Saturday 21 June 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
France’s 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning captain Didier Deschamps joined Chelsea on a three-year deal from Juventus.
The 30-year-old midfielder, who lifted the trophy in Paris the previous summer, teamed up with France team-mates Franck Leboeuf and Marcel Desailly at Stamford Bridge.
He also linked up with Blues manager Gianluca Vialli, who captained him in the Juve side who won the UEFA Champions League in 1996.
Deschamps quickly established himself in the Chelsea side but only stayed with the London club for a season. During that time he helped the Blues to lift the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley. He made 27 appearances in the Barclays Premier League during the 1999/00 campaign.
After captaining France to glory in Euro 2000, Deschamps announced he was retiring from international football. He was his country’s most capped player at the time, having played 103 times for France.
He moved on in the summer of 2000, joining Valencia 7m and helping them reach the UEFA Champions League final, which they lost to Bayern Munich. And that match was his swansong as he announced his retirement from professional football at 32.
Deschamps took Monaco to the UEFA Champions League final in his first coaching role. He resigned in 2005 but took charge of Juventus a year later before moving on to Marseille in 2009. He is now France coach leading his side at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.