Didier Deschamps retains Zinedine Zidane’s position as France’s manager.
Didier Deschamps has agreed to a new deal to continue leading the French national side despite nearly losing out on winning a second straight World Cup last year.
In a campaign marred by the Karim Benzema controversy and illness, France made it to the championship game in December, when they played Argentina in one of the all-time great football games.
As the game went the distance, Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick, negating a brace from Lionel Messi and a goal from Angel Di Maria. Argentina, led by Messi, won on penalties, which was unfortunate for Les Bleus.
Despite the dismal outcome, the FFF was eager to extend Deschamps’ contract, which he has done so until the conclusion of the 2026 World Cup.
Zinedine Zidane, the former manager of Real Madrid, was allegedly in position to succeed Deschamps after the tournament in Qatar, but the news dashes those aspirations.
As he prepares his comeback to management, it is unclear where Zidane will end up next, but he is sure to have no shortage of suitors.