France extends manager Didier Deschamps through next World Cup


Formerly a midfield wizard, Didier Deschamps is making his mark on the touchline as well.

Following a berth in the quarterfinals, France has stability at the managerial position as they inked their manager to a new contract that will keep him through the 2018 World Cup.

The move was a no-brainer, and it’s more surprising that this wasn’t done earlier than the fact he was extended in the first place. Deschamps navigated off-the-field turmoil and on the field injuries to guide France to a quarterfinal position in Brazil this past World Cup, and they are to host the European Championships next tournament, so stability at the managerial position is hugely important.

The French Football Federation (FFF) made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “Following a proposal from president Noel Le Graet, the executive committee of the FFF has decided to extend the contract of France head coach Didier Deschamps until the next World Cup in 2018 in Russia.”

Deschamps is looking to add to his already storybook playing career with one on the sidelines, and he began his tenure in charge of his home country when his former French teammate Laurent Blanc somewhat suddenly stepped down following a disappointing exit from the 2010 World Cup in order to take over at Paris Saint-Germain. The 46-year-old earned 103 caps as a player for the French national team, known for his composure in front of the back line and ability to see counter-attack opportunities others would have missed. He captained his country to World Cup triumph in 1998, as well as Euro success two years later.

“The partnership between coach and president is fundamental, the players sense it too,” Deschamps said in a press conference to announce the extension. “I’m very happy in my role as national team coach.”

“The financial matters didn’t take long,” added Le Graet. “It was indispensable to have this stability. He has our total backing, and the wish was mutual.”