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Deschamps wins FIFA Best Men’s Coach award

The France coach was recognised at Monday’s FIFA Best Awards in London following Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph

Didier Deschamps has won the FIFA Best Men’s Coach award after leading France to World Cup glory.

Deschamps was included on a three-man shortlist and saw off competition from former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and the coach of beaten World Cup finalists Croatia, Zlatko Dalic.

France entered the tournament as one of the favorites, although Deschamps was criticised in the build-up to Russia 2018 for his perceived negative tactics after a sluggish group stage performance.

Les Bleus proceeded to win a 4-3 thriller against Lionel Messi and Argentina before toppling an Edinson Cavani-less Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

After edging Belgium out through a Samuel Umtiti goal to book a spot in the tournament finale, France saw off Croatia to become champions.

Their victory came on the heels of Euro 2016 disappointment as the hosts fell to Portugal in the final despite Cristiano Ronaldo‘s injury.

This summer’s trophy was Deschamps’ second World Cup after previously winning the trophy in 1998.

He inherits the award from 2017 winner Zidane, his former French teammate, who left Real Madrid after guiding them to a third consecutive Champions League title in May.

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Zidane had finished second the prior year, as Claudio Ranieri won the award for Leicester City’s shocking Premier League title run.

Dalic, meanwhile, was included on the shortlist after leading Croatia past Denmark and Russia on penalties and England in regular time before falling to Deschamps’ France in the final.

The honor is Deschamps’ second ever individual coaching award as the Frenchman was previously recognised as Ligue 1 Coach of the Year in 2004 whilst in charge of Monaco.

-Goal

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