Didier Deschamps

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Didier Deschamps
Didier Deschamps 2011.jpeg
Deschamps in September 2011 as Marseille manager
Personal information
Full name Didier Claude Deschamps
Date of birth (1968-10-15) 15 October 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Bayonne, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
France (Manager)
Youth career
1976–1983 Bayonne
1983–1985 Nantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Nantes 111 (4)
1989–1994 Marseille 123 (6)
1990–1991 Bordeaux (loan) 29 (3)
1994–1999 Juventus 124 (4)
1999–2000 Chelsea 27 (0)
2000–2001 Valencia 13 (0)
Total 427 (17)
National team
1988–1989 France U21 18 (0)
1989–2000 France 103 (4)
Teams managed
2001–2005 Monaco
2006–2007 Juventus
2009–2012 Marseille
2012– France
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Didier Claude Deschamps (French pronunciation: ​[di.dje de.ʃã] ; born 15 October 1968) is a retired French footballer and current manager of France. He played as a defensive midfielder for such clubs as Chelsea, Juventus and Marseille. In this position, he primarily excelled at impeding the opposition's attacking movements, and was capable of subsequently starting up attacking plays once he won back possession.[1] This was made possible due to his high work-rate, tenacity, stamina, and his efficacy at pressing and tackling opponents. He also had an excellent positional and organisational sense, and was known for his tactical intelligence, versatility, and his leadership.[2] As an international, he captained France to victories in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

As well as winning two French league titles in 1991 and 1992, Deschamps was part of the Marseille team which became the first, and so far only, French winners of the Champions League in 1993. Also he was the youngest captain ever to lead his team to the Champions League title when they won. After Franz Beckenbauer and followed by Iker Casillas, he was only the second captain in the history of football to have lifted the Champions League trophy, the World Cup trophy and the European Championship trophy. On 8 July 2012, Deschamps was named as the new manager of the French national team.

Club career[edit]

Didier Deschamps in 2000.

After a short passage at rugby in the Biarritz Olympique, Deschamps started his football career at an amateur club, Aviron Bayonnais whilst still at school. His potential was spotted by scouts from Nantes, for whom he signed in April 1983. Deschamps made his league debut on 27 September 1985. He transferred to Marseille in 1989. Deschamps then spent a season on loan with Bordeaux in 1990, before returning to Marseille. In this second spell with Marseille, Deschamps gained his first honours as a professional player. In 1994, Deschamps joined Juventus, with whom he won three Serie A titles, one Italian Cup, two Italian Supercups, his second Champions League title, and an Intercontinental Cup. After Juventus, Deschamps spent a season in England with Chelsea, winning the FA Cup, and scoring once against Hertha Berlin in the Champions League.[3] He finished his playing career in Spain, spending a season with Valencia, helping them to the 2001 UEFA Champions League Final, but he remained on the bench as they lost to Bayern Munich. He then retired in the summer of 2001, only 32 years old.

International career[edit]

Receiving his first international call-up from Michel Platini on 29 April 1989 against Yugoslavia, Deschamps started his international career in what was a dark time for the French team as they failed to qualify for the World Cup in both 1990 and 1994. When new team coach Aimé Jacquet began to rebuild the team for Euro 96, he initially selected Manchester United star Eric Cantona as captain. After Cantona earned a year-long suspension in January 1995, the make-up of the team changed dramatically, with veterans Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin, and David Ginola being dropped in favour of younger players such as Zinedine Zidane. Deschamps, as one of the few remaining veterans, was chosen to lead what would be later be called the "Golden Generation". He first captained France in 1996 in a friendly match against Germany as a warmup for Euro 96. During that tournament, held in England, he led them all the way to the semi-finals, their best finish in an international tournament since the 1986 World Cup. In 1998, Deschamps captained France as they won the 1998 World Cup on home soil in Paris, holding an integral role in the team. Propelled by the momentum of this triumph, Deschamps also captained France as they won Euro 2000, giving them the distinction of being the first national team to hold both the World Cup and Euro titles since West Germany did so in 1974. Following the tournament, Deschamps announced his retirement from international football, making his second last appearance in a ceremonial match against a FIFA XI in August 2000, which resulted in 5–1 victory. His final appearance was against England. At the time of his retirement Deschamps held the record for the most appearances for France, though this has since been surpassed by Marcel Desailly, Zinedine Zidane and Lilian Thuram. In total, Deschamps earned 103 caps and scored four goals. Deschamps was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Deschamps was once derisively described by Cantona as "the water-carrier"[4] by which Cantona meant that Deschamps only existed to pass the ball to "more talented" players.

Managerial career[edit]

Monaco[edit]

After retiring as a player, he went into football management. He was appointed head coach of Monaco in France's Ligue 1, leading them to the Coupe de la Ligue title in 2003 and to its first UEFA Champions League final in 2004. He resigned on 19 September 2005 after a poor start to the season, and disagreement with the club's president.

Juventus[edit]

On 10 July 2006, Deschamps was named head coach of Juventus, after Fabio Capello resigned in the wake of the match-fixing scandal. Deschamps' first game in charge of "Juve" was highly successful, since Juventus beat Alessandria 8–0 in a friendly. But poor results followed as Juventus was knocked out in the 3rd round of the Coppa Italia and then drew 1–1 against Rimini on the first day of the league season. But the following three matches, in which Juventus beat Vicenza 2–1, Crotone 0–3, and Modena 4–0, made it look like Deschamps had everything under control. Also, Deschamps helped Juventus to win their first competition since being relegated, which was the Birra Moretti Cup in which Juventus beat Internazionale 1–0 and Napoli in a penalty shoot out. He led Juventus to its return to Serie A, which was confirmed on 19 May 2007 with a 5–1 away win at Arezzo. On 26 May, several media announced Deschamps had resigned as Juventus manager, following several clashes with the club management.[5] This was however denied by the club itself a few hours later.[6] Later that evening, after the game against Mantova, which confirmed Juve as Serie B champions, Deschamps confirmed to the media that he had indeed resigned. The news was then made official by Juventus a few hours later.[7]

Marseille[edit]

Deschamps, Antonio Pintus, Nicolas Dehon and Guy Stéphan celebrating their Trophée des Champions win over Lille in 2011.

On 5 May 2009, it was announced that Deschamps would be named manager of Marseille to the upcoming season which began on 1 July 2009.[8] In his first season, he managed them to their first Ligue 1 title in 18 years.[9] His success had seen the Marseille manager linked to a return to Juventus where former president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli urged the club to bring back Deschamps to replace Ciro Ferrara. Ferrara was eventually replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni. On 29 June 2010, Deschamps signed a contract extension that will keep him at Marseille until June 2012.[10] On 6 June 2011, he extended his contract again, this time until June 2014. On 13 March 2012, his Marseille side progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1993 by beating Inter Milan.[11][12][13][14] On 14 April 2012, Olympique de Marseille won the Coupe de la Ligue for third time in a row after they beat Lyon 1–0 with Brandão scoring in extra-time. The victory also ended a winless run of 12 matches in all competitions.[15][16][17] Deschamps was delighted with Marseille's Coupe de la Ligue triumph and added: "All title wins are beautiful, as they are difficult to achieve. This is the sixth in three years. For a club that had not won anything for 17 years, it is something to be proud of. The credit goes mostly to the players, but I also want to associate my staff with the victory. This is a great source of pride for me, even if it does not change the fact it has been a difficult season in Ligue 1."[18][19][20] On 2 July 2012, Deschamps left the club by mutual agreement, citing their poor finsh of 10th place in 2011–12[21][22][23][24]

France[edit]

On 8 July 2012, Deschamps was appointed as head coach of the France national football team on a two-year contract, following in the footsteps of Laurent Blanc, who resigned after the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.[25][26][27][28][29]

France was placed in UEFA Group I for the qualification phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. UEFA Group I contained the defending world champions Spain, plus Belarus, Finland and Georgia. In that group, France earned a 1–1 draw away in the first match against Spain but lost 1–0 at home against the same opponents in the second match. After the 1–0 defeat by Spain, France failed to score a single goal in its next four matches – against Uruguay (friendly, 1–0), Brazil (friendly, 3–0), Belgium (friendly, 0–0) and Georgia(Group I qualifying match, 0–0).[30] France finished second in the group, three points behind Spain, and thus had to win the two-legged play-off tie against Ukraine to advance to the final phase of the tournament. In the first leg held in Kiev, France was beaten 2–0 by Ukraine. Coming into the second leg, Ukraine had kept eight consecutive clean sheets and had not lost their last 12 matches.[31][32] In the second leg held at the Stade de France, France beat Ukraine 3–0 to win the tie 3–2 on aggregate and became the first team to overturn a two-goal, first-leg deficit in a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship qualification play-off.[33] France thus qualified for the final phase of the FIFA World Cup for the fifth consecutive time. On 20 November 2013, Deschamps extended his contract to coach the France national football team until the UEFA Euro 2016. The extension was triggered under the terms of an agreement reached with the French Football Federation (FFF) when Deschamps replaced Laurent Blanc after the UEFA Euro 2012, whereby qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup would earn Deschamps the right to lead France until the UEFA EURO 2016 to be held in France.[34]

Honours[edit]

Statistics[edit]

As of 26 March 2013[37][38][39][40][40][41][nb 1][nb 2][nb 3]

Player[edit]

Club League Season League Cup[nb 4] Europe[nb 5] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
Nantes Division 1 1985–86 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
1986–87 19 0 1 0 2 0 22 0
1987–88 30 2 3 0 33 2
1988–89 36 1 5 0 41 1
1988–89 19 1 0 0 19 1
Total 111 4 9 0 3 0 123 4
Marseille Division 1 1989–90 17 1 5 3 4 0 26 4
Total 17 1 5 3 4 0 26 4
Bordeaux Division 1 1990–91 29 3 1 0 4 0 34 3
Total 29 3 1 0 4 0 34 3
Marseille Division 1 1991–92 36 4 4 0 4 0 44 4
1992–93 36 1 3 0 11 0 50 1
1993–94 34 0 4 0 38 0
Total 106 5 11 0 15 0 132 5
Italy Serie A Coppa Italia Europe Total
Juventus Serie A 1994–95 14 1 3 0 6 0 23 1
1995–96 30 2 1 0 8 0 39 2
1996–97 26 1 3 0 10 0 39 1
1997–98 25 0 0 0 8 0 33 0
1998–99 29 0 1 0 9 0 39 0
Total 124 4 8 0 41 0 173 4
England League FA Cup Europe Total
Chelsea Premier League 1999–00 27 0 6 0 14 1 47 1
Total 27 0 6 0 14 1 47 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
Valencia La Liga 2000–01 13 0 1 0 7 0 21 0
Total 13 0 1 0 7 0 21 0
Career totals 427 17 41 3 88 1 556 21

International[edit]

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1989 5 2
1990 6 1
1991 6 0
1992 11 0
1993 8 0
1994 4 0
1995 5 0
1996 12 0
1997 6 1
1998 17 0
1999 9 0
2000 13 0
Total 103 4

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1.
11 October 1989
Parc des Princes, Paris, France  Scotland 1–0 3–0 1990 World Cup qualification
2.
18 November 1989
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 1990 World Cup qualification
3.
24 January 1990
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam, Kuwait City, Kuwait  East Germany 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4.
22 January 1997
Estádio Primeiro de Maio, Braga, Portugal  Portugal 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 4 September 2014.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Monaco 2001 2005 160 79 45 36 49.38
Juventus 2006 2007 44 31 11 2 70.45
Marseille 2009 2012 164 82 41 41 50.00
France 2012 Present 30 17 6 7 56.67
Total 397 208 103 86 52.39

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also played 3 (1995, 1997, 1998) Supercoppa Italiana games.
  2. ^ Also played 1 (1996) UEFA Super Cup game.
  3. ^ Also played 1 (1996) Intercontinental Cup game.
  4. ^ Includes League Cup (but none played)
  5. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • (French) Pascuito, Bernard (2013). La face cachée de Didier Deschamps. First. ISBN 978-2-7540-5471-3. 
  • (French) Rouch, Dominique (2001). Didier Deschamps - Vainqueur dans l'âme. Editions 1. ISBN 978-2846120319. 

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