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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Deschamps steps down at Marseille


PARIS — Didier Deschamps' chances of succeeding Laurent Blanc as France coach increased immeasurably on Monday as it was confirmed he would be quitting his position as coach of Marseille.

The 43-year-old — who captained France to the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles — had asked Marseille to be released from his post on May 23, though he still had two years left on his contract.

His initial request to leave had nothing to do with the France post as Blanc was in charge and France was considered a strong candidate for the Euro 2012 title, however it bowed out in the quarterfinals and Blanc announced on Saturday he would not accept a new contract.

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