As expected Didier Deschamps has been appointed as the new national manager of France, with a press conference being held on July 9th at 5.30.
Deschamps had an illustrious career as a player turning out for Nantes, Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia. His most successful period as a player came during his time in Italy playing for Juventus where he won 10 trophies in 5 years, 3 league titles and the Champions League. That was not his first time wining the Champions League though as he had previously won it with Marseille where he twice won the French League title also. During his time with Chelsea he also saw success winning the FA Cup and with Valencia he won a runners’ up medal in the Champions League, losing against Bayern Munich in 2001 on penalties
Undoubtedly though the highlight of his career was winning the World Cup in ’98 and European Championship in 2000 with France.
In 2001 He took charge of Monaco where he would lead them to the Champions League Final, only to lose out to Jose Mourinho’s Porto. During his time at Monaco he kept Monaco in the race for the League title but was unable to claim victory but did see success winning the French League Cup (Coupe de la Ligue) in 2003.
Deschamps took charge of his former club, Juventus, who had been relegated to Serie B for their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, in 2006. He led them to the Serie B title, which with the talent at his disposal he well should have, but not too long into his first season in Serie A he parted company with the Bianconeri which saw him out of management for 2 years.
May 2009 saw Deschamps return to management and also saw him coming back to France and back to a former club, taking over the reigns at Marseille. This has been Deschamps most successive period as a manager to date, winning 1 League title and 3 League Cups as well as 2 French Super Cups (Trophée des champions). In the 2009-10 season Deschamps led Marseille to the French League title beating Lyon to the title by 6 points.
The appointment of Deschamps I feel is the right decision. He is the most logical appointment, as I feel that the National manager should be of the same nationality of the country he is in charge of, and out of all the available candidates, Deschamps is the right man.
It will be very interesting to see who he calls up and leaves out when he has to name his squad to face Uruguay on August 15th at Le Harve.