High Expectations for French Soccer Coach Deschamps

March 30, 2015 8:54 PM

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High Expectations for French Soccer Coach Deschamps

Before France took the field against Brazil on Thursday night for another symbolic rematch of the 1998 World Cup final, the federation trotted out five of its household names—Zinedine Zidane and friends. They were all players who had been there, who had lifted the trophy, 17 years ago.

They received commemorative jerseys. They took selfies on the pitch. They met President François Hollande—again. Because France is constantly finding ways to honor its World Cup-winning heroes. And sometimes that involves giving them the biggest job in French soccer: national team manager.

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