Euro 2022: who is Corinne Deacon, coach of the French women’s team?

From Wednesday, July 6, 2022, for the start ofEuro 2022, all eyes will be on his team. Since 2017, Corinne Deacon has been the official coach of the French women’s football team. After winning two Tournoi de France titles with Les Bleues, the coach intends to take them as far as possible during Euro 2022.

Corinne Deacon’s professional playing career

Originally from Croix, in the North of France, Corinne Deacon began her playing career in 1988 at ASJ Soyaux. She spent her entire career there, until 2007, when she retired following a knee injury. With more than 19 seasons, she will have played around 350 D1 matches.

Corinne Deacon will also evolve a large part of her career with the Bleues team. When she turned 18, she played her first match with theFrance women’s football team. With more than 121 selections, she will have held the record for selections in the French women’s team.

After her career as a professional footballer, from 2007 to 2013, she coached the flag team ofASJ Soyaux and takes the place of assistant coach of the France team, Bruno Bini. In 2014, she became the first woman to obtain the professional football coaching certificate, allowing her to coach Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs.

From then on, she becomes the first female coach of a men’s football team and now takes care of Clermont Foot 63. The first year, she will lead her team to 12th position, the best in years. In 2017, Corinne Deacon returned to Les Bleues and became coach of the French women’s football team. In 2019, she participated in her first World Cup in this position and qualified for the quarter-finals, before losing to the United States.

The controversy surrounding the management of Corinne Deacon

Despite this record, the management of Corinne Deacon has been strongly criticized over the years. Renowned for her strong character, the coach has often had to face public accusations from her players, notably by Amandine Henry, Wendie Renard and Eugenie Le Sommer. At the start of 2021, Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, supports the coach: “his sporting record is very good”, he testifies.

After unveiling the list of Blue for Euro 2022 (however without a few key names like Henry or Le Sommer), Corinne Deacon seems to be at the head of one of the favorite teams for the Women’s Euro. See you on July 10, for the first match against Italy.

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