FACTBOX-Soccer-New Marseille coach Didier Deschamps

Tue May 5, 2009 10:44am BST

May 5 (Reuters) - Factbox on Didier Deschamps who was appointed coach of Olympique Marseille on Tuesday on a two-year contract from the start of the 2009-10 season:

NANTES DEBUT

* Born: Oct. 15, 1968 in Bayonne, France, the midfielder made his league debut for French side Nantes in Sept. 1985 before leaving to join Olympique Marseille four years later.

* Won the first of his 103 caps for France in 1989 when he came on as a substitute in a 0-0 World Cup qualifier at home to Yugoslavia.

* After spending a brief stint at Girondins Bordeaux he returned to Marseille where he helped to clinch the league championship in 1991 and 1992 before achieving Champions League glory in 1993.

MOVE TO ITALY

* Moved to Italian side Juventus in 1994 and won three Serie A titles and the Champions League again in 1996.

* Was famously derided as a "water carrier" by former France team mate Eric Cantona, who meant that Deschamps would break up attacks before laying the ball off for more talented players.

WORLD CUP

* Captained France to World Cup victory on home soil in 1998 and followed that with victory at Euro 2000 before retiring from international football.

* In between the World Cup and Euro 2000 triumphs he moved to English side Chelsea but left after one disappointing season and moved to Valencia, where he also played a single campaign before retirement in 2001.

MANAGEMENT

* In 2001 he became manager of Monaco and won the 2003 French League Cup title before leading them to the 2004 Champions League final but they lost to Portuguese side Porto 3-0.

* He resigned in Sept. 2005 after a bad start to the season.

* Returned to Italy and was appointed Juventus coach in July 2006 following their demotion from Serie A after a match-fixing scandal. After persuading several top players to stay he led the team straight back to the top flight despite a nine-point deduction.

* However he resigned just a week after Juve secured promotion amid disagreements with club officials over the way forward in Serie A.

* Appointed successor to Eric Gerets as manager of Olympique Marseille on Tuesday for the 2009/10 season.

(Compiled by Patrick Johnston; Editing by Clare Fallon; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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