Why did Didier Deschamps get the nickname “The Water Carrier” and when did he become world champion captaining the French?

DIDIER DESCHAMPS wants to win his second World Cup as a coach with his French team against Argentina.

The former Les Bleus captain won the biggest prize in all of football as a player in 1998 before winning it all again as a manager in 2018.


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Alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo, Deschamps is the only one to have won the World Cup as a player and coach.

And he hopes to win it again in 2022 when his French side take on Argentina in a grand final.

Why was Deschamps called “the water carrier”?

The 54-year-old owes his nickname “the water carrier” to his former French team-mate Eric Cantona.

He earned the label for his style of bringing opponents possession and then passing it on to the team’s more creative talents.

While the nickname might seem like an insult, Deschamps was considered one of the best defensive midfielders of the time, using his positional awareness and superb work-rate to smother all attacks.

His style helped him win two Champions League titles, one with Marseille and the other with Juventus in a career that saw Deschamps win almost every trophy available.

When did he become world champion as captain?

Deschamps was the man who gave France the lead at the 1998 home World Cup.

And he did so admirably, playing until the final group game when they beat Brazil to lift the famous trophy.

In a side threatened up front by Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Zinedine Zidane, Deschamps and the defense behind him conceded just two goals in the tournament.

The French captain completed a historic double in 2000 and became the first world champion to win subsequent European championships.

Deschamps added another World Cup medal to his cabinet as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia.

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