Where is Didier Deschamps now?
Legendary French midfielder Didier Deschamps retired from playing at the end of the 2001-2002 season after a season playing in Spain for Valencia.
Nicknamed the ‘water-carrier’ by Eric Cantona for his ability to start up attacking play, Deschamps only spent one season at Chelsea but was an integral part of their FA Cup winning side in 2000.
Over a 16-year domestic playing career he won a number of trophies including Ligue 1 twice, Serie A three times and the UEFA Champions League three times.
He was also a mainstay of the France national side in the 1990’s winning 103 caps and helping them win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championships.
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Upon retiring from playing, Deschamps went straight into football management back in France with Monaco where he won the French League Cup and guided them to the club’s first Champions League final in 2004.
After resigning from the club in 2005 after disagreements with th club president, Deschamps was back in management a year later when he joined his former club Juventus.
When he joined, the club had been relegated to Serie B after a match-fixing scandal but he was successful in leading the club back to Serie A at the first attempt.
He left Juventus after only one season after clashing with the club’s senior management and was out of football for two years until he joined French side Marseille in 2009.
In a hugely successful three years at the club, Deschamps led his side to their first Ligue 1 title in 18 years as well as winning the French League Cup three years in a row.
He left Marseille in July 2012 to take the coveted role of manager of the French national side replacing his former team-mate Laurent Blanc.
Bringing in a new generation of gifted young French footballers, Deschamps led his side to the Euro 2016 final where they lost to a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal.
However, two years later his France side lifted the 2018 FIFA World Cup beating Croatia 4-2 in the final which made him only the third man to win the cup both as a player and manager.
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Didier Deschamps: Premier League Statistics
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Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com