French National football team coach Didier Deschamps has received a contract extension from the French Football Federation that would keep him in his role as head coach of France until 2026.
“The French Football Federation and its president Noel Le Grae are pleased to announce the extension of the contract of Didier Deschamps as coach of the French national team until June 2026,” the headquarters said in a statement.
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The new contract covers the European Championship in 2024, which will be held in Germany, and the World Cup in 2026, which will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The most recent of Deschamps’s contracts expired at the end of last month, just after the conclusion of the World Cup in Qatar, which was won by Argentina and in which Argentina defeated France on penalty kicks.
According to the statement, Deschamps, who is now 54 years old and won the World Cup in 1998 while playing, has been in command of the Blues since 2012 and has an “outstanding record.”
The specialist guided France to the championships of the 2018 World Cup and 2021 Nations League. He also led France to the finals of the Euro 2016 tournament and the 2022 World Cup.
The team has been victorious in 89 of 139 matches, while Deschamps has been the coach, with 28 ties and 22 defeats.
After the World Cup final, Le Grae stated that he would respect Deschamps’s decision on his future in the job.