Former RB Leipzig head coach Domenico Tedesco has been named as the Belgium national coach.
The 37-year-old German-Italian coach was relieved of his duties at Leipzig in 2022. During his time in Saxony, Tedesco won the club their first DFB Pokal.
Tedesco’s contract with the Red Devils runs until after the 2024 European Championships in Germany. Belgium will be hoping that Tedesco can deliver the nation a first major trophy after years of shortcomings with a golden generation of Belgian talent.
Firstly, Tedesco will have to qualify for the tournament. Belgium’s route to the finals begins next month when they play Sweden in Stockholm. It’s a favourable group that also contains Austria, Azerbaijan, and Estonia. Anything but qualification will be a huge upset and failure.
Tedesco released a statement saying: “For me it is a great honour to be the new head coach of Belgium. I’m really looking forward to the task and I’m extremely motivated. I had a very good feeling right from the first conversation.”
Can the former Schalke 04, Spartak Moscow, and Leipzig deliver on one of the biggest stages of all with a massive crop of world talent? Only time will tell.
GGFN | Jamie Allen