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Top facts about Didier Deschamps, the water-carrier

Didier Deschamps captained France as they won the 1998 World Cup on home soil in Paris, holding an integral role in the team. Read on to find out more facts about Didier Deschamps, the World Cup legend.

The French football professional, Didier Claude Deschamps, was born on 15 October 1968 and has formerly been the French National Team's manager since 2012. At the age of 15, he was found in the Ligue Aquitaine by Nantes scouts.

In April 1983, he signed an agreement with them. Only two years ago, he had enough potential in the young sector of FCN, renowned for being one of the finest in France.

Didier Deschamps’s age

is 53.

His four seasons at Nantes were essential to the remainder of his career. Deschamps was also in the first French club to win the UEFA Champion League, an achievement the team achieved in 1993, as it was the first and only French club to win the championship. Deschamps became the youngest captain to ever be in command of the title with the Champions League triumph.

Between 1996 and 1998,


played three final matches in the Champions League and they won in 1996. Deschamps won the FA Cup from 1999 to 2000 and finished in 2001, before retiring later that year, in another Champions League finale with Valencia.

He has hosted a Champions League trophy, World Cup trophy, and the European Championship trophy after Franz Beckenbauers and followed Iker Casillas as the second captain in football history.

Top facts about Didier Deschamps:

The first

fact about Didier Deschamps

is that he was promoted to the first team in 1985 and debuted in the Première Division in a triumphant victory in Brest on 27 September at the age of seventeen. He had no titles to win for a team in the middle of the table but got a lot of experience, playing 111 games in the League.

Didier Deschamps early life

Didier Deschamps parents

, called Pierre and Ginette, gave birth to Didier Deschamps in 1968. His father was a painter who worked at home and his mother was a wool saleswoman.

Didier Deschamps is a married footballer and manager who usually talks about his successful married life. Didier Deschamps married his lovely sweetheart. They attended their marriage ceremony with their relatives and teammates. Both of them live a happy life together without conflicts and arguments since their marriage.

Claude Antoinette married Deschamps in 1989. Speaking about

Didier Deschamps children

, it should be mentioned that they have a kid together, Dylan, born in 1996. He was brought up as a Catholic. Philippe Deschamps, his brother, died in an aviation disaster at the age of 19, when he stated "his life changed."

Didier Deschamps professional career

Didier Deschamps is a French professional football manager and former player who has been manager of the France national team since 2012. He played as a defensive midfielder for several clubs, in France, Italy, England and Spain, namely Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia, as well as Nantes and Bordeaux.

Didier Deschamps club career

Deschamps began his career in football with an amateur club, Aviron Bayonnais, while still at school, following a short rugby trip at the Biarritz Olympique club.

An important fact about Didier Deschamps professional career is that the scouts from Nantes, to whom he joined in April 1983, discovered his potential. On 27 September 1985, Deschamps made his league debut. In 1989, he moved to Marseille. In 1990, before returning to Marseille, Deschamps then spent a season on loan with Bordeaux.

In 1991 and 1992, Deschamps won first accolades, winning two French league titles and in 1993, becoming the youngest captain on his way to the trophy, and presently only French side. In 1993 Deschamps was the first to win the Champions League with a French club.

In 1994, Deschamps joined Juventus, winning three Series A titles: one Coppa Italia, two Italian supercups, and its second Champions League title; one UEFA Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup in 1996; two additional final champions in the following two seasons.

Deschamps spent his season with


in England, winning the FA Cup and once competing in the Champions League with Hertha Berlin. He completed his career in Spain, spent a season in Valencia, enabling them to finish in the UEFA Champions League 2001, but sat on the bench as they lost to Bayern. In the middle of 2001, he retired, just 32 years old.

Didier Deschamps international career

A notable fact about Didier Deschamps is that he received his first international call-up from

Michel Platini

on April 29, 1989, against Yugoslavia, during a difficult period for the French squad, which included failure to qualify for the World Cup in 1990 and 1994, as well as a first-round exit at UEFA Euro 1992.

When new coach Aimé Jacquet started rebuilding the squad for Euro 96, he named Manchester United's Eric Cantona as captain. After Cantona was suspended for a year in January 1995, the team's composition altered significantly, with veterans like Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin, and David Ginola being replaced by younger players like Zinedine Zidane.

Deschamps was selected to head the "Golden Generation" because he was one of the few surviving veterans. In a friendly match against Germany in 1996 as a warm-up for Euro 96, he became France's first captain. He guided them to the semi-finals of that tournament, which was hosted in England, their highest result in an international competition since the 1986 World Cup.

Deschamps led France to victory in the 1998 World Cup on home soil in Paris, and was a key member of the squad. With the momentum of this victory, Deschamps guided France to victory at Euro 2000, making them the first national team to win both the World Cup and the Euro since West Germany in 1974, a feat replicated and exceeded by the Spain national football team from 2008 to 2012.

An important fact about Didier Deschamps is that after the tournament, Deschamps declared his retirement from international football, making his last appearance in August 2000 in a commemorative match against a FIFA XI, which he won 5–1.

It was against England that he made his last appearance. Deschamps held the record for most appearances for France at the time of his retirement, although Marcel Desailly, Zinedine Zidane, and Lilian Thuram have since overtaken him. Deschamps played in 103 games and scored four goals. In March 2004,


called Deschamps one of the top 125 best living players.

Didier Deschamps style of play

A notable fact about Didier Deschamps is that as a defensive midfielder, Deschamps excelled at impeding the opposition's attacking movements and was capable of starting attacking plays and distributing the ball to teammates once he regained possession, earning him the derisive nickname "the water-carrier" by former France teammate Eric Cantona, who implied that Deschamps' primary contribution was impeding the opposition's attacking movements.

Deschamps' ability to play this position was aided by his high work rate, persistence, endurance, vision, consistent distribution and technique, and ability to press and tackle opponents. He was also renowned for his tactical acumen, flexibility, and leadership as a player, as well as his positional and organizational sense.

Didier Deschamps managerial career

The longest tenure by a French national team manager is current manager Didier Deschamps, who has managed the team since 8 July 2012. Four managers have won major tournaments while managing the national team.


Didier Deschamps moved into football management after retiring as a player. He became the head coach of


in Ligue 1, where he led the team to the Coupe de la Ligue championship in 2003 and its first appearance in the UEFA Champions League final in 2004. After a bad start to the season and a dispute with the club's president, he resigned on September 19, 2005.


An important fact about Didier Deschamps is that after Fabio Capello resigned in the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal, Deschamps was appointed head coach of Juventus on July 10, 2006. Deschamps' first game in command of Juventus was a resounding success, as Juventus defeated Alessandria 8–0 in a friendly.

However, dismal results followed, as Juventus was knocked out of the Coppa Italia in the third round and then drew 1–1 with Rimini on the first day of the league season. Juventus went on to defeat Vicenza 2–0, Crotone 3–0, and Modena 4–0 in the next three games.

Deschamps also assisted Juventus in winning their first tournament since being demoted, the Birra Moretti Cup, which they won after defeating Internazionale 1–0 and Napoli in a penalty shootout. He guided Juventus to a 5–1 away victory at Arezzo on May 19, 2007, confirming the club's return to Serie A.

Following numerous disagreements with the club's administration, Deschamps resigned as Juventus manager on May 26th, according to various media outlets.

However, the club itself refuted this a few hours later.  Deschamps revealed to the media later that evening, after the game against Mantova that secured Juve as Serie B winners, that he had really quit, and Juventus made the news public a few hours later.


A notable fact about Didier Deschamps is that he was appointed manager of


for the next season, which started on July 1, 2009, on the 5th of May 2009. He led them to their first Ligue 1 championship in 18 years in his debut season.

Marseille manager Didier Deschamps has been linked with a return to Juventus, as former president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has encouraged the club to rehire him to replace Ciro Ferrara.

Alberto Zaccheroni ultimately took Ferrara's position. Deschamps signed a contract extension on June 29, 2010, which will keep him at Marseille until June 2012.

An important fact about Didier Deschamps is that he renewed his contract one again on June 6, 2011, this time until June 2014. By defeating Inter Milan on March 13, 2012, his Marseille team advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1993.

Olympique de Marseille won the Coupe de la Ligue for the third time in a straight on April 14, 2012, when they defeated


1–0 in extra time, with Brando scoring the winning goal. The triumph also put a stop to a 12-match losing streak across all competitions.

Deschamps expressed his pleasure after Marseille's Coupe de la Ligue victory, saying: "All championship victories are stunning because they are so tough to accomplish.

This is the sixth time in three years that it has happened. It is something to be proud of for a club that had not won anything in 17 years. The players deserve the most of the credit, but I'd want to thank my team as well.

Even though it does not alter the reality that it has been a tough season in Ligue 1, this is a source of tremendous pleasure for me." Deschamps departed the club by mutual consent on July 2, 2012, citing the team's dismal performance in 2011–12.


Deschamps was named head the coach of the France national football team on a two-year deal on July 8, 2012, after Laurent Blanc's resignation following the UEFA Euro 2012 competition.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying process, France was assigned to UEFA Group I. The reigning world champions Spain were in Group I, along with Belarus,


, and Georgia. In the group, France drew 1–1 away from home against Spain in the first match, but lost 1–0 at home to the same opponents in the second match.

After losing 1-0 to Spain, France went on to lose its next four matches – 1–0 to Uruguay in a friendly, 3–0 to Brazil in a friendly, 0–0 to Belgium in a friendly, and 0–0 to Georgia in a Group I qualifying match.

France finished second in the group, three points behind Spain, and had to win a two-legged play-off game against Ukraine in order to progress to the tournament's final round.

France was defeated 2–0 by Ukraine in the first leg in Kyiv. Ukraine had maintained eight straight clean sheets and had not lost in their previous 12 matches going into the second leg.

A notable fact about Didier Deschamps is that France defeated Ukraine 3–0 in the second leg at the Stade de France, winning the game 3–2 on aggregate and becoming the first side to overcome a two-goal deficit in a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship qualifying play-off. As a result, France qualified for the FIFA World Cup final for the sixth time in a row.

Deschamps' side progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where they were defeated 1–0 by eventual winners Germany, and

Paul Pogba

was awarded Best Young Player of the Tournament.

Deschamps' contract to coach the France national football team was extended till the UEFA Euro 2016 on November 20, 2013. The extension was made possible by an agreement reached with the French Football Federation (FFF) when Deschamps took over from Laurent Blanc after the UEFA Euro 2012, which stipulated that qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup would earn Deschamps the right to lead France until the Euro 2016 tournament, which will be held in France.

Deschamps guided France to the Euro 2016 final on July 7 after

Antoine Griezmann

scored a brace in a 2–0 victory against Germany. After extra time, France was beaten 1–0 by Portugal in the final. Deschamps signed a new deal till 2020 on October 31, 2017.

Deschamps "was cautious in choosing his 23-man squad for Russia, selecting only players who he thought could gel as a coherent team," which resulted in the exclusion of

Real Madrid

's Karim Benzema for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Despite being chastised for their conservative tactics after narrow wins over Australia and Peru and a draw against Denmark in the group stage, the national team put in dominant performances in the knockout rounds, defeating Argentina 4–3 in the Round of 16 and Uruguay 2–0 in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals

Deschamps also used Blaise Matuidi, a holding midfielder by trade, out wide rather than in the center of the field, as a left-sided winger or attacking midfielder in a 4–2–3–1 system throughout the tournament.

Despite his unconventional playing position, Matuidi proved to be as successful in this formation, as he was able to track back and restrict the attacking threat of the opposing full-backs on the side.

Furthermore, Deschamps often dipped towards the center of the field to assist Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté defensively, limiting the amount of space provided to France's opponents' key playmakers throughout the tournament and thus nullifying their influence on the game in midfield.

Furthermore, Matuidi's more defensive position on the left side offered team balance, allowing

Kylian Mbappé

the freedom to attack and run at defenses from the right wing.  After defeating Belgium 1–0 in the semi-final and Croatia 4–2 in the final, France was crowned World Cup champions.

As a result, Deschamps became just the third person, after Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer, to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager, and only the second captain to do so after Beckenbauer. 

Deschamps agreed a new deal with France in December 2019, which will keep him with the national squad until the 2022 World Cup. Following a 3–3 draw in the round of 16, France was eliminated on penalties by Switzerland at Euro 2020.  Deschamps was chastised for making mistakes with his squad choices and tactics.

Didier Deschamps style of coaching

There were several major names absent when Deschamps revealed the 23 players he would take to Russia. PSG's Adrien Rabiot was one of the players that everyone (including Rabiot) anticipated to make the list. Rumors abounded as to why. Was it because of his proclivity for boozing? His underwhelming performance in prior games? His diva demeanor? What did he do with it? Who can say for sure? It wasn't the first time Deschamps avoided a well-liked player.

One of France's greatest strikers,

Karim Benzema

, was also overlooked. Benzema was accused of blackmailing a teammate over a leaked sex video a few years back. What is the common thread that connects the two?

It's all about faith. Didier Deschamps' basic principle of trust must be one of his most important, since it drives many of his decisions as a coach/leader. Have faith in his players' ability to work well with others.

While Deschamps' squad has several strong personalities (Pogba, Griezmann, Mathuidi), they understand that if they want to kiss the coupe, they must work together. The importance of teamwork. It's all about it.

Aimé Jacquemart, Didier Deschamps' mentor and previous coach, taught him this. “They both learnt that a team, a group, is not only a collection of skills; to maintain it, you sometimes have to deny oneself of certain particular characteristics, the important thing being to establish a global balance,” wrote Bixente Lizarazu in L'Equipe regarding Jacquet and Deschamps' leadership approaches.

This balance can be seen on the field, in press interviews, and in snapchat videos: this squad is more than a collection of individuals. It's a family affair. With half of his players barely out of their teens, Deschamps deserves credit for building that togetherness, maturity, and feeling of sacrifice.

An important fact about Didier Deschamps is that in 1998, Deschamps captained the French World Cup-winning squad. There's little question that he shaped his staff today based on his own experiences from that amazing trip. Going back in time. Reframing current objectives using personal tales and anecdotes from the past may be a powerful tool for any leader.

The French squad benefited from working with a coach who had been in their shoes twenty years before. Deschamps was able to inspire them by sharing their perspectives and teaching them how to maintain concentration, serenity, and confidence in order to remain on track.

Deschamps' success was aided by his modesty, the humility to admit that you don't know everything, the self-awareness to examine your own views, the humility to seek out better solutions, and the humility to seek help from others when necessary.

Deschamps had a staff of analysts and strategists who carefully studied the performances of his future opponents, and he adjusted his playbook accordingly. That is the epitome of humility-led agile leadership.

The press marveled the day before the final match at how much fun the French squad was having during practice, when they were running about like dogs in a pack. Deschamps was capable of creating an atmosphere in which the squad could let loose, have fun, and enjoy themselves while yet being focused.

“We get along well. We always laugh, and the time we've spent together has been fantastic. The day before the final,

Samuel Umtiti

told reporters, "It's a once in a lifetime experience with an amazing bunch."

Didier Deschamps on Euro exit

Speaking to reporters, France manager Didier Deschamps sought to explain the country’s exit at the hands of Switzerland in the Round of 16.

“It is always complicated to explain. We failed with our 1st half; we did what was needed to turn it around in the 2nd half. Usually, our strength is being solid, we showed weakness that allowed Switzerland back in. his is hard, it hurts, and we did everything we could for this to end differently. That’s football. Today, this tournament ends for us today. There are no magic formulae, there are balances to find.”

Deschamps commented on his future, “That is not the question. There is a unity and solidarity in this squad. I am responsible, when things go badly, I am with them, and they are with me. We will need time to manage this.”

Deschamps also commented on Kylian Mbappé’s penalty miss, “Nobody can be annoyed with him. When you take the responsibility, it can happen. He is obviously very affected by it.”

Didier Deschamps social media


Didier Deschamps social media

, it should be mentioned that he does not have an Instagram or Twitter page. The exact reason why he does not have any social media pages is unknown, but it is speculated that he does not like sharing his personal life with others.

Didier Deschamps body measurements

Speaking about

Didier Deschamps body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the French coach is 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) and weighs 156 lbs (71 kg).

Didier Deschamps net worth

It is estimated that

Didier Deschamps net worth

is 10.5 million dollars. As a manager, he gets an annual compensation of $2,161,000.

He owns expensive automobiles, which are generally more than one million, including the Peugeot Gti, the Mercedes 500SL, the BMW Z1 Coupe and the Ferrari 550.

He has been a visitor at Volkswagen to celebrate the new contract between the German brand, and his national team.

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