And seven. Becoming, on Saturday, October 13, the new coach of AS Monaco, Thierry Henry is the seventh player, world champion in 1998 to take the reins of a team. If it was up to then assistant coach of the national team of belgium, it will start from Monday, his first experience as a head coach of a club.
Before him, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps or Laurent Blanc are launched on such an adventure. Often with success : Deschamps led les Bleus to a new world title in July, Zidane has won three champions League with Real Madrid ; and White has been champion of France with Girondins Bordeaux in 2009. Return on these Blue 1998 become coaches.
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Didier Deschamps, the coach champion of the world
AS Monaco, Juventus Turin, Olympique de Marseille and team France. Didier Deschamps is the most capped of the coaches from the group that won the supreme title in 1998. It has also set only a few months to retrain a player to a coach. In 2001, a few weeks after having put a term to his career as a player at Valencia, he was named the head coach of AS Monaco. He will lead the club monaco to the final of the champions League in 2004 (lost 3-0 to Porto), before leaving the following year.
It will then become coach of Juventus Turin during the 2006-2007 season, before joining Olympique de Marseille in 2009. It will allow the club phocéen — of which he was the captain at the beginning of the 1990s — to win new trophies after more than fifteen years of scarcity. The OM wins including the title of champion of France in 2010 under his leadership.
In 2012, he left the south of France to become the coach of the France team. Still in office — his contract runs until 2020 —, in particular it has led to the Blues becoming world champions in July. With this title, Deschamps became the third man to have won the world Cup both as a player and coach, with the Brazilian Mario Zagallo and German Franz Beckenbauer.
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Zinedine Zidane, three-times winner of the champions League
The former number 10 of Blues — double scorer in the final against Brazil in 1998 — has taken more time that Didier Deschamps to make the decision to become a coach. After finishing his career playing one evening in July 2006 in Berlin, after a sudden head off to the Italian Marco Materazzi in the final of the world Cup, Zidane is reluctant on follow-up to his career.
It was not until seven years later, in 2013, he will become the assistant coach of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, where he played between 2002 and 2006. Zidane will then take the reins of the reserve of the club of madrid between 2014 and January 2016, before becoming the head coach of Real Madrid. Only six months after its entry into function, it will win its first champions League. Will follow the other two European Cups and the championship of Spain.
In may, to general surprise, Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from the club of madrid. Unemployed since then, he has warned in September that he wanted to return quickly to a team : “Without a doubt, that, by little, I’ll train again, because this is what I love and this is what I have done all my life. “
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Laurent Blanc, coach unemployed
After you have put an end to his player career in 2003, Laurent Blanc sits on the banks of the Girondins de Bordeaux in 2007. He will lead the team from gironde to the title of champion of France in 2009, thanks notably to the performance of Yoann Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh.
the result of a third more difficult year, punctuated by a sixth place in Ligue 1, the former central defender to leave the Girondins de bordeaux to become the coach of the France team in 2010. He then takes the estate of Raymond Domenech and arrives a few months after the scandal Knysna during the fifa world Cup in South Africa. It will be including as his assistant, Alain Boghossian, another champion of the world 1998.
But the two men will act only on the occasion of the Euro 2012, where the Blues are eliminated in the quarterfinals by Spain (2-0), then champion of the world. Laurent Blanc will be replaced in the aftermath by Didier Deschamps, and Alain Boghossian will not be kept in the staff of the new coach.
Laurent Blanc will be just a single season of unemployment. He was appointed in June 2013 coach of the Paris Saint-Germain. Under his leadership, the parisian club will be champion of France every year. But the rub in the champions League, the stated goal of the owners qatari. PSG will never go further than the quarter-finals. In the spring of 2016, after a new defeat at this stage of the competition against Manchester City, Laurent Blanc is to be landed, then he had extended his contract a few weeks ago. Since his departure, he has not returned to club.
Patrick Vieira, a novice in League 1
It was one of the attractions of the beginning of the season in Ligue 1. The former midfielder, world champion in 1998 and a major player for Arsenal in the early 2000s, has been named coach of OGC Nice. After nine games, the club nice tip at the 12th place in Ligue 1.
Before that, Patrick Vieira began his coaching career with the U21 team of Manchester City, where he finished his career in 2011. After two seasons, he flies away in 2016 for the United States and took command of the New York City, which is a franchise of the English club. He stayed there for two seasons, before returning to France to lead Nice.
Bernard Diomede, the educator
The former left-winger of AJ Auxerre, Liverpool or AC Ajaccio has not yet led to any professional team. But since 2015, Bernard Diomede takes care of the youth categories in the France team.
He becomes the first coach of under 17 years, before taking over in 2016 under the age of 18 years, then in 2017 the top category, the least 19 years of age. With U19, it happened in the semi-final of the Euro at the end of July, having beaten England 5 to 0.
Lionel Charbonnier, the globe-trotter
As Didier Deschamps, Lionel Charbonnier will not have to wait a long time to go from player to coach. After having put an end to his career in Lausanne in 2002, he became head of the Stage poitevin, it will be back in the CFA (fourth division) in 2003-2004. The old keeper will spend the next two years in the CF Sense, before engaging in 2008 as the national coach of Tahiti.
in Parallel to an activity as a consultant to the television, he will then pack his bags in Poland, Belgium, Indonesia, before taking the head FC Istres, 2014, for a season. He will fly then to the democratic Republic of the Congo to lead to Sanga Balende. But there will remain a few weeks. Since then, he is a consultant to BFM.
And the other ?
If they are seven to be become coaches, they are still more numerous, among the twenty-two Blue world champions in 1998, have become consultants to television or the radio. This is particularly the case of the former left-back Bixente Lizarazu, who officiates at the side of Gregory Margotton to comment on the matches of the team of France on TF1 and in the show ” Téléfoot “. The former midfielder Youri Djorkaeff was also present on the first channel on the occasion of the world Cup.
The former striker Christophe Dugarry — who lashed out at Didier Deschamps after the world Cup — has his own show on RMC, ” Team Duga “. Emmanuel Petit and Frank Leboeuf are also consultants for RMC and BFM. Robert Pirès and Marcel Desailly officiate for them on the side of BeIn Sports.
If they do not become consultants, and other champions of the world act always in the world of football. Bernard Lama is today manager general of the team of French Guiana, and Christian Karembeu became ambassador of the international football Federation (FIFA).