8 octobre 2018 Ivan Sarto

Didier Deschamps, the French touch champion

Didier DeschampsBy Adam Storer

The France boss has won his second World Cup title in the summer, first as a manager – but it was his playing style that earned him an unusual label. Didier Deschamps will attend to the 29th opening ceremony of the SPORTELAwards in Monaco. On October 22nd at the Grimaldi Forum, soccer aficionados will be able to meet members of the world champion french team.

Didier Deschamps became just the third man ever to win the World Cup as a player and a manager, after France’s victory against Croatia in the final. Now, the former Les Bleus captain is hoping to add the Men’s Coach of the Year title to his collection at the Fifa The Best Awards. Deschamps joins Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Pagallo as the only people to win the World Cup as a player and manager.

Why was Deschamps called ‘the water-carrier’?

The 49-year-old can have former France team-mate Eric Cantona to thank for his nickname of ‘the water-carrier’. He earned the label for his style to win possession from the opposition and then pass forward to the side’s more creative talents.

While the nickname may seem like an insult, Deschamps was considered one of the greatest defensive midfielders at the time, using his positional awareness and excellent work-rate to stifle any attacks. His style helped him win two Champions League titles, one with Marseille and the other with Juventus in a career that saw Deschamps win almost every trophy available.

When did he win the World Cup as captain?

Deschamps was the man to lead France out at their home World Cup in 1998.

And he did so admirably, playing all-but the final group game as they beat Brazil to lift the famous trophy. In a team that had the attacking threats of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Zinedine Zidane, Deschamps and the defensive unit behind him conceded just twice in the tournament. The French captain completed a historic double in 2000, becoming the first World Cup holders to win the following European Championships. Deschamps added another World Cup medal to his cabinet when France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia.