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Didier Deschamps

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
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Didier Deschamps
France coach Didier Deschamps ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Didier Deschamps

France

Date of birth: 15 October 1968
Nationality: French
Playing career: FC Nantes, Olympique de Marseille (twice), FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea FC, Valencia CF
Coaching career: AS Monaco FC, Juventus, Olympique de Marseille, France

• A product of Nantes's highly rated youth system, Deschamps had success with Marseille as a defensive midfielder, winning Ligue 1 in 1990 and 1992 and captaining them to UEFA Champions League glory in 1993.

• Signed for Juve in 1994 and won the UEFA Champions League again in 1996, adding three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a European/South American Cup. Left in 1999 for Chelsea, staying one season and lifting the FA Cup, before ending his career with a year in Valencia, watching from the bench as they lost the 2001 UEFA Champions League final to FC Bayern München.

• Skippered France to victory on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and also at UEFA EURO 2000, retiring that year with 103 caps.

• Started coaching career in 2001 with Monaco, landing the French League Cup in 2003 and reaching the UEFA Champions League final a year later, going down to José Mourinho's FC Porto. Resigned in September 2005 and joined his old club Juventus, then in Serie B, the following June. Stepped down after securing promotion back to Serie A in May 2007.

• Appointed Marseille boss in May 2009, replacing Erik Gerets. Ended OM's 18-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship in his first term and added a maiden League Cup, retaining the latter trophy in the next two campaigns. Succeeded Blanc after UEFA EURO 2012 and guided France to the 2014 World Cup via the play-offs, triggering a contract extension that ensured he would remain in charge for the 2016 finals on home soil. Took Les Bleus to the last eight in Brazil, losing to eventual winners Germany.

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