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Didier Deschamps confides in his painful mourning after the death of his father

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This Friday August 12, Didier Deschamps did not hesitate to confide in the columns of “L’Équipe”. An intimate interview in which the coach of the France football team spoke about the death of his father and the painful mourning he has to face.

A difficult test. On May 31, the French Football Federation announced the death of Didier Deschamps’ father. “It is with great sadness that I learned of the disappearance of Didier’s father this morning. Didier went to join his loved ones and I assure him of all my friendship and my support in this ordeal”, said Noël Le Graët, the president of the FFF, in a press release. Immediately, the coach of the Blues had left Clairefontaine to visit his family in the Basque Country. A house painter by trade, Pierre Deschamps was a big rugby fan. He had notably played under the colors of Biarritz Olympique, a prestigious French club. Passionate about the oval ball, the stadium lover shared a love of sport with his son Didier. An accomplice link that ended abruptly. “The death of my dad was violent for me, and suddenly”, confided Didier Deschamps during an interview granted The Team this Friday, August 12. And to add to the media: “Sometimes you can be prepared, but here we weren’t at all.” Since this tragedy, the tricolor coach admits not having the “strength” and his “usual energy” to motivate his troops. Despite everything, the husband of Claude Deschamps does not wish to be taken in pity. “I’m not going to prohibit people from judging me and judging the France team on their matches. I don’t want to soften people or anythingsaid the father of the family.

Didier Deschamps marked by the death of his brother

In 1987, Didier Deschamps had to face another terrible ordeal. His brother, Philippe, had died in a plane crash. A difficult time that the family had gone through together, as told by the coach of the France team in a TF1 documentary broadcast in 2019. “It’s so unfair, but we live with it. We have to. […] The years have passed, time does its work, but we cannot forget. And then, it was at Christmas time… We remain marked for life, of courseexplained Didier Deschamps.

Philippe Deschamps died on Monday, December 21, 1987. The 22-year-old was one of the sixteen dead (thirteen passengers and three crew members) in the crash of AF (Air France) flight 1919 linking Brussels to Bordeaux. The plane had crashed while landing, due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility on the ground. At the same time, Claude Deschamps, Didier’s companion, had lost her dad.

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