Manager Profile – France: Didier Deschamps9th Jul 2016 |
|Caps/Goal As a Player:||103/4|
|Number of Matches As Manager:||53|
Didier Deschamps is a name that is well remembered for everyone who followed France during their last golden age at end of the last millennia. At home in the 1998 World Cup and in the Euro 2000, France had an incredible run winning both tournaments. Didier Deschamps was the captain of France at this time, and he did his captaining good. He retired from the national team after the European Championship in 2000, and he retired as a player all together the year after. He was only 32 at the time.
He went straight to a managing career after retiring as a player. The notable thing is that he has shown an amazing ability to get results under difficult circumstances. At Monaco he won the French League Cup and took them to their first ever Champions League final. But he had difficult working conditions and some disagreements with the chairman. This led him to take a job at Juventus in 2006. This was at the time when they had just got relegated after the Italian match fixing scandal, so he had to start working with them in Series B. He led them to an immediate promotion, but he quit his job due to hard working conditions here as well. After a few years of unemployment, he joined Marseilles in 2009. When he was the manager they won the French Ligue 1 for the first time in 18 years.
It’s well known that the team had problems when he accepted the job as manager of France in 2012. They’d gone out of the World Cup in shame just two years earlier, and it didn’t look like it was going to become much better. But as we have now seen, Deschamps’ move to only include players with a fitting personality have turned out to work really well.