Retiring as a professional football player does not mean the end of football career and retired players can also appear on football stadiums and even the World Cup in a different identity. There will be many former famous players who have participated in the World Cup as the coach of national teams appearing on the upcoming World Cup. So what will happen and if they can achieve big victories in the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Let’s look forward to the result.
Didier Claude Deschamps is a former French professional footballer and the current manager of the France national team. He played for a few football clubs as a defensive midfielder, including Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia. There is no doubt that he has helped these clubs get a lot of trophies. For example, Deschamps won French Division 1 and UEFA Champions League for Marseille; he helped Juventus win Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup. He also helped Chelsea get the titles of FA Cup and helped Valencia get UEFA Champions League Runner-up. As a national team player, he took part at three UEFA European Football Championships and one FIFA World Cup. In the 1998 World Cup, Deschamps captained the team who served as the team leader and won the championship of the World Cup.
On 8 July 2012, he was appointed as head coach of France national team. On 3 September 2017, Deschamps coached the national team in a World Cup qualifying game against Luxembourg national team.
When he was a professional football player, Thierry Henry almost took all top honors. He once won the Premier League, European Football Championship, UEFA Champions League and the World Cup. Individually, he was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons, and got the Premier League Golden Boot award, BBC Goal of the Season in 2002-03 season, European Golden Boot and so on. He spent his most football career at Arsenal, and helped the club win Premier League, FA Cup and FA Community Shield. Henry is one of the greatest forwards in the world.
Arsenal has established a statue outside Emirates Stadium in memory of the Arsenal’s greatest footballer Thierry Henry, which is also as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations. “I want to thank Arsenal from the bottom of my heart,” he said, voice choking. “I’ve said and I’ll always say, ‘Once a Gooner, always a Gooner’!”
Arsene Wenger, the head coach of Arsenal, will leave the club at the end of the 2017-18 season, which means he will end the 22-year coaching coach. He said something about Henry:“I must say, many players I have managed, like Thierry and Patrick Vieira, have the qualities to be managers.”
As Wenger said, Henry once coached players of the Belgium national team, as an assistant coach, in preparation for the friendly match again Spain.
Let’s look forward to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Which team will get the gold FIFA World Cup Trophy?