Zidane, Henry, Deschamps …, the Blues of 1998 goals to the benches


And by becoming, Saturday, October 13, the new coach of AS MonacoThierry Henry is the seventh world champion in 1998 to take the reins of a team. If he was until then assistant coach of the Belgian national team, he will start, from Monday, his first experience as head coach of a club.

Before him, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps or Laurent Blanc have embarked on such an adventure. With often success: Deschamps led the Blues to a new world title in July; Zidane has won three league champions with Real Madrid; and Blanc was champion of France with the Girondins de Bordeaux in 2009. Return on these Blues of 1998 become coaches.

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  • Didier Deschamps, the world champion coach

Didier Deschamps, October 11 at Guingamp.
Didier Deschamps, October 11 at Guingamp. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

AS Monaco, Juventus of Turin, Olympique de Marseille, then the France team. Didier Deschamps is the most qualified coach of the group that won the supreme title in 1998. It also took only a few months to convert from player to coach. In 2001, a few weeks after stopping his playing career in Valencia, he was appointed head coach of AS Monaco. He will lead the Monegasque club until the final of the Champions League in 2004 (3-0 defeat against Porto), before leaving the following year.

He will become coach of Juventus in Turin during the 2006-2007 season, before joining Olympique Marseille in 2009. He will allow the club – which he captained in the early 1990s – to win again. trophies after more than fifteen years of famine. OM will win the title of champion of France in 2010 under his leadership.

In 2012, he left the south of France to become coach of the France team. Still in office – his contract runs until 2020 – he has allowed the Blues to become world champions in July. With this title, Deschamps became the third man to win the World Cup both as a player and coach, with the Brazilian Mario Zagallo and the German Franz Beckenbauer.

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  • Zinedine Zidane, triple winner of the Champions League

Zinedine Zidane, May 31 in Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane, May 31 in Madrid. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

The former number 10 Blues – double scorer in the final against Brazil in 1998 – took more time than Didier Deschamps to make the decision to become a coach. After finishing his career as a player in a July 2006 evening in Berlin, after a head shot at the Italian Marco Materazzi in the final of the World Cup, Zidane hesitates on the follow-up to give his career.

It was only seven years later, in 2013, that he became assistant coach of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, where he played between 2002 and 2006. Zidane will then take the reins of the club's Madrid reserve between 2014 and January 2016, before becoming head coach of Real Madrid. Only six months after taking office, he will win his first Champions League. There will be two more European Cups and one Spanish Championship.

In May, to everyone's surprise, Zinedine Zidane announces her departure from the Madrid club. Unemployed since, he warned in September that he wanted to quickly find a team : "No doubt I'll be training again soon, because that's what I love and that's what I've done all my life. "

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  • Laurent Blanc, unemployed coach

Laurent Blanc, on May 11, 2016 in Bordeaux.
Laurent Blanc, on May 11, 2016 in Bordeaux. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP

After having ended his playing career in 2003, Laurent Blanc sits on the Girondins de Bordeaux in 2007. He will lead the Girondine team until the title of champion of France in 2009 thanks to the performance of Yoann Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh.

After a more difficult third year, punctuated by a sixth place in Ligue 1, the former central defender left the Girondins to become coach of the France team in 2010. He then succeeds Raymond Domenech and arrives a few months after the Knysna scandal at the World Cup in South Africa. He will have as assistant Alain Boghossian, another 1998 world champion.

But the two men will officiate only on the occasion of Euro 2012, where the Blues are eliminated in the quarterfinals by Spain (2-0), then world champion. Laurent Blanc will be replaced in the wake of Didier Deschamps, and Alain Boghossian will not be kept in the staff of the new coach.

Laurent Blanc will remain one season unemployed. He is appointed in June 2013 coach of Paris – Saint-Germain. Under his leadership, the Paris club will be champion of France every year. But the bad luck in the Champions League, the stated goal of Qatari owners. PSG will never go further than the quarter-finals. In spring 2016, after another defeat at this stage of the competition against Manchester City, Laurent Blanc is disembarked, while he had extended his contract a few weeks before. Since his departure, he has not found a club.

  • Patrick Vieira, a novice in Ligue 1

Patrick Vieira, August 11 at NIce.
Patrick Vieira, August 11 at NIce. VALERY HACHE / AFP

It was one of the attractions of this season's start in Ligue 1. The former midfielder, world champion in 1998 and major player of Arsenal in the early 2000s, was appointed coach of the OGC Nice . After nine games, the club Nice points to the 12e place of Ligue 1.

Before that, Patrick Vieira began his coaching career with the U21 Manchester City, where he finished his career in 2011. After two seasons, he flies away in 2016 to the United States and takes control of New York City, which is an English club franchise. He will stay two seasons, before returning to France to coach Nice.

  • Bernard Diomède, the educator

Bernard Diomede, June 26th in Vaasa, Finland.
Bernard Diomede, June 26th in Vaasa, Finland. TIMO AALTO / AFP

The former left winger of AJ Auxerre, Liverpool or AC Ajaccio has not yet trained professional team. But since 2015, Bernard Diomède deals with the categories of young people in team of France.

He first became coach of the under 17 years, before taking in 2016 the under 18 years, then in 2017 the upper category, under 19 years. With the U19, he arrived in the semifinals of the Euro at the end of July after having beaten England 5-0.

  • Lionel Charbonnier, the globetrotter

Lionel Charbonnier, September 28, 2009 in Cairo.
Lionel Charbonnier, September 28, 2009 in Cairo. AMR AHMAD / AFP

Like Didier Deschamps, Lionel Charbonnier will not have waited a long time to go from player to coach. After stopping his career in Lausanne in 2002, he took the lead of the Stade Poitevin, which he will go back to CFA (fourth division) in 2003-2004. The former goalkeeper will then spend two years at FC Sens, before committing in 2008 as national coach of Tahiti.

Along with a television consulting business, he will then pack his bags in Poland, Belgium, Indonesia before taking the lead of FC Istres in 2014 for one season. He will then fly to the Democratic Republic of Congo to train Sanga Balende. But there will only be a few weeks left. Since then he has been a consultant for BFM.

If seven of them became coaches, they are even more numerous, among the twenty-two Bleus world champions in 1998, to become consultants on television or radio. This is notably the case of former left-back Bixente Lizarazu, who officiates alongside Grégoire Margotton to comment on the French team's games on TF1 and in the TV show "Téléfoot". Former midfielder Yuri Djorkaeff was also present on the first channel at the World Cup.

Former striker Christophe Dugarry – who attacked violently Didier Deschamps after the World Cup -, has his own show on RMC, "Team Duga". Emmanuel Petit and Franck Leboeuf are also consultants for RMC and BFM. Robert Pires and Marcel Desailly officiate on the side of BeIn Sports.

If they have not become consultants, other world champions still officiate in the world of football. Bernard Lama is now the managing director of the French Guiana team, and Christian Karembeu has become ambassador of the International Football Federation (FIFA).


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