After anchoring France to a memorable World Cup triumph in Russia, coach Didier Deschamps has joined an elite list of gentlemen as he became the third person in the history of football to lift the coveted trophy as a player and as a coach. Only Brazil Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer have won the World Cup as both a player and a coach. Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition
Deschamps brilliant run as a coach in the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup has seen him become France’s longest-serving manager. ‘Les Blues’ semi-final win over Belgium was Deschamps 82nd match in charge as the coach of the national side. Also Read - France vs Croatia: Griezmann, Grioud Score as Les Bleus Win 4-2 in UEFA Nations League
Also, the 49-year old also became only the second man in history to both captain and coach a nation to the World Cup glory, quite a remarkable feat to achieve in a sporting career. Only Beckenbauer has achieved that feat before when he captained West Germany to a World Cup triumph 1974 and then repeated the record as coach in 1990. Also Read - Football: Manchester United Star Paul Pogba Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Left Out of France Squad For UEFA Nations League
The France manager lifted the trophy as the captain in Paris 20 years ago, and he got his hands on the football’s ultimate prize again as Les Bleus blazed past Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling finale in Moscow on Sunday.
Mario Zagallo, who featured in Brazil’s wins of 1958 and 1962 and was then in charge for another in 1970 is the other man in the decorated list.
In his playing days, Deschamps was one of the most decorated players of his era. He won the two French titles and the Champions League with Marseille before winning the European cup as well as Serie A three times, with Juventus.
In his coaching career, the veteran star steered France to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2014 and also to the finals of Euro 2016.
France scored twice in each half as they thumped a combative Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years on Sunday.