Didier Deschamps becomes fourth person to reach the World Cup final as both a player and a manager
Didier Deschamps has become the fourth manager to lead his team to a World Cup final after playing in one as a player.
Deschamps was known as the water carrier as France reached and eventually won the 1998 World Cup on home soil. And on Tuesday he managed his nation to a 1-0 win against Belgium.
That means his side will take on either Croatia or England in Sunday’s final in Moscow.
Didier Deschamps guided France to the World Cup final by beating Belgium on Tuesday
That made him the fourth manager to have reached the final after getting there as a player
The 49-year-old is not the first man to achieve the feat of playing and managing in a final, however.
Franz Beckenbauer also pulled off that double achievement while representing Germany.
Der Kaiser won the 1974 World Cup with West Germany before taking charge of the national team. He led them to the final in 1990 and won the competition by beating Argentina 1-0.
Rudi Voller reached two World Cup finals during his playing career. He was on the losing side in 1986 as West Germany were beaten 3-2 by Argentina.
Defender Franz Beckenbauer won the World Cup as the captain of West Germany in 1974
He then led West Germany to the final in 1990 at the competition in Italy, winning it with them
Rudi Voller was part of Beckenbauer’s team when they captured the trophy against Argentina
But under the charge of Beckenbauer, he was part of the winning West Germany team in 1990.
Voller then managed Germany for the 2002 edition of the competition and led them to the final. His team were beaten 2-0 by Brazil at the International Stadium in Yokohama.
The first person to win the World Cup as both a manager and a player was Mario Zagallo, who spanned two brilliant Brazil sides.
Zagallo won the tournament in both 1958 and 1962 while representing Brazil as a player.
And in 1970, with the likes of Pele, Jairzinho and Tostao in his side, he took the country to another World Cup win as manager, beating Italy 4-1 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico.
Voller would go on to manage Germany to a losing effort in the final in Japan in 2002
Mario Zagallo shows his emotion when Brazil won the World Cup in Santiago, Chile in 1962
Zagallo was then in charge of the likes of Pele when they won the World Cup in Mexico in 1970
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.