Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Captain of History as Coach Didier Does It Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Captain of History as Coach Didier Does It Again

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DIDIER Deschamps has become only the second man to captain and coach a side to World Cup glory.

The France manager lifted the trophy as skipper in Paris 20 years ago and got his hands on it again after his side's 4-2 win against Croatia in Moscow.

Only Franz Beckenbauer, captain of a triumphant West Germany in 1974 and then their coach in 1990, has achieved the feat before.

Indeed, it is rare for any World Cup-winning players to repeat the trick as a coach. Mario Zagallo, who featured in Brazil's wins of 1958 and 1962 and was then in charge for another in 1970, is the only other man to have done so.

As a player, Deschamps, now 49, was one of the most decorated of his era. He won two French titles and the Champions League with Marseille before winning the European crown again, as well as Serie A three times, with Juventus.

He wound his career down with Chelsea and Valencia before making a smooth transition into coaching and guiding Monaco to the Champions League final in 2004. …

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