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Marc Wilmots Sacked As Belgium Manager

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Marc Wilmots Out As Belgium Head Coach

Brussels, Belgian – The Belgian FA has announced that Marc Wilmots has left his role as coach of Belgium following their Euro 2016 quarterfinal exit, the federation announced.

Wilmots says in a statement on the Belgian soccer federation’s website that his exit was agreed to after a four-year spell in charge.

Belgium’s star-studded team, ranked No2 in FIFA’s world rankings, lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarter-finals and generally underwhelmed during their time in France.

“The Royal Belgian Football Association have made an agreement with Marc Wilmots to end his contract, that lasted until 2018,” read an official statement on the Belgian FA’s website. “With Marc Wilmots as a head coach, the Red Devils have climbed from the 54th position to the top of the FIFA world ranking. He managed to win 34 games out of 51, including eight draws. Above all, the fans have reinstalled their love for the Belgian Red Devils during this period.

“The RBFA’s technical commission have made an evaluation of the recent Euro 2016 and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached. There is a common sense that the team needs a new impulse to lead this group towards a top result at a major tournament.”

Wilmots, who won 70 caps as a player, became Belgium head coach in 2012 having previously been assistant to Dick Advocaat and later Georges Leekens. He led the side to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to Argentina, and then to this summer’s European Championship finals via an impressive qualifying campaign in which they topped Group B, winning seven of their 10 fixtures.

The 47-year-old Wilmots says the team “can be proud of what we achieved together.”

The Belgian FA also announced the nation will face Spain in a friendly on Sept. 1 in Brussels.