Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps in 2011

Didier Deschamps (* October 15, 1968 in Bayonne ( Pyrénées- Atlantiques department ), France ) is a French football player and coach. Deschamps was during his playing days as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe. With the national team he won the World and European champions. Since 2012 he is the coach of the French national team.

  • 3.1 As a player in the club
  • 3.2 As a player in the national team
  • 3.3 As a coach
  • 3.4 Custom

Playing career


Didier Deschamps started his playing career at amateur club Aviron Bayonnais while he was still at school. His skills were on the FC Nantes, the Deschamps took them under contract in April 1983. Deschamps made ​​his debut on 27 September 1985 in the highest French league.

In 1989 he went to Marseille, a year later, he moved for a year to Girondins Bordeaux and returned again in 1991 to Marseille, where he played until 1994.

With Olympique he was twice champion of France (1991 and 1992) and in 1993 was part of the first and only French club to have won the Champions League.

In 1994, Didier Deschamps then moved to Juventus in Italy, where he won three Italian championships, one Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, and in 1996 his second Champions League title.

In 1999, Deschamps moved to Chelsea in England, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2000. After the end of the season he moved to Spain with Valencia, where he finished his playing career in 2001.


Between 1989 and 2000, denied Deschamps 103 A- international matches for the Équipe Tricolore. The European Championship in Sweden in 1992 was his first major tournament. However, France did not come through the first round also. Although the Euro 1996 was already the first signs of a great team recognize, but was in England already in the semi-final against the Czech Republic for the tournament Deschamps and his team finished.

The highlight of his career was then the Football World Cup 1998 in their own country. As captain he got at the Stade de France in Paris after the 3-0 final win against Brazil the World Cup by President Jacques Chirac presented.

After winning the European Championship in 2000, which took place in Belgium and the Netherlands, Deschamps ended his international career with another triumph. Between 1999 and 2003 he was also French 's most capped player.

Coaching career

Deschamps in 2001 football coach of AS Monaco; In 2004 he reached the club, the Champions League final, but his club was defeated by FC Porto. In 2003 he became coach of the year. On 19 September 2005, he resigned as coach of AS Monaco.

As of July 10, 2006 trained Didier Deschamps Juventus. At Juve, who had to compete in Serie B because of the football scandal 2005/2006 in the season 2006 / 07, he started with eight wins from ten games into the season. Deschamps was able to Turin achieve its chances of promotion and may be described as so far the only coach to have won the Serie B with Juventus. Yet he was not without controversy in Turin, he stressed several times that he thought it was almost impossible to immediately compete for the Scudetto ( Serie A championship) in the following season. On 26 May 2007, the club broke the current contract until 2008 with Deschamps on mutual consent. His successor for the remainder of the season Giancarlo Corradini, who was succeeded in June 2007 by Claudio Ranieri.

For the 2009/10 season, he took over as successor to Eric Gerets training of Olympique Marseille, with whom he won the League Cup and the French championship in the first year - Olympiques first title after 17 -year losing streak.

On July 8, 2012 Didier Deschamps was named as the successor to Laurent Blanc of the FFF to the new coach of the Équipe Tricolore. He received a two-year contract, which was extended after the successful qualification for the 2014 World Cup for a further two years until 2016.


As a player in the club

  • Champions League: 1992/93, 1995/96
  • World Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996
  • French Cup: 1991/92
  • Italian Championship: 1994/95, 1996/97, 1997/98
  • Coppa Italia: 1994/95
  • Italian Super Cup: 1995, 1997
  • FA Cup: 1999/2000
  • FA Community Shield: 2000

As a player in the national team

  • World Champion: 1998
  • European Championship: 2000

As a coach

  • Champions League finalists 2003 /04 ( with AS Monaco )
  • Italian Serie B Championship: 2006/ 07 ( with Juventus )
  • League Cup Winners: 2003 ( with AS Monaco ), 2010, 2011, 2012 ( Olympique Marseille)
  • French Cup: 2009/10
  • French Supercup: 2010, 2011 ( Olympique Marseille)


  • French Player of the Year: 1996
  • French Football Coach of the Year: 2003, 2010