World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps to remain France coach till 2020

first_imgThe French Football Federation confirmed on Thursday that Didier Deschamps will remain the coach of the national team until his contract expires in 2020.FFF President Noel Le Graet confirmed that he will be there for the first match of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship in Germany and said that the federation will honour the contract handout out to the World Cup wining coach irrespective of results.”Yes, he’ll still be there for the first match in Germany,” said FFF President Noel Le Graet, referring to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship, after being asked if Deschamps would stay on after the team’s World Cup victory in Russia, reports Efe.”We had a contract until 2020 — even when things were going less well — I said that he would be in his position until that date. Now, he has won, and what a way to do it!” he added.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”He really is someone who works enormously hard, because without hard work we would have nothing. The work done by Didier and his team is significant,” Le Graet said.Deschamps joined an elite club after France’s World Cup triumph in Russia after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday. Didier Deschamps was the French captain when they won the World Cup in 1998 (Reuters Photo)Deschamps, who captained France to the elusive trophy in 1998, became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.advertisementBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.By reaching the final of the 2018 edition, Deschamps had also become the first French coach to reach the final of two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018. And he will now have the chance to script history and win the UEFA nations league in 2020 with the French team as well before his contract expires.Le Graet however, refrained from making any comments on Zinedine Zidane eventually joining the team as a coach, saying that Zizou has not expressed any interest in the position as of now.last_img read more