Deschamps to Stay on as France Coach after Semifinal Exit at Euro 2024

France's head coach Didier Deschamps boards the bus to leave the stadium after the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-final football match between Spain and France at the Munich Football Arena in Munich on July 9, 2024. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
France's head coach Didier Deschamps boards the bus to leave the stadium after the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-final football match between Spain and France at the Munich Football Arena in Munich on July 9, 2024. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
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Deschamps to Stay on as France Coach after Semifinal Exit at Euro 2024

France's head coach Didier Deschamps boards the bus to leave the stadium after the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-final football match between Spain and France at the Munich Football Arena in Munich on July 9, 2024. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
France's head coach Didier Deschamps boards the bus to leave the stadium after the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-final football match between Spain and France at the Munich Football Arena in Munich on July 9, 2024. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Didier Deschamps is staying on as France coach after being praised by the head of the country's soccer federation for leading the team “in the best possible way” at the European Championship.
France lost 2-1 to Spain in the semifinals on Tuesday, ending an underwhelming tournament for Kylian Mbappé and his teammates.
However, in an interview with French daily L'Equipe on Wednesday, Philippe Diallo said Deschamps fulfilled the objectives set before the tournament — reaching the semifinals — and will carry on as coach.
Deschamps, who took the job after Euro 2012, has a deal through 2026, The Associated Press reported.
“I don’t see any reason to question his contract," Diallo said. "The results of the past speak in his favor and the objectives have been achieved. Didier will continue his mission.”
“The balance is generally positive insofar as the objective set for the semifinal has been achieved."
France was widely criticized for its pragmatic style of play at Euro 2024, with Randal Kolo Muani's header against Spain the team's first and only goal from open play by a France player all tournament.
Under Deschamps, France has won the World Cup in 2018, reached the final of that tournament in 2022 and also lost in the European Championship final in 2016.



South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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South Sudan's basketball team came close to stunning the United States' collection of NBA superstars on Saturday before losing 101-100 in an Olympic Games warm-up in London.

The US trailed by 14 points at half-time before LeBron James came to the rescue with 23 points, including the key score with just 20 seconds left.

Anthony Davis added 15 points with 11 rebounds for the US, according to AFP.

For South Sudan, who are ranked 33 in the world, Marial Shayok scored 25 points while Carlik Jones had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Both sides will meet again in the pool stages of the Paris Olympics which get underway on Friday.