Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Deschamps signs extension to continue in command of France

PARIS ( Associated Press) — After leading France to another World Cup final, coach Didier Deschamps has signed on for another shot at the title, extending his contract until July 2026.

The French Football Federation announced the contract extension on Saturday.

A World Cup winner as a player, Deschamps took charge of the French team in July 2012 and guided France to the World Cup title in 2018, defeating Croatia in the World Cup final.

Under Deschamps, France defended their title at the World Cup in Qatar, losing an epic final to Argentina, who beat France 4–2 on penalties after a 3–3 draw to win their third title, in which the 35-year-old The player was involved in two goals. Hat-tricks by Lionel Messi and his successor, French striker Kylian Mbappe.

Deschamps has a good working relationship with FFF President Noël Le Graët.

“In Qatar we almost achieved what we wanted, winning the World Cup. There were a lot of positives to consider,” Deschamps said on Saturday.

The French players were disappointed after losing such a tense final, but were moved by the welcome they received upon arriving home.

Deschamps said, “When we got back to France, I realized what emotion and passion the World Cup can generate.” “We got a lot of support. You can count on me to keep France at the highest level.”

The federation said Deschamps’ right-hand man, assistant coach Guy Stephane, would also remain with Les Bleus, as would goalkeeping coach Franck Ravot and fitness trainer Cyril Moine.

In 139 games under Deschamps, France won 89, drew 28 and lost just 22, scoring 279 goals and conceding 119 goals.

France reached the final of the European Championship on home soil in 2016, losing 1–0 to Portugal in extra time.

But Euro 2020 ended in disappointment as Les Bleus lost to Switzerland on penalties in the round of 16. Germany is the host of the 2024 edition.

The United States, Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup, which begins in June of that year.

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