Deschamps will remain France coach until 2026
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Didier Deschamps has agreed to remain France’s national team coach until June 2026.
This was confirmed by the French Football Federation (FFF) on Saturday.
France reached the World Cup final in Qatar, losing to Argentina on penalties after a remarkable 3-3 draw at the Lusail Stadium.
Deschamps was appointed as France coach in July 2012, succeeding Laurent Blanc.
France reached the final of Euro 2016 on home soil under the guidance of Deschamps but lost to Portugal in extra time. Two years later, however, they had no such troubles in Russia when they won the World Cup for the second time.
A disappointing performance at the belated Euro 2020 last year might have heralded the beginning of the end for Deschamps, but France – despite injuries to key players Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba – reached the final in Qatar.
— French Team (@FrenchTeam) January 7, 2023
Deschamps also has a Nations League title in his honor and will now guide Les Bleus through Euro 2024, while the 2026 World Cup will be staged in the United States, Mexico and Canada from June 8 to July 3 this year.
France have played 139 games under Deschamps and won 89 of them. His assistant coaches will also remain in office.
After the announcement, Deschamps said: “With the President [Noel La Graet]we have agreed on an extension until 2026. I thank the President.
“In Qatar we were very close to achieving what we wanted, the world title. There were a lot of positives.
“I want to thank the technical staff, all the staff. It means a lot of things. When I returned to France, I recognized the emotion and passion that this World Cup aroused.
“There was a lot of passion and support. You can count on me to keep the French team at the highest international level.”