Paris, France – The French Football Federation (FFF) announced Sunday that Didier Deschamps has been named coach of the national team.
Deschamps replaces Laurent Blanc, who rejected a new two-year contract last weekend. Blanc guided France to the Euro 2012 quarterfinals where it was ousted by eventual champion Spain.
"Noel Le Graet, President of the FFF, and Didier Deschamps reached agreement after the conclusion of their talks for him to be named France coach," read a statement on the FFF website.
The 43-year-old, who managed Ligue 1 side Marseille last season, enjoyed a decorated career as a player with the French national team, captaining the country to titles in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.