 27-strong squad for the June 5 friendly in Brussels and World Cup qualifier four days later in Tallinn.

Southgate wards against England arrogance

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) England must learn to be more streetwise but ward against arrogance, interim manager Gareth Southgate said ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against old enemies Scotland at Wembley.

Southgate said the difference between arrogance and confidence had come up during a squad meeting before the game, which is the third assignment of his four-match tenure.

Southgate wards against England arrogance

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) England must learn to be more streetwise but ward against arrogance, interim manager Gareth Southgate said ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against old enemies Scotland at Wembley.

Southgate said the difference between arrogance and confidence had come up during a squad meeting before the game, which is the third assignment of his four-match tenure.

Netherlands, Belgium in low-key friendly draw

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Amsterdam (AFP) The Netherlands and Belgium played out a 1-1 friendly draw Wednesday where Premier League stars Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard struggled and the Dutch suffered injury setbacks ahead of a key World Cup qualifier.

A penalty from Davy Klaassen gave the Dutch a 38th-minute lead from the penalty spot before Yannick Carrasco levelled eight minutes from the final whistle.

Netherlands, Belgium in low-key friendly draw

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Amsterdam (AFP) The Netherlands and Belgium played out a 1-1 friendly draw Wednesday where Premier League stars Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard struggled and the Dutch suffered injury setbacks ahead of a key World Cup qualifier.

A penalty from Davy Klaassen gave the Dutch a 38th-minute lead from the penalty spot before Yannick Carrasco levelled eight minutes from the final whistle.

Silva double blasts Spain past Belgium

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Brussels (AFP) Spain earned a World Cup qualifying boost by beating Belgium 2-0 in an international friendly on Thursday thanks to a David Silva double.

Both sides were on the rebound from disappointing Euro 2016 campaigns with new coaches Roberto Martinez for Belgium and Basque Jolen Lopotegui for Spain.

Silva double blasts Spain past Belgium

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Brussels (AFP) Spain earned a World Cup qualifying boost by beating Belgium 2-0 in an international friendly on Thursday thanks to a David Silva double.

Both sides were on the rebound from disappointing Euro 2016 campaigns with new coaches Roberto Martinez for Belgium and Basque Jolen Lopotegui for Spain.

Everton agree deal for Southampton manager Koeman — reports

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London (AFP) Everton have agreed a deal to hire Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, according to British media reports on Tuesday.

Koeman is Everton's top choice to succeed Roberto Martinez, who was sacked just before the end of the Premier League campaign, and the Dutchman is now on the verge of sealing his switch to Goodison Park.

Everton agree deal for Southampton manager Koeman — reports

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London (AFP) Everton have agreed a deal to hire Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, according to British media reports on Tuesday.

Koeman is Everton's top choice to succeed Roberto Martinez, who was sacked just before the end of the Premier League campaign, and the Dutchman is now on the verge of sealing his switch to Goodison Park.

Everton begin post-Martinez era by beating Norwich

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Liverpool (AFP) Everton claimed a rare home win as they beat relegated Norwich City 3-0 on the final day of the Premier League season in their first match since Roberto Martinez was sacked as manager.

Caretaker coaches Joe Royle and David Unsworth named an experimental side, and James McCarthy lashed them into the lead after good work by Keiran Dowell.

Everton begin post-Martinez era by beating Norwich

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Liverpool (AFP) Everton claimed a rare home win as they beat relegated Norwich City 3-0 on the final day of the Premier League season in their first match since Roberto Martinez was sacked as manager.

Caretaker coaches Joe Royle and David Unsworth named an experimental side, and James McCarthy lashed them into the lead after good work by Keiran Dowell.

Koeman set to see out Saints contract despite Everton talk

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London (AFP) Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted he is determined to fulfil his contract after being linked with the vacancy at Premier League rivals Everton.

Roberto Martinez was sacked by the Merseysiders on Thursday and Dutch boss Koeman was immediately suggested as a candidate to replace the Spaniard.

Koeman set to see out Saints contract despite Everton talk

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London (AFP) Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted he is determined to fulfil his contract after being linked with the vacancy at Premier League rivals Everton.

Roberto Martinez was sacked by the Merseysiders on Thursday and Dutch boss Koeman was immediately suggested as a candidate to replace the Spaniard.

Martinez sacked after Everton slump

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London (AFP) Everton have sacked manager Roberto Martinez, the Premier League club announced on Thursday, confirming widespread reports in the British media.

In place since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2013, the 42-year-old Spaniard paid the price for a run of one win in 10 league games and an FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

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Martinez: This Chelsea star reminds me of Messi

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Former Everton manager, Roberto Martínez, has said that he finds shades of similarity between Chelsea superstar, Eden Hazard and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi. The Belgian winger has been in great form this season, and scored a wonderful solo goal against Arsenal on Saturday to help Chelsea move nine points clear at the top.

Swansea’s decision to hire Bob Bradley is a gamble worth taking

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Swansea's decision to appoint Bob Bradley asmanager is a brave and bold move by the Premier League club, one that goes against the grain and posits plenty of doubts and fears about the American's chances of turning around the team's future.

But despite the negativity, Swansea City supporters should keep the faith.

Swansea’s decision to hire Bob Bradley is a gamble worth taking

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Swansea's decision to appoint Bob Bradley asmanager is a brave and bold move by the Premier League club, one that goes against the grain and posits plenty of doubts and fears about the American's chances of turning around the team's future.

But despite the negativity, Swansea City supporters should keep the faith.

Everton’s Ronald Koeman appointment can trigger infectious ambition at Goodison

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When Everton looked set to miss out on Ronald Koeman, the man anointed as the club's top target to fill the vacancy left by the dismissed Roberto Martinez, there would have been a collective shrug of the shoulders from the majority of those of a blue persuasion.

This was, after all, adhering to the recent Everton way—we tried, we nearly succeeded, we'll try again, it's all alright.

Everton’s Ronald Koeman appointment can trigger infectious ambition at Goodison

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When Everton looked set to miss out on Ronald Koeman, the man anointed as the club's top target to fill the vacancy left by the dismissed Roberto Martinez, there would have been a collective shrug of the shoulders from the majority of those of a blue persuasion.

This was, after all, adhering to the recent Everton way—we tried, we nearly succeeded, we'll try again, it's all alright.

Everton Linked With A Move For Sevilla Boss Unai Emery

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According to reports out of England, Premier League side Everton have approached Sevilla boss Unai Emery about taking over from Roberto Martinez as manager at Goodison Park.

Emery led Sevilla to a third successive Europa League title on Wednesday when the Spanish club beat Everton's fierce Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, 3-1 in Switzerland.

Everton

Tim Howard Pens Emotional Farewell Letter To Everton Ahead Of His Move Back Home

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After a decadeof faithful, shouty service at Everton,the end of the season will see Tim Howard mosey off into the sunset as heprepares to make the final Quantum Leap back home to MLS with the Colorado Rapids.

Understandably, it's all been a bit of a wrench for the 37-year-old goalkeeper, who decided to say farewell tohis adopted Evertonian family by way of an emotional open letter.

David Unsworth and Joe Royle in charge of Everton after Roberto Martinez

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Martinez Agrees – Hazard Is Not A ‘False Nine’

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Roberto Martinez has rejected the idea of following Antonio Conte's lead and deploying Eden Hazard as a 'false nine'.

Hazard has been asked to operate through the centre by Chelsea at times this season with Alvaro Morata out of form and Michy Batshuayi out of favour.

It is not a role he enjoys, however, and Martinez promised his star man:

'Eden is not a false nine for me.

Retro Football: Young Roberto Martinez Demonstrates How To Defend Against Long Throw-Ins, 1996 (Video)

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Having pioneered a slew of innovative systems with Everton (the 'hopelessly isolated frontman' and the 'hideously exposed flat back two' instantly spring to mind) in recent years, it's largely agreed that Roberto Martinez is one of football's greatest tactical minds.