Deschamps extends contract as France coach to next World Cup

PARIS (AP) — After leading France to another World Cup final, coach Didier Deschamps is signing up for another shot at the title, prolonging his contract to July 2026. The French Football Federation announced the contract extension on Saturday. A World Cup winner as a player in 1998, Deschamps took over as coach of Les Bleus in July 2012 and led France to the World Cup title in 2018, beating Croatia in the final. Under Deschamps, France then came within a whisker of defending its title at the World Cup in Qatar, losing an epic final to Argentina.

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