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It was expected and it is now official: Didier Deschamps, in office since 2012, extended his contract with the French Football Federation (FFF) on Friday to remain coach of the French team until 2026. A decision which brings another question around the future of Zinedine Zidane, long tipped to take over on the bench of the Blues after the World Cup in Qatar. Several rumors also stipulated that Zizou had refused several positions in recent months, including PSG, Chelsea or Manchester United, with the hope of resuming the job built by the current French coach. With the confirmation of Deschamps and his staff until Euro 2026, it is the whole project imagined by Zidane for several years that falls into the water. But the phone of the former Real Madrid coach is not ready to stop ringing.
“Never say never, especially when you are a coach today. When I was a player, I had the choice between almost all clubs. Coach, now there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to. There are two or three possibilities. This is the current reality”then confided the legendary number 10 of the Blues in the columns of The Team in June. Yet he has several options and with the French team again guaranteed to be blocked until 2026, Zidane can start to turn to other championships or… federations.
Several federations want to attract him
Zidane coach or coach? This is the other question that torments the spirit of the football planet: “I want to, of course, and I hope to be one day. When ? It’s not up to me. But I want to come full circle with the French team. I knew this French team as a player and it’s the best thing that has happened to me, but really it’s the pinnacle. And so, as I experienced that and today I am a coach, the French team is firmly rooted in my head. If it has to happen, it will happen when it happens. Again, it’s not up to me. The French team is the most beautiful thing there is.”, said Zidane then about the post of coach of France. If the Blues have always represented the ultimate goal in Zizou’s mind, other countries would like to sign the French legend to build a coherent project four years before the next World Cup. According to information from our colleagues at The Team, Brazil, Portugal and even the United States have contacted Zinedine Zidane in recent weeks offering him the post of coach. As a reminder, Tite and Fernando Santos were respectively dismissed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) after the Qatari edition.
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The rumor linking him with Brazil has been known for several weeks now. The executioner of the Seleção in 1998 and 2006 enjoys eternal respect in the land of the Auriverdes and several Brazilian football figures have already campaigned for the arrival of Zizou on the Brazil bench: “Football is a democratic sport. Everyone can participate, although the priority will always be a coach from your country, who knows the local football. But if today, you don’t have a name that is unanimous in Brazil, why not look outside? (…) I see Zidane as the perfect coach of Brazil”said former OL captain Juninho on the airwaves of RMC. Regarding the United States, the temptation to bring a big name for their selection is strong, while the country will co-organize the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico. But the language barrier seems to be lacking in Zizou. Some big European clubs would always push for his arrival, notably Juventus, but the current sports project would not please the 1998 Ballon d’Or.