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Giroud, the first player in France history to play under one coach

Sat 19 June 2021 | 15:08

Olivier Giroud became the first footballer in France's history to achieve a hundred international appearances while starring for the same manager.

While playing for

Didier Deschamps

,

Olivier Giroud

created history by becoming the first player to gain 100 caps for France. 

With the same coach in charge, no other player for Les Bleus has ever made 100 senior international caps. 

The Chelsea striker, who debuted for France in November 2011, got his first eight appearances under Laurent Blanc, who quit after the Euro 2012 championships. 

Deschamps took over in July 2012 and has considered Giroud a crucial part of his strategy ever then. The 34-year-old forward made his 100th appearance for the 52-year-old coach in Saturday's

Euro 2020

match against Hungary. 

Antoine Griezmann (93 caps), Hugo Lloris (90), Paul Pogba (82) and Blaise Matuidi (82) are the closest players to Giroud's record under Deschamps (80). 

Giroud netted 45 goals in his first 99 appearances for Deschamps, including nine in 16 European Championship qualifiers. 

He scored just once in 12 World Cup finals appearances, despite appearing throughout every game of France's win in Russia in 2018.

Giroud's first goal under Deschamps was in a World Cup qualification against Spain in October 2012, and his first hat-trick was scored in a friendly match against Paraguay in June 2017. 

The former Arsenal striker, who scored once during Blanc's leadership, needs just five more goals to equal

Thierry Henry

's all-time France milestone of 51.

 


source: SportMob

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