Saturday, January 28, 2023

Official: Didier Deschamps to remain France coach until 2026

Updates. at 11:15

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Deschamps takes Les Bleus to consecutive World Cup finals

France coach Didier Deschamps has extended his contract until 2026, taking him to the next World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Deschamps took France to the final in Qatar, but could not repeat his 2018 success as Les Blas were beaten on penalties by Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

He has been in charge of the French national team since 2012. He took them to the final of the European Championships in 2016, losing to Portugal on home soil, and led them to World Cup success in Russia four years ago.

He will now have at least two more shots at glory, with the Euros coming up in Germany next year and then the World Cup in 2026 to see him through to the end of his contract.

As a player, Deschamps was also a member of the France team that won the World Cup in 1998 and the Euro in 2000.

There had been some expectation before the World Cup in Qatar that Deschamps would step down in the role, with Zinedine Zidane among the candidates to replace him, regardless of France’s tournament.

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