Gaspard de Vaubicourt, edited by Gauthier Delomez
06:16, August 16, 2022
Didier Deschamps has served as coach of the French football team for ten years. The 1998 world champion has led 129 matches since his appointment, and won the World Cup in 2018. On the occasion of these ten years at the head of the Blues, Europe 1 retraces the course of “DD”, from his beginnings in 2012 until today.
129 matches managed in ten years: on August 15, 2012, Didier Deschamps began his adventure as coach of the French football team. A second career in Blues for the 1998 world champion, who had the first major mission of transforming a hated team after the fiasco of the World Cup in South Africa into a popular team. On the occasion of these ten years, Europe 1 takes stock of “DD” at the head of the France team.
Dream beginnings before a first painful failure
A first goal accomplished is to be credited to Didier Deschamps in 2013, when he qualified the Blues for the 2014 World Cup, thanks to a 3-0 success in the return play-off against Ukraine in a Stade de France boiling.
His selection plays the World Cup in Brazil where it is eliminated in the quarter-finals against Germany (1-0). In the summer of 2014, France discovers Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, who will bring the Blues to the final of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France. A painful final for the French team which lost against Portugal (1-0 ap), but the best was yet to come for the Blues.
The pinnacle of victory at the 2018 Worlds
After this defeat, the French team under Deschamps had its greatest victory on July 15, 2018, in the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. French players won the most prestigious football competition against Croatia (4-2), a second time, 20 years after 1998.
Next goal: the World Cup in Qatar
After the euphoria, the failure of Euro 2020, postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19, with a round of 16 loss to Switzerland on penalties (3-3, 5 tab to 4). This elimination somewhat tickled Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, who still retains his confidence for the moment in the coach, as he explained on Europe 1.
“After the World Cup (in Qatar), who knows? If we win it, why do you want to change?” he remarked, before adding: “If we have a very bad World Cup, it there will be a lot of changes. We do the World Cup and we discuss afterwards.” Didier Deschamps begins his second decade at the head of the Blues, a place he does not intend to give up anytime soon. His next goal is, of course, the World Cup in Qatar in November.