Didier Deschamps is a former French international football player who used to feature prominently during the the 1980s and 1990. He played as a defensive midfielder and is considered a French legend. He was the captain of the French national side that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 and was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Didier Deschamps started his professional club football career at French side Nantes in 1985 and went onto score 4 goals in 111 league appearances. He was then signed by Marseille in 1989 and won two league titles and won the UEFA Champions League in 1993 with them. He was the captain of the side that won the title and became the youngest captain ever to lead a club to the European Cup triumph.
Deschamps joined Juventus in 1994 and went onto win three Italian Serie A titles, two Italian Supercups and the UEFA Champions League. Deschamps subsequently played for English side Chelsea and Valencia and retired in 2001, when he was only 32 years of age.
|Height / weight||1.74 m /|
|Born||15 Oct 1968|
|Valencia||2000 - 2001|
|Chelsea||1999 - 2000|
|Juventus||1994 - 1999|
|Marseille||1989 - 1994|
|Bordeaux||1990 - 1991 (loan)|
|FC Nantes||1985 - 1989|
Didier Deschamps made his international debut for France against erstwhile Yugoslavia on April 29,1989 and went onto feature in 103 international matches for his nation, scoring four goals. He was the captained of the French national side that won the 1998 France World Cup and Euro 2000. His last international match was against England.
Didier Deschamps turned to coaching after retiring from his playing career. He was the coach of AS Monaco between 2001 and 2005 and led the French club to the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2004. He then coached Juventus during the 2006-2007 season and led them to promotion from the Italian Serie B to the Italian Serie A.