Will Zinedine Zidane replace Didier Deschamps as France's coach?

Check out the possibility of Zinedine Zidane succeeding Didier Deschamps as the coach of the French national team. Get to more about Zidane's potential appointment, his coaching credentials, and what this change could mean for the future of French football.

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Legendary coach Zinedine Zidane will not take over as manager of the France national team anytime soon. There has been widespread conjecture that the three-time Champions League winner may take over as coach of his country's national team. Nevertheless, no official suggestion has been made so far.

Following their defeat against Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final, the French FA chose to keep Didier Deschamps on staff until 2026. Les Blues came dangerously close to creating history under Didier Deschamps' direction. However, they were unable to accomplish his aim of winning two World Cups. 

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Following their disappointing penalty shootout loss, he was unable to make an official statement about his future. Many speculated that the 54-year-old would quit following the competition.

Previously after professing a desire to manage the national team, great French coach Zinedine Zidane has been patiently awaiting his moment. Nonetheless, the former Real Madrid coach will need to be patient for a while. 

Spain fought back to defeat France 2-1 in an intriguing Euro 2024 semi-final on Tuesday, with a sensational Lamine Yamal strike and a Dani Olmo goal securing a position in the final in Berlin on Sunday. France failed to produce an equaliser as they were eliminated in the semi-finals, leaving Deschamps with unanswered doubts about his future as manager of the national team.

Deschamps took over as manager of France, precisely twelve years ago. Under his leadership, his nation has qualified for three World Cup finals: the 2018 World Cup, the 2016 Euro Cup, and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Deschamps signed a new contract that will last until June 2026 after the team's loss to Argentina two years prior. 

Antoine Griezmann quickly said that he has no intention of retiring from international football, admitting that he intends to be active with France through the 2026 World Cup. Deschamps' future is a matter for another day.

 

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