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Belgium extends contract of coach Martinez

Spaniard rewarded for encouraging results

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Brussels: Belgium have extended the contract of coach Roberto Martinez for two years ahead of the World Cup, rewarding the Spaniard for a steady course and encouraging results.

Belgium are among the favourites to lift the World Cup this year since the nation can rely on an unparalleled crop of national talent which Martinez has moulded into an efficient unit during the qualifying stages, when they won their group with an unbeaten record.

The Belgian federation said in a statement on Friday that it “has been delighted with this positive, professional and sincere collaboration with Roberto Martinez” and lauded “Belgium’s impeccable performance during the World Cup qualification”.

Belgium are in Group G with England, Tunisia and Panama. (AP)

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