Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Deschamps returns to lead Marseille to title
by Paul Kennedy, May 6th, 2010 1:34AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  france


[FRANCE] Didier Deschamps, captain of France's 1998 World Cup championship team, is building quite a record as a coach. Deschamps, once dismissed by the great Eric Cantona as being nothing more than a "water boy," guided Marseille to the 2010 French league title, its first since its 1993 title, which was later stripped away because of match-fixing.

Marseille clinched the league title on Wednesday when it beat Rennes, 3-1, and second-place Auxerre fell to Lyon, 2-1. The league title came two months after Deschamps led OM to the French League Cup title, its first title of any kind since the 1993 VA-OM scandal that involved Marseille's attempt to fix a French league match with Valenciennes.

Marseille president Bernard Tapie, a well-known businessman and politician, went to jail along with Jean-Pierre Bernes, the club's general manager. Three Valenciennes players -- including Argentine great Jorge Burruchaga -- and one Marseille player received suspended sentences.

Marseille had its 1993 French title taken away from it and was banned from defending its Champions League title -- the only one won by a French team.

The late Robert Louis-Dreyfus later took charge of Marseille and injected millions of dollars into the club, but it failed to win anything.

Deschamps captained Marseille's 1993 championship team that also won the UEFA Champions League that year. He later played at Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia.

He's enjoyed a short but successful career as a coach, leading Monaco to the 2003 French League Cup title and 2004 UEFA Champions League final and led Juventus back to Serie A in 2007 following its relegation in a scandal of its own.

Deschamps took over Marseille from Belgian Eric Gerets last summer just three days before Louis-Dreyfus' death from leukemia -- Louis-Dreyfus' widow, Margarita, now owns the team -- and brought in Argentines Lucho Gonzalez and Gabriel Heinze, who were both instrumental in OM's success this season.

Cameroonian Stephane Mbia and Senegalese Souleymane Diawara came from Rennes and Bordeaux, respectively, and anchored the middle of the defense.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Newcomers debut for U.S. U-17s boys in pair of wins    
In their first games since Coach John Hackworth named the 32-player roster for the fall semester ...
Video Pick: A fowl field invasion    
A duck's crash landing interrupted a Bulgarian league game despite goalkeeper Nikolay Bankov's best efforts to ...
What They're Saying: Political science professor Fabio Wanderley Reis    
"People are not feeling represented and candidates like [Joao Leite and Alexandre Kalil], with very little political ...
USL: Nashville SC hires SUM exec Jeske    
Court Jeske, who spent eight years at MLS and Soccer United Marketing as vice president, international ...
MLS: Brad Davis joins vets who are retiring    
Brad Davis, a six-time MLS all-star and two-time MLS champion, announced Sunday that he will retire ...
NASL Rewind: Rayo OKC surges in playoff race    
With one week left in the NASL regular season, Rayo OKC, the Oklahoma club that in ...
Video Pick: Kaka finishes with golazo    
Kaka's second MLS season also ended without a playoff bid, but the Brazilian superstar is a ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls finish on top    
FC Dallas took the Supporters' Shield by repeating its 60-point performance of 2015, but the New ...
What They're Saying: Jeff Agoos    
"I think the irony that people don't realize about Bruce is he is the most loyal ...
By the Numbers: MLS playoff teams since All-Star Game    
The MLS All-Star break isn't a "break" in the sense that the MLB All-Star Game is ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives