the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday that the coach of the French women’s team Corinne Deacon, in office since 2017, had extended her contract at the head of the Bleues until August 2024, after the Paris Olympics . After the elimination in recent days in the semi-finals of the Euro in England against Germany (2-1), Corinne Deacon, 47, appointed to lead the France team for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, next summer, then at the 2024 Olympics, to try to bring a first international title to French women’s football.
An “encouraging” Euro 2022 for the future
“I am happy and proud to continue the adventure with the France team for these two additional seasons which may be very rich with a year-round competition”, declared the coach in each press release, acknowledging a “disappointment” compared to the Euro, nevertheless “encouraging” for the future.
The president of the Federation Noël Le Graët, who had defended his coach in recent years when the latter had made strong choices, even if it meant alienating certain players, said he was “delighted that Corinne had accepted to take up the challenge ” . “We share the same strong ambition for these two major competitions”, explained the Breton leader, who had already set Deacon the objective of the semi-finals at the Euro, achieved by the Blue and their captain Wendie Renard.
The support of Noël Le Graët
In an interview with AFP just after the Euro, Le Graët had already pleaded for a two-year extension: “I see that when you change coaches every year or every two years, even in clubs, that is not progressing. With Corinne, we are on the right track. It has been harder, but we are progressing,” he said.
In England, the French women’s team reached the last four of a major competition for the first time since the London Olympics in 2012. They had not qualified for the last Tokyo Games. Corinne Deacon, who will be 48 on Thursday, notably worked for the women’s team of Soyaux, before leading the men’s section of Clermont, in Ligue 2, between 2014 and 2017.