still undecided on his future with the Blues


DIDIER DESCHAMPS. As the FFF’s executive committee meets this Friday, January 6, 2023, ahead of a general meeting scheduled for Saturday, the future of Blues coach Didier Deschamps remains on hold.

[Mis à jour le 6 janvier 2023 à 14h34] Nothing is set in stone regarding the possible renewal of Didier Deschamps as coach of the Blues, when his contract expired on December 31, 2022. The executive committee of the French Football Federation (FFF), called “Comex”, meets this Friday, January 6, 2023, prior to a general meeting on Saturday. If we could have expected an announcement about Didier Deschamps’ future this weekend, it finally looks like that won’t be the case.

in the columns of The team, Noël Le Graët, president of the FFF, in fact declared that “the coach’s case” was not foreseen “on the Comex menu” nor at the general meeting, Thursday, January 5th. “The decision will come after the meeting”, said the president of the FFF. Questioned by the daily about this possible renewal, Noël Le Graët remained evasive: “We can’t say anything. I have nothing to add. I didn’t argue with him anymore. He came to Guingamp. I’ll see him again in about 5 minutes… .”

Speaking of Guingamp, the president of the FFF refers to the meeting that took place between the two men on December 29, 2022. A discussion whose content remained confidential, as he recalled west of france. On December 19th, The team had revealed that the coach of the Blues wanted to extend until 2026 by signing a new four-year contract. The daily explained that Noël Le Graët was, for his part, more in favor of a two-year contract that would end in 2024, after the Euro to be held in Germany.

If the Blues leave, what future for Didier Deschamps?

The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, returned on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, to France 2, about the possible future of Didier Deschamps if he was not renewed in front of the Blues. “When you have such an exceptional personality, you must never forget what a privilege it is. He brings so much to this team, he is on top of the world. It is a great chance and a great asset for the Less than 600 days of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. , you can share your experience, help the teams, talk to them… In connection with the National Sports Agency and the work led by Claude Onesta (general director of High Performance, editor’s note), I think there are things that he can bring beyond football,” said Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

Didier Deschamps’ agent, Jean Pierre Bernes, in turn, discarded the idea of ​​Didier Deschamps arriving as president of the FFF, at the microphone of BFM-TV Monday, December 19, 2022. “No way. (…) First, Didier is still young. He still has ambitions to manage a team and players. He is not in this project at all. Not at all He’s nothing like being President of the Federation. He’s a country man, that’s what he likes. That’s what he’s always liked. Since he was 24 he’s been a leader of men. He was captain of big teams in Nantes , in Marseille, in Turin. He has also managed big clubs. (…) These are not the questions or the pressures that may be in the coming days, and that is absolutely normal, that will make him change his mind. “

A new conflict with Benzema?

Some elements suggest that the disenchantment between Karim Benzema and the Blues staff has flared up again. The Frenchman notably decided to decline the invitation from the FFF and Emmanuel Macron to go to Doha to watch the Blues final. And the player’s communication was controversial: few messages of support during the competition, but above all this photo of him, pouting, posted on the eve of the final with the following comment: “I’m not interested”. If nothing is clear in this way of speaking, it was already quite obvious that the situation between Karim Benzema and the FFF was delicate. The newspaper The team, who is not one to archive rumors, took the liberty of publishing, on Sunday, December 18, 2022, an article entitled “The ‘Benzema file’ polluted the preparation for the World Cup final”. According to the French daily, the relationship between the Real Madrid player and Didier Deschamps would have deteriorated: the player would have liked to do everything possible with the Blues medical team to be available to the French national team in the final phase of the Cup competition. , which Didier Deschamps would have refused, considering that the group dynamic occurs without the absentees.

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Didier Deschamps was born on October 15, 1968, in Bayonne, where he grew up with his parents Pierre and Ginette, and his older brother Philippe. After joining the FC Nantes training ground in 1983, he quickly moved into the defensive midfielder position. During his stay in the Loire-Atlantique, he had the happiness of meeting Claude, his future wife, but also the misfortune of losing his brother Philippe, victim of a plane crash on December 21, 1987, then his father-in-law, who died of a stroke cardiac arrest three days later. At the end of the five years he spent in the colors of Nantes, he was transferred to Olympique de Marseille. Loaned to Girondins de Bordeaux during the 1990–91 season, he returned to Marseille in 1991 to win and become club captain. With OM, he won the Champions League in 1993 and two French championship titles in 1990 and 1992. In 1994, he joined Juventus in Turin, where, with Zinédine Zidane, he won eleven titles, including a new Champions League in 1996 and three Italian league titles. At the same time, summoned to the French national team since 1989, he became captain of the national team in 1994 and established himself as a relay on the field of coach Aimé Jacquet. With the Blues, he won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. He signed for Chelsea in 1999, then Valencia in 2000. At the end of the season, he retired as a player.

In 2001, he was appointed coach of Monaco, the club with which he played in the Champions League final in 2004. In 2006, he coached Juventus Turin for one season, relegated to the 2nd division. OM where he won five titles, including French champions in 2010. He left the club in 2012 to take over the reins of the French national team, which he led to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where France reached the quarter-finals. In 2016, the blues are in the Euro final, defeated in extra time by Portugal (1-0). The French team takes revenge two years later, winning its second World Cup in Russia. After a mixed start to the competition, the victory in the round of 16 against Argentina propelled the “blues” to the final, where they dominated Croatia (4-2). Didier Deschamps then qualifies the Blues for Euro 2021, where they are among the big favorites of the competition. But France were finally defeated by Switzerland on penalties in the Round of 16. In 2022, he manages, for the second consecutive time, to take the French team to the final of the World Cup in Qatar, but the blues are defeated by Leo Messi’s Argentina, again on penalties.

According to data published by the Dutch media Zoom TV in 2018, Didier Deschamps would receive a salary of €3.4 million (excluding bonuses) from the French Football Federation. A few months later, during an interview with Parisian, the coach of the Blues refused, however, to confirm these numbers. “I’m not going to tell you, because it’s indecent, he explained. It’s impossible to talk about it. I’ve known for many years that I’m a privileged person. I’m not ashamed, quite the contrary. I could argue, but Mr. and Mrs. Everyone can’t hear that, because they’re in trouble.”

As a player, Didier Deschamps was part of the team that missed out on qualifying for the 1994 World Cup after the cruel defeat to Bulgaria at the Parc des Princes in November 1993. Then named captain by new coach Aimé Jacquet, the The midfielder led the Blues to their first World Cup victory on home soil in 1998. Having started his career as a club manager, Didier Deschamps took charge of the France squad after Euro 2012. He brought order to the squad and, after tough qualifiers and a snatched play-off spot against Ukraine, managed to take the Blues to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. with the young Kylian Mbappe. Result: two-time world champion, this time on the bench, after a great victory in the final against Croatia (4-2). If he then manages to lead the France team, once again, to the final of the World Cup in Qatar, in 2022, he will not be able to repeat the feat since the Blues lost to Argentina, on goal kicks.

After his training in Nantes, Didier Deschamps joined Olympique de Marseille at the age of 21. After a difficult season, he was loaned to Bordeaux. The midfielder faces Bernard Tapie, who wants to sell him to PSG. Deschamps persists and wins the right to start the season with OM. Two seasons later, the young player became the first captain of a French team to lift the Champions League trophy on 26 May 1993. He left the club a year later to join Juventus Turin. In 2009, Didier Deschamps returned to OM as head coach. In the first year, the coach won the League Cup – Championship double, thus ending a 17-year drought without a trophy for OM. Didier Deschamps will leave Marseille in 2012, with 2 more League Cups at stake, but undermined by internal tensions.

Very discreet about his private life, Didier Deschamps has been married to Claude for over thirty years. After meeting in Nantes during their studies, the couple have a son, Dylan, born in 1996. Despite a common passion between father and son, Dylan studies in the financial sector and has launched his start-up called App4Media.

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