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The seven secrets of Deschamps's success
Didier Deschamps became third man to win World Cup both as a player and a coach France coach is a nominee for The Best FIFA Men's Coach award FIFA.com reveals his seven secrets of success In the world of mathematics, seven is regarded as a figure with unique properties. And in gambling it is known as a lucky number. France coach Didier Deschamps can relate to that, given the good fortune that No7 has brought him throughout his career. In putting together the finest record that French football has ever seen, Deschamps has drawn on his appetite for hard work and his talent. The mastermind of France’s triumph at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the former Bleus No7 takes a scientific approach in pursuit of victory. An entirely logical inclusion on the list of nominees for this year’s The Best FIFA Men's Coach, he is the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and then a coach, after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. “They were two great players, whereas I wasn’t so good on the pitch. I managed to get by though,” he smiled in a press conference following Les Bleus’ second world title win. There was far more than luck to Deschamps’ ability to just “get by”, as FIFA.com reveals in the shape of seven key factors in his success. 1. A player and a coach It came as no surprise to anyone to see Deschamps move into coaching, least of all to his former team-mates, who quickly realised he was a born leader. Deschamps was only 19 when he pulled on the captain’s armband at Nantes for the first time. He continued to wear it for the remainder of his 16-year playing career, for his clubs and his country, as coach after coach recognised his ability to get their words across to his team-mates. 2. A Jacquet admirer Deschamps has learned from the coaches he has come across, none more so than from Aime Jacquet (pictured above with Deschamps), the man who helped him lift the World Cup Trophy in 1998. “He performed a miracle with us,” said Deschamps at the end of Russia 2018. “I call him ‘God’. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him as a person. He changed our lives and he’s been a role model for me.” That respect is mutual; the former national team coach has always regarded Deschamps as his natural heir. 3. A champion at club level Having won a string of titles as a player, Deschamps quickly showed his hunger for more after hanging up his boots. After steering Monaco to the UEFA Champions League final in 2003 and guiding Juventus straight back to Serie A in 2006, he oversaw Marseille’s first French title win in 18 years in 2010. 4. A winning habit His career as Bleus coach has seen him lead the national team to the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014, to the final of UEFA EURO 2016, and then to the top of the world in 2018. Of the 83 matches he has presided over since taking on the job in 2012, he has won 53, drawn 15 and lost 15. 5. An aversion to defeat “I hate losing. I can’t lose a game and then go around with a smile on my face,” said Deschamps, in conversation with BeIN Sports. “It always annoyed me when I saw team-mates not reacting like me, which is why I often preferred to shut myself away after a defeat. If I hadn’t, then I would have said a few things out of turn.” 6. An ability to learn from failure Though a serial winner, Deschamps has also experienced his fair share of disappointment. He has always learned from it, however. Five years on from France’s traumatic failure to qualify for USA 1994, he became the first Frenchman to hold the World Cup aloft. Twenty years on from that landmark achievement, he has once again shown his ability to bounce back, as France made up for missing out on the EURO crown on home soil in 2016 in the best possible way. “Before that final defeat to Portugal I built the whole thing up and focused on the emotional side of things,” said the two-time world champion after the Russia 2018 Final. “Here, I changed my focus and kept it simple.” 7. An eye on the future Deschamps has always made a point of not going on about his glorious past to his players. “1998 is history and I don’t live in the past,” he told FIFA.com during Russia 2018. “My players have their own story to write.” Like my post? Please like for more :D
France win World Cup 2018 final in breathless six-goal thriller against Croatia
Player ratings: who starred in the World Cup final? World Cup final goalscorer Kylian Mbappe: The making of a global sensation Truly, madly, deeply. We will miss this World Cup like no other. The day after Bastille Day France are champions and deservedly so. But only after the most remarkable, crazy and controversial encounter against a courageous Croatia in which there was a VAR storm, and an actual storm in the skies above Moscow, a first-ever own goal in a World Cup Final, a cool strike from a new global superstar, an horrific goalkeeping blunder by the man who lifted the trophy - and a Pussy Riot pitch invasion. To secure its status as the best ever World Cup the tournament needed a memorable final. It got it. What a finale it was to this 31-day festival of football, as Gareth Southgate called it, and it was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966. Well, they sang football’s coming home. At least the score was the same and while England and their fans will never stop dreaming of what might have been - just 22 minutes from the final, if anyone needed reminding - France have the 18-carat gold, 14-inch, 11lb trophy for the second time ever and the second time in 20 years. Didier Deschamps was their captain then and he is their coach now and became only the third man - after Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil’s Mario Zagallo - to achieve that astonishing feat and for that his place in the pantheon of French football is secured. Not that the former midfielder has always been loved and this triumph is a victory for his dogged, determined approach in overhauling the squad that lost the final of Euro 2016 - with 14 new faces - but also reverting to a more disciplined and pragmatic approach which meant shackling some of their extraordinary attacking talents. He did it his way and the danger for the rest of the world is that this is an extremely young squad - the second youngest ever (at 25 years and 10 months) after Brazil in 1970 to win the World Cup - and one that may get even better. They were the best in Russia. Deschamps has made Paul Pogba play for the team and was rewarded with a goal - actually the first-ever scored in a World Cup Final by a Manchester United player - and an influential performance but he also has the brilliance of Kylian Mbappe who is a phenomenon. The 19-year-old had the broadest of smiles during the playing of the national anthems prior to kick-off, looking like this was going to be his playground, but played patchily for 45 minutes before coming alive. Mbappe scored the game’s finest goal and became the first teenager to register in the final since Pele in 1958. Even so for almost an hour Croatia, led by the player of the tournament Luka Modric, were the better team in what was their first final. In the last 11 days they had come through extra-time in the three knock-out matches, twice going to penalties, which meant they had played the equivalent of an extra game and had 24 hours less to prepare. But they again showed remarkable reserves of resilience, energy and fighting spirit to pick themselves back up and off the canvas. They never, ever gave up. They will have burned with a sense of injustice at half-time. They had out-played France, they had swarmed around N’Golo Kante, and dominated midfield, and yet they were 2-1 down having conceded just one shot on target. Both of those goals were dipped in controversy. For the first the furious reaction of Marcelo Brozovic suggested Antoine Greizmann had ‘bought’ a free-kick by going to ground easily but it reaped its reward. Griezmann took it, swinging the ball in with Mario Mandzukic unsettled by the presence of Raphael Varane in front of him and Pogba behind. The ball skimmed off the forward’s head and past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic who simply did not look fit and was struggling for mobility. Even then it seemed Pogba could have been given off-side although it may have been marginal. It may also have been one where he was deemed passive. Either way it was given and Mandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup Final. It was also the fourth time in the knock-out stages that Croatia had fallen behind but, yet again, they drew level with the kind of goal that says everything about their indefatigability. Four times in the French penalty area they won the ball, from a Modric free-kick, with Domagoj Vida finally turning it back to the outstanding Ivan Perisic who deftly pushed it away from Kante and drilled a superb, powerful left-foot shot past Hugo Lloris. Just as with France’s first fixture of this World Cup, against Australia, VAR intervened and in their favour as Griezmann’s corner flew over Blaise Matuidi and struck the left hand of his marker, Perisic, who was close behind him. Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana bizarrely gave a goal-kick but the French players angrily demanded a penalty. Eventually Pitana was instructed by the VAR, Italian Massimiliano Irrati, to review it and ran over to the touchline. It seemed an eternity but he returned, pointing to the penalty spot and Griezmann calmly converted. It seemed harsh - Perisic did not attempt to move his hand, could not see the ball, it was not a clear and obvious error - but Croatia were behind again.