DIDIER DESCHAMPS

  • Disgruntled Samir Nasri says France career is over August 10, 2014

    Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media. The 27yearold playmaker won the Premier League last season with City but was left out of the France squad for this year's World Cup...
  • World Cup 2014: Didier Deschamps unconcerned about unbeaten World Cup record July 1, 2014

    Brasilia: France coach Didier Deschamps is indifferent about his unbeaten World Cup record as a player and coach and is focusing only on getting his players ready for their quarterfinal. France's 20 win over Nigeria on Monday put them through to face Germany or Algeria in the last eight and made...
  • World Cup 2014: France showing spirit of '98, says Didier Deschamps June 21, 2014

    France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 52 on Friday. France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at...
  • Injured Franck Ribery included in France World Cup squad June 3, 2014

    France coach Didier Deschamps included Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribery, who has been suffering from lower back pains, in his 23man World Cup squad on Monday. The only change from the list Deschamps named last month features St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier replacing the injured Steve Mandanda. France face Honduras, Ecuador and...
  • France not ready for Brazil despite big win: Didier Deschamps May 28, 2014

    An understrength France may have eased to a 40 win over Norway in a friendly at the Stade de France on Tuesday, yet coach Didier Deschamps insists that Les Bleus are not ready for the World Cup finals. With winger Franck Ribery rested and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema yet to...
  • France coach Didier Deschamps plays down 'great expectations' March 6, 2014

    Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps is wary of increased expectations after his team hit form to beat Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday. First-half goals from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi set up a 2-0 victory at the Stade de France that seemed to confirm something had clicked in the French...
  • France out to avoid missing first World Cup in 20 years November 18, 2013

    London: France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing their first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 20. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock home...
  • France call up Lacazette to replace injured Menez May 24, 2013

    Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps has called up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette for the first time to replace the injured Jeremy Menez for next month's friendly matches against Uruguay and Brazil. The French Football Federation said Thursday that Menez has pulled out because of back pains. The Paris SaintGermain winger has...
  • France still looking for sharp shooter as World Cup looms March 27, 2013

    Paris: France's narrow defeat by Spain exposed Les Bleus's desperate need for a striker with a killer instinct should they qualify for next year's World Cup. Tuesday's 10 loss left France in second place in qualifying Group I with 10 points from five games, one point behind world and European...
  • France will take attack to Spain, says Didier Deschamps March 26, 2013

    Paris: France plan to attack Spain in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday even though a draw at home would be enough to keep them in the ascendancy with three qualifiers left to play. A draw will maintain the hosts' twopoint lead at the top of Group I and keep...
  • We lacked efficiency against Germany, says Deschamp February 7, 2013

    Paris: France had gained a great deal of confidence and satisfaction from a recent run of good results but Wednesday's 21 friendly defeat to Germany in Paris suggest Les Bleus are still some way below the upper echelons of world soccer. When Didier Deschamps's team followed up a 11 away...
  • Deschamps set to be appointed as France coach July 8, 2012

    Paris: Didier Deschamps is on the verge of being appointed France coach, a source on the executive board of the French football federation said on Sunday. "There are two or three details yet to be ironed out but there is no issue, Deschamps will be the next France coach," the source...
  • Laurent Blanc steps down as France coach July 1, 2012

    Paris: France is looking for a new coach after Laurent Blanc turned down a new contract offer, and former World Cupwinning captain Didier Deschamps is touted as the favorite to replace him. Blanc stepped down on Saturday after a European Championship campaign that ended in the quarterfinals and with his...