France Extend Deschamps’ Contract Until 2022

France’s national football team head coach Didier Deschamps arrives for a press conference at the team’s base camp in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on October 8, 2018. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Didier Deschamps’ contract as coach of world champions France has been extended through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a source said Tuesday.

Deschamps, a former France skipper who led the team to 1998 World Cup glory, has been at the coaching helm of Les Bleus since summer 2012.

The decision to extend his contract will be made official by the French football federation at a press conference later Tuesday, the source told AFP.

Federation president Noel Le Graet had previously said that a contract extension for the 51-year-old Deschamps was dependent on France qualifying for the 2020 European championships.

Deschamps duly guided France into the competition, where they have been drawn alongside 2014 world champions Germany, reigning European champions Portugal and one more team still to qualify through the play-offs.

Deschamps will shortly become the longest-serving France coach, overtaking the eight years and six months of service by Michel Hidalgo between January 1976-June 1984.

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Lloris Out For Two Months, Says Deschamps

Tottenham Hotspur’s French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lies injured after Brighton’s French striker Neal Maupay scores his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 5, 2019. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will “almost certainly” be out of action for the rest of the year after his horror injury at the weekend, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday.

“It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available,” said Deschamps as France players gathered for their next Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland on Friday and Turkey three days later.

“What matters to us right now is that he will not be with us for this round of games or for the next.”

France face Albania and Moldova in November.

Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in conceding the opening goal of Spurs’ 3-0 defeat by Brighton on Saturday, dropping a cross before falling backwards and landing badly.

The Spurs goalkeeper was given oxygen and morphine as he was carried from the field before being taken to hospital.

“Almost certainly, he won’t be back on the pitch in 2019,” said Deschamps.

Steve Mandanda will take over in goal for France against Iceland while Paulo Gazzaniga, who replaced Lloris on Saturday, is likely to continue in the role for struggling Spurs.

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Pogba Misses Training For France Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba

 

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba will miss Monday’s French team training session for their upcoming Euro-2020 qualifiers, coach Didier Deschamps said Monday.

Pogba “has an ankle problem” following United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday.

“He is having tests in Manchester and I am waiting for the results,” Deschamps said at the French training centre.

He said he had been told that Pogba would not appear for the 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) session.

France play Albania on Saturday and Andorra the following Tuesday in Euro 2020 qualifying.

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Deschamps Keen To Lead France Into 2022 World Cup

France’s head coach Didier Deschamps (R) speaks with France’s defender Samuel Umtiti during a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, on March 18, 2019, as part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 Group H qualifying football matches against Moldova and Iceland.
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France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps has told AFP he would like to remain in his job until the 2022 finals in Qatar.

The 50-year-old Deschamps, who took charge of France in 2012, guided Les Bleus to a second World Cup title in Russia, two decades after lifting the trophy as captain on home soil.

“For me to be able to carry on until the next World Cup is obviously something, I would not be unhappy about, but we’ll see,” Deschamps said Tuesday.

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“I have a very good relationship with (FFF) president (Noel Le Graet). I’m under contract until the European Championships, which is the only certainty right now.”

Deschamps’s deal runs until June 2020, but the former France and Juventus midfielder admitted any extension would depend on the performance of his team.

“It’s linked to results. But before thinking about 2022, first come the qualifiers (for Euro 2020),” he said.

Deschamps said the thought of quitting amid the euphoria of July’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow had never crossed his mind, insisting there was more to be achieved.

“Quite simply because I feel really good,” he said. “I still have the same passion, the same desire and because I’m convinced there are still great things to be done with this squad.”

Asked if he could see himself emulating the longevity of Germany coach Joachim Loew, who has held the post since 2006, Deschamps replied: “He’s a good example. It goes to show continuity at the top level is not all that bad.”

“He (Loew) took the team to steer it to the World Cup title in 2014. Lately, and on the back of the last World Cup, it’s been difficult for him,” continued Deschamps, referring to Germany’s shock elimination in the group stage in Russia.

“He was (considered) the best five years ago, and today he’s not become the worst, far from it. He’s someone who has proved a lot and I’m happy he’s remained in charge of the Germany team.”

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PSG’s Alleged Racial Profiling ‘Unacceptable’ – Deschamps

 

France coach Didier Deschamps has attacked Paris Saint-Germain’s alleged racial profiling of players as “unacceptable and intolerable”.

Last week French investigative website Mediapart claimed that the Ligue 1 club’s talent scouts operated a system of racial profiling for years.

The revelations prompted the French champions to launch an immediate investigation.

PSG’s general manager Jean-Claude Blanc acknowledged that the practice which is illegal in France did take place but he blamed the scandal on a “handful of individuals” acting on their own.

Deschamps gave a forthright response when tackled on the affair at a training camp for France’s Nations League game against the Netherlands on Friday.

“I’ll keep this short, they are simply unacceptable and intolerable actions,” the France boss said.

Mediapart, citing the latest series of Football Leaks documents, said that between 2013 and this year, PSG’s scouting department filled in recruitment forms on potential youth signings that included a section on ethnicity.

The section offered four options: French, West Indian, North African, African.

Documenting information on racial or ethnic origins is outlawed in France.

The club said an internal probe was launched last month “to understand how such practices could exist and decide what measures to take”.

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Manchester United In Trouble, Could Lose Pogba – Deschamps

France’s national football team head coach Didier Deschamps arrives for a press conference at the team’s base camp in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on October 8, 2018, ahead of the upcoming friendly football match against Iceland and the Nations League match against Germany. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Manchester United are in trouble and fans of Italian champions Juventus are right to dream of signing Paul Pogba, France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps said on Wednesday.

“All of Manchester United are in trouble. Pogba is still the same and is one of the best midfielders in the world,” Deschamps told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport of the tensions between Pogba and United boss Jose Mourinho.

“However, I’ll never comment on relationships between players and coaches.”

Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus, whom he joined for free in 2012 after walking out of United after the club failed to tie him to a new contract.

He then returned to United in 2016 on a five-year contract for a then-record transfer fee of 105m euros (£89.3 million).

Deschamps suggested the prospect of Pogba once again quitting United for Juventus was not so far-fetched.

“Dreams are a part of life,” he added. “Maybe the fans hadn’t dreamed of Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended up signing.

“Sometimes dreams come true, but compared to a few years ago it would cost Juve a lot more to buy Pogba now.”

Deschamps managed Juventus in the mid-2000s after the club were demoted from Serie A amid a match-fixing scandal, having played for five years with the club until 1999.

“Today’s Juve is as strong the one with which I won the Champions League in 1996,” said the 49-year-old of the Italian champions’ last European triumph.

“The difference is also down to details. This Juventus has the means to be among the favourites.

“Cristiano Ronaldo makes Champions League victory almost obligatory.

“With him, Juventus have guaranteed a player who can be decisive in important moments. He is a great professional,” Deschamps said.

“Serie A is an important league anyway, even if the Premier League is ahead because of the superior financial means.

“The arrival of Ronaldo guarantees greater exposure for the league abroad, a bit like Neymar in Ligue 1.

“Of course people talked about Juventus before, but it’s clear that the marketing effect of a champion like CR7 (Ronaldo) allows you to reach every corner of the globe.”

Deschamps, meanwhile, said he was happy coaching France but believes former France and Juventus teammate Zinedine Zidane could return to Italy having left Real Madrid last summer.

“That position is already occupied by a great coach like (Massimilano) Allegri, who is doing a great job,” said Deschamps.

“Maybe Zidane, with his Bianconero past like mine, will have his chance. We’ll see.”

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Deschamps Unfazed By Worsening Pogba-Mourinho Feud

Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) and French midfielder Paul Pogba leave after the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

France coach Didier Deschamps insisted Thursday he was not concerned by escalating tensions between Paul Pogba and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after he named his latest squad ahead of games against Iceland and Germany.

Pogba told reporters he was “not allowed” to talk as he passed through the post-match mixed zone interview area following United’s 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

It was the latest episode in an increasingly tense atmosphere at the club, where a growing rift between Pogba and Mourinho saw the France international stripped of the vice-captaincy last week.

“I’m not worried at all. I’m definitely not Jose Mourinho and I’m not going o meddle in their relationship,” Deschamps said.

“Everything is clear with Paul. He knows each time why he’s here and what I expect from him.”

United are languishing down in 10th place in the Premier League after seven matches, and suffered a shock defeat by second-tier Derby County in the League Cup last week.

Pogba, a key member of France’s World Cup-winning side in Russia, also appeared to get under Mourinho’s skin after their recent draw with Wolves by saying United should attack more.

“There’s what’s happening at their clubs but that doesn’t just depend on them,” said Deschamps.

“You can’t separate individual performance from a team performance with certain clubs who can go through a spell where results aren’t as good.

“That goes for all the players. You have to take that into consideration, but the set-up is different when they join us in the France squad.”

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Deschamps Hails France ‘Wonderful’ World Cup Victory

Deschamps Hails France 'Wonderful' World Cup Victory
France’s coach Didier Deschamps celebrates after winning at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

 

France coach Didier Deschamps hailed his side’s “wonderful” World Cup victory after a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Sunday’s final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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The 49-year-old becomes only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach after leading France to their maiden title in 1998 as captain.

“It’s so beautiful, so wonderful,” Deschamps told French TV channel TF1.

“I’m really happy for this group… It wasn’t always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years.”

France Begins Party After World Cup Victory
France’s coach Didier Deschamps is tossed by players at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

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No Favour For Denmark, Says France Coach Deschamps

No Favour For Denmark, Says France Coach Deschamps
France’s defender N’golo Kante (R) is comforted by France’s coach Didier Deschamps (C) after he was substituted during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Bulgaria and France at The Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia on October 7, 2017. Nikolay DOYCHINOV / AFP

 

France coach Didier Deschamps said his team will be going all out to win their final World Cup group game against Denmark on Tuesday as they look to wrap up first place.

Deschamps is expected to make several changes for the encounter in Moscow with France guaranteed a spot in the last 16 following wins over Australia and Peru.

Denmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot in Group C with a victory.

“We are not going to give them a helping hand. Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that,” Deschamps told reporters at the Luzhniki Stadium on Monday.

“I would never say to my team that we’re playing for a draw. I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match.

“I’m sure Denmark will also be playing to win.”

Deschamps admitted he could rest players in danger of suspension, with midfield trio Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso all a booking away from missing the next match.

“If I can preserve them, it’s now,” Deschamps said. “I won’t be able to that after that.”

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane looks likely to captain the side, with Steve Mandanda expected to start in goal ahead of regular skipper Hugo Lloris.

“I have 23 players, they can all have a role to play and start a match,” Deschamps added. “There are no risks, if they’re here it’s because they’re ready to play.”

Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the tournament, calling them “nothing special”.

“Everyone is free to say what they want and accept responsibility. It wasn’t a very nice thing,” said Deschamps.

“The players read and listen more than me. They know very well what the coach said.

“That’s not what’s going to fire up the players that are going to start tomorrow.”

Title contenders France have yet to hit top gear in Russia, churning out a 2-1 victory over Australia before scraping past Peru 1-0.

Varane believes there is much more to come from the team, particularly going forward.

“I think we have progressed compared to the beginning of the competition,” Varane said. “We have improved which is great and we need to carry on.”

“In attack I think we can still progress, we can still hurt the opponent more,” he added. “We saw it in different phases during our last game but we can do better. We have the quality to tear defences apart.”

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Giroud Starts For France In Peru Showdown

Giroud Starts For France In Peru Showdown
France’s forward Olivier Giroud (2R) attends with team-mates a training session at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 20, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will start for France against Peru in their World Cup Group C encounter on Thursday with coach Didier Deschamps dropping Ousmane Dembele.

France will seal their spot in the knockout rounds with a victory thanks to the 1-1 stalemate between Australia and Denmark and defeat for Peru will end their Russian campaign.

The 31-year-old Giroud will be the focal point of the French attack, with starlet Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann playing off him.

The 21-year-old Barcelona man Dembele pays the price for making little impact in France’s stuttering 2-1 victory over Australia in their opener.

Blaise Matuidi replaces Corentin Tolisso in midfield in Deschamps’s other change.

Tottenham Hotspur and France captain Hugo Lloris will win his 100th cap for his country in Yekaterinburg, the most eastern city at the World Cup.

Lloris, along with the skippers of Denmark and Australia, backed Peru talisman Paolo Guerrero in calling for his drugs ban to be overturned for the World Cup.

Peru’s all-time leading goalscorer and captain was surprisingly on the bench for Peru’s opening game, coming on in the second half, but the South Americans went down 1-0 to Denmark.

The 34-year-old Guerrero will face Lloris from the start after Peru coach Ricardo Gareca chose him in his starting XI in place of Jefferson Farfan.

Peru are competing in their first World Cup since 1982.

France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe

Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Peru: Pedro Gallese, Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Trauco, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Andre Carrillo, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Paolo Guerrero

Coach: Ricardo Gareca (ARG)

Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan (UAE)

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France Advance Into Euro 2016 Quarter-Finals

Euro 2016, France,Host country France had to battle from a goal down to beat the Republic of Ireland to reach the quarter-finals at the ongoing euro championship.

Ireland got off to a stunning start in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box.

But the French team hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal, both in the second half.

“I knew it was going to be a difficult match, and when Ireland took the lead it made us a bit more uncomfortable in the first half.

They showed a lot of enthusiasm but we had to dig deep, get through the situation and get in front,” France coach, Didier Deschamps, said.

He also explained his half time change which brought in Conman for Kante, “It was to get more presence up front. Ireland were quite deep so we wanted to get Griezmann closer to Giroud, bring on some speed with Coman and use the wings a bit better.

“But above all, to get more presence up front – the four attacking players all created chances.”

The Republic of Ireland ended the match with 10 men as Shane Duffy was sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.

Didier Deschamps’s side will face England or Iceland in the next round at Stade de France on Sunday.

Euro 2016: Deschamp, Payet, React To Second Round Qualification

Euro 2016, Payet, DeschampThe coach of the French national team, Didier Deschamps, has praised the effort of his team in qualifying for the round of 16 of the UEFA Euro 2016 with victory over Albania on Wednesday.

The French coach was happy with the performance of France Midfielder, Dimitri Payet, praising his consistency on the ball and will to fight.

“Payet has become more consistent. He’s always had ability and a lot of confidence. Now, in one-on-one situations and challenges, he’s always up for the fight.

“Clearly we didn’t do everything well. If you’ve seen a team that has, please tell me. We were a bit laborious in the first 45 minutes because Albania were physically fresh,” he told Uefa.com.

Deschamp also commended the style of the Albanians, acknowledging their effort in defence and on the counter attack.

“Albania played with a lot of heart and spirit. They defended well and have the ability to counterattack. We might have scored earlier, we had a lot of chances. While it was goalless it was a good result for Albania. It’s always difficult against teams that keep it tight. Once we finally got going we let loose a bit, albeit slightly late in the day.

“Pogba (being on the bench) was more of a tactical decision. With that system I thought we needed two scrappers in the middle of the park. As for Griezmann, I’m managing him. Neither he nor Pogba is happy. Often players who come off the bench can make the difference. That was the case in the opening match and again tonight,” he said.

Meanwhile, Man of the Match, Dimitri Payet, recognizing his efforts, said the late goals have shown how patient the team is in winning games.

“Once again I made the difference and I’ve known for a while that my island (reunion) is right behind me and there is fervent support for Les Bleus. They’re very proud that France have made it through to the last 16.

“What’s great is that the late goals are nothing new. Since March, when we played the Netherlands, we’ve shown that we can go out and win games late on. We had to be patient”, the midfielder said.

Late goals from substitute, Antonio Griezmann and Man of the Match, Dimitri Payet, against Albania secured France qualification into the second round of the Euro 2016.