France coach Didier Deschamps extends his contract until the 2026 World Cup

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On Saturday, 54-year-old Didier Deschamps, coach of the French national football team, announced the extension of the country’s game federation until the end of the 2026 World Cup. ..) They were pleased to announce Didier Deschamps’ extension contract at the helm of the French national team until June 2026. Deschamps’ contract with the “Roosters” team ended after the last World Cup in Qatar in 2022, after France finished second behind world champions Argentina .

he said Didier Deschamps On Saturday, he will remain coach of the France national football team until the 2026 World Cup, having led his country to the World Cup final in the last two editions.

The contract of Deschamps, who began his career with France in 2012, expired following the latest Qatar 2022 World Cup when the defending champion finished second behind Argentina on penalties after a thrilling match.

“I’m going to announce something that makes me very happy, which is that my boss (Noel Le Graet) has decided to extend it until 2026,” Deschamps said at the federation’s general assembly in Paris.

The 54-year-old continued: “I thank the president for his constant support and constant trust. This is something essential in the work of the French national team.”

On the other hand, the French Federation has published on its official website: “The French Federation and its president, Noel Le Graet, express their happiness in announcing the extension of Didier Deschamps’ contract at the helm of the French national team until June 2026.”

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Deschamps managed to snag the extension up to the World Cups in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026, while Le Graet wanted to extend it up to the 2024 European Championships in Germany, according to press reports.

The 1998 world champion as a player and 2018 as a coach has the longest career with the French national team, ahead of Michel Hidalgo, who stayed eight years and six months (March 1976-June 1984), the most appearances in charge of the national team ( 138 compared to Raymond Dominique’s 79), a particularly impressive record he can boast of.

He was named “Diy Dee” two years after the Knysna scandal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, succeeding Laurent Blanc, and brought the French team back to safety: the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he lost to Germany 0 -1, which was then crowned, the 2016 European Cup final against Portugal, the 2018 Russia World Cup title and then the Qatar World Cup final.

His only failure came in the 2021 European Cup when the Blues were knocked out of the final standings by Switzerland. He also led the French national team to the 2021 European Nations League title and is currently ranked third in the FIFA rankings.

In 138 matches for France, Deschamps recorded 89 wins, 28 draws and 21 losses, and his team scored 279 goals and conceded 119 goals.

The coaching staff, made up of assistant Guy Stéphane, goalkeeping coach Franck Raviu and physical trainer Cyril Moane, will also continue his career with the French national team.

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