After reaching the Euro final four years ago, only to lose to overtime winner Eder for Portugal, France quickly bounced back.Under Deschamps, they deserved the World Cup victory in Russia and are also among the favorites to triumph this summer.
If they do, Deschamps will have the honor of winning both the World Cup and the European Championship as a player and coach.
The defensive midfielder, who has made 103 appearances for his country, captained France in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
He’s now looking to repeat the round as a manager 20 years later, with a talented squad to call on, the majority of whom already know what it takes to be successful in a major tournament.
Immediately after his retirement as a player, Deschamps took the lead in Monaco, leading them to the Champions League final in 2004, where they lost to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.
Following their relegation following the Calciopoli scandal, he returned Juventus to Serie A before stepping down due to disagreements with the club hierarchy.
In July 2009, he was appointed manager of Marseille, winning the Ligue One title and the Coupe de la Ligue in his first season.
Three years later, he left for France after the departure of his former international teammate Laurent Blanc.
Deschamps’ reign is the second longest in the history of the French team after Gaston Barreau, which lasted from 1919 to 1945.
France were drawn in Group F alongside Portugal, Germany and Hungary and are among the favorites to win the tournament.