Didier Deschamps extended as head of the France team until the 2026 World Cup

She was waiting. The extension of Didier Deschamps at the head of the France team was officially announced on Saturday January 7 by the principal concerned during the general assembly of the French Football Federation (FFF).

“I am going to announce something which is a great pleasure for me, namely that my president has decided to extend me until 2026”declared Didier Deschamps at the podium of the assembly, where he was greeted by an ovation. “I thank the President [de la FFF, Noël Le Graët] for his constant support and continued trusthe added. This is something that is essential in the functioning of the France team. »

Rumors about the extension of the contract of Didier Deschamps, national team coach since 2012, have been circulating since the World Cup final, in which the Blues lost to Argentina. On Friday, Mr. Deschamps met with Mr. Le Graët about his future with the Blues, the main point of disagreement residing in the duration of the contract offered to the coach.

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“Exceptional record”

The latter wanted to remain in office until the 2026 World Cup, when Mr. Le Graët preferred to extend his coach until 2024, at the end of the Euro which will take place in Germany. The leader of the French men’s team, whose new contract ends in June 2026, the launch date of the World Cup co-organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico, therefore finally prevailed.

In a statementthe FFF highlights the “exceptional record” of the ex-international at the head of the Blues, who under his leadership won “the 2018 World Cup, the 2021 Nations League, reached the final of Euro 2016 and that of the 2022 World Cup”. The France team, currently third in the FIFA rankings, “has been consistently in the top four for the past five years”recalls the federation.

Didier Deschamps’ assistant, Guy Stéphan, goalkeeping coach, Franck Raviot, and Les Bleus physical trainer, Cyril Moine, are also continuing the adventure with the France team..

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The World with AFP

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