Didier Deschamps

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Brazil’s blend of youth and experience makes them favourites to win the World Cup. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

With just over a year to go until the World Cup kicks off, 12 teams have qualified alongside hosts Qatar. All four semi-finalists from 2018 have seale(...)

France’s forward Kylian Mbappé scores his fourth goal during the World Cup qualifier against  Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes  in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Big guns France and Belgium both confirmed their places in next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar after qualifying victories on Saturday night. Kylian(...)

 French striker Kylian Mbappé scores his side’s  second goal past Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon  during the Uefa Nations League  Final at San Siro Stadium in Milan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Spain 1 France 2 There in the madness was Kylian Mbappé, blood running cold. A game of control had gone crazy and that was where France won it, claim(...)

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates with  Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their second goal in the Uefa Nations League semi-final against France  at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Belgium 2 France 3 Belgium have been top of Fifa’s world rankings for the past three years and they enjoyed a dominant position at half-time in a th(...)

France attacker Kylian Mbappe reacts after missing a penalty in the penalty shootout against Switzerland/ Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Didier Deschamps refused to blame Kylian Mbappé for the missed penalty that sent France to a stunning defeat against Switzerland on a dramatic night i(...)

France’s manager Didier Deschamps at  a press conference in Bucharest, Romania,  ahead of the match against Switzerland.  Photograph: UEFA/ AFP

World champions France are facing mounting injuries ahead of their Euro Round-of-16 match against Switzerland on Monday, with coach Didier Deschamps s(...)

France’s Paul Pogba  after the  Euro 2020 match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 23th. Photograph:  Franck Fife/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Few would take exception with Didier Deschamps’ assertion that while other teams may have made a better impression at Euro 2020, France will really ge(...)

Didier Deschamps: ‘Our goal is to achieve the best possible result with all the consequences that goes with it for the group.’ Photograph: Getty

Group F: Portugal v France Kick-off: 8pm, Wednesday. Venue: Puskas Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 7.30pm. On TV: L(...)

France’s head coach Didier Deschamps speaks with forward Antoine Griezmann in Munich earlier this week. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

It was a bold claim by Didier Deschamps although, as overlord of the world champions, one he was amply qualified to make. “He’s one of the greatest pl(...)

 France’s coach Didier Deschamps greets the fans after his team’s win against Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

If Didier Deschamps were to sit down and design the perfect cannon-fodder opponent for his French team, the result would look a lot like Joachim Löw’s(...)

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