How Deschamps the coach climbed to the top. The ten dates that led coach Didier Deschamps to the top of French football
The third man to win the World Cup as a player and then as a coach, Didier Deschamps has become, in his seventeen-year career on the bench, the greatest coach in the history of French football.
June 11, 2001
Three weeks after being stuck on the bench during the final of the Champions League with Valencia against Bayern (1-1, 4 tabs 5), Didier Deschamps puts an end to his huge career as a player … and immediately starts coaching at the helm of AS Monaco. In FF, he expresses the philosophy he wants to put in place: ” A game where players take pleasure. But I’m not going to say like that, first of all, that we’re going to play this way or that right now. I can just say that it is the players who make the team and that their main pleasure is to win. “Premonitory.
May 17, 2003
Less than two years later, despite a few ups and downs during his first months in the Principality, Didier Deschamps won his first trophy as a coach. A success in the Coupe de la Ligue (4-1 in the final against Sochaux) in the form of a promise for the future with a generation (Squillaci, Évra, Giuly, Rothen …) that comes to maturity, practice a quality football and wish to jostle the champion Lyonnais futures.
April 7, 2004
Since DD waved the Cup with big ears on May 26, 1993 with OM, no French club has managed to reach the final of the C1. It will be done with the AS Monaco in spring 2004. Despite the defeat in the final against Porto (0-3), Deschamps and his men have conquered the French public by eliminating Real Madrid Galactic on April 7 at the Stade Louis- II. Beaten 4-2 in the first leg, the Monegasques won 3-1 to overthrow Zidane, Ronaldo & co, before dropping another favorite, Chelsea, in the semifinals (3-1, 2-2). Since then, no French club has risen so high.
May 19, 2007
Relegated to Serie B after the Calciopoli scandal and penalized by nine points at the start of the season. Juventus goes back the following spring, led by Didier Deschamps. The French coach took a lot of risks by taking over an old lady in agony. The success is total, but the love story stops suddenly in stride. In disagreement with his leaders on some of his prerogatives and the revaluation of his contract, Deschamps slams the door to the surprise.
May 5, 2010
Seventeen years Marseille was waiting for that. In search of his first title since 1993, OM returns to the top of French football one year after having named his former captain on the bench. Technician embodying the win, Didier Deschamps puts the Phocaean city in pure madness by ensuring the title of champion of France two days from the end. ” Player and coach, you make us happy, ” can we read in the stands of the Velodrome. Before his arrival, OM post-Tapie had raised only Intertoto Cup. During his stay on the bench, a championship title, three League Cups and two Champions Trophies came to decorate the trophy cabinet of the club. Since his departure, in the spring of 2012? Nothing.
July 8, 2012
After an end of nauseating idyll with the OM, against a backdrop of internal war with Jose Anigo and deserted stands, Didier Deschamps sees (finally) the opportunity to become the national coach to present to him following the departure of Laurent Blanc. But the Basque, worn and marked by his Marseille experience, takes time to think, before going to the obvious: his destiny awaits him. And first, while the French football remains branded by Knysna, then the behavior of some players at Euro 2012, Deschamps warns: ” There are two important aspects beyond the quality and talent: the notion of group and the state of mind. (…)today, compared to what has happened in recent years, players no longer have the right to make mistakes. They can not afford the slightest difference. ”
November 19, 2013
The adventure of DD at the head of the Blues could have turned short. Defeated 2-0 in Kiev at the roadblocks to go to the 2014 World Cup, his Blues manage to brilliantly overthrow Ukraine (3-0) to open the way to Brazil. ” I had great moments, but now, yes, it’s something fabulous, ” admits the coach, who made some strong choices to allow this founding success. Eric Abidal and Samir Nasri are in particular the costs of rejuvenation operated by their coach. Among the eleven heroes of the Stade de France, there are four future world champions: Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi (Olivier Giroud, he came into play).
July 4, 2014
The apotheosis world will, however, take a little time to clarify. After a smooth first round and a complicated round of 16 against Nigeria (2-0), the France team falls with the honors against the future German champion (0-1). Didier Deschamps regrets the ” lack of experience ” of his men but recalls from the end of the match: ” I am very proud of what players have done, on the field and off. It will be necessary to maintain this state of mind and this quality but there, I want to retain all the positive that I have been able to see since one set foot in Brazil. “The reconciliation between the Blues and their public is engaged.
July 10, 2016
Sixteen years after his 103rd and last selection with the French team, Didier Deschamps is playing a new final of a European Championship. This time, it’s at home, after a feat in the semi-finals against Germany (2-0) and then he lost for a lot of reasons a good part of his spine in the months preceding the competition ( Varane, Sakho, Diarra, Valbuena, Benzema). But despite a host of opportunities frank, the Bleus bow after extended against Portugal (0-1). Traumatic. ” It will take time to digest this huge disappointment, then lose a coach very moved. We won together. We suffered together. We lose together … ”
July 15, 2018
The consecration finally takes place in Moscow, while nothing or almost predestined the team of France to hang the second star this summer 2018. At the head of the second youngest man in the World Cup, Didier Deschamps fumbles before the competition and makes a winning change after a grueling first match against Australia (2-1). Talent, yes, but only in the service of a solid and united collective. The tactical choices are well felt, from the incorporation of Blaise Matuidi into a hybrid role on the left at the crucial entry of Steven Nzonzi in the final against Croatia (4-2), via the introduction of a block tight which exploits perfectly the qualities of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé in transitions. The absolute crowning, twenty years after the coronation of 1998.