World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps has agreed a new deal with the French Football Federation, leaving him in charge until the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
His recent contract extension is his third since taking over from Laurent Blanc after Euro 2012, also lengthening his deal in 2015 and 2017. The former Juventus midfielder is already France’s longest-serving manager – overseeing 100 games as Les Bleus boss up to this point.
Since his arrival, Deschamps has won 65 of his 100 games in charge, leaving him with more victories as the manager of the French national team than Michel Hidalgo (41), Raymond Domenech (41), Aimé Jacquet (34) and Roger Lemerre (34).
His most obvious success with France was, of course, their World Cup victory in 2018, with his side bouncing back from heartbreak at Euro 2016. Despite Deschamps generally being known more as a pragmatist rather than a football revolutionary or attacking philosopher, which reflects his days as a player almost perfectly, his youthful France side were able to blitz through some of their opponents during the World Cup triumph – namely Argentina and Croatia.
France’s victory meant that he became one of only three men to win the World Cup as a player and coach and in September 2018, Deschamps was also named the ‘Best Coach of the Year’ by FIFA.
Despite his cautious style occasionally ruffling a few feathers of Les Bleus supporters, the French Football Federation has continued to back their man. Deschamps’ side, of course, recently qualified for next summer’s European Championships and were put into the ‘Group of Death’ alongside Germany and Portugal at the group stage draw – which took place a couple of weeks ago.
During France’s upcoming run at Euro 2020 and the World Cup a couple of years later, Deschamps will be accompanied by Guy Stephan (assistant coach) and Franck Raviot (goalkeeper coach) – with the pair also extending their contracts with the Federation.