Former Madrid manager to land national team job after 2022 FIFA World Cup
Real Madrid's former manager, Zinedine Zidane will replace Didier Deschamps as the manager of France after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as per Libertad Digital.
The Frenchman left Real Madrid for a second time last year, doing so in May 2021 after a trophyless season at the club. Since then, he has been a free agent despite being linked to numerous jobs in between.
Recently, Zidane's former Juventus and France teammate Thierry Henry opined that the 1998 Ballon d'Or winner would perhaps wait for a vacancy in the French national team. It looks like he has already reached an agreement to replace Deschamps in the coming months.
Deschamps became France's manager a little over eight years ago when Laurent Blanc resigned from the post after the UEFA Euro 2012. The French side were eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing 2-0 to eventual tournament winners Spain.
Since then, Deschamps has led Les Bleus to a second-place finish in the UEFA Euro 2016 and the FIFA World Cup title in 2018. Zidane could now be the man to replace one of France's most decorated coaches in recent decades.
The former Real Madrid midfielder has an impressive C.V., winning three UEFA Champions League titles as Los Blancos' manager. He also won the FIFA World Cup (1998) and the UEFA Euro (2000) as a player for France.
His last game at international level came in the final of the FIFA World Cup in 2006, where he was shown a red-card for headbutting Marco Materazzi. Italy went on to win the final on penalties.
The FIFA World Cup will get underway when hosts Qatar lock horns with Ecuador on November 20.