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Football stadium renamed in honour of Deschamps

France’s World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps has had a stadium in Monaco renamed in his honour.

The Stade Marquet will now be known as the Stade Didier Deschamps after the 49-year-old (pictured), who also won the 1998 World Cup as captain of France.

The stadium is next to the larger Stade Louis II, the home of Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.

“For me and my family, it is a huge honour to have the name of my family associated with this stage,” the France coach said, according to the Daily Mail.

“The most important thing is the little ones, the young footballers. Seeing smiles, tears, joy, happiness, there’s nothing more beautiful.”

Deschamps, who has lived in Monaco for a number of years, already has a stadium named after him in Bayonne, his place of birth.

With France’s World Cup win in Russia in the summer, Deschamps became just the third man to win the tournament as a player and manager, after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.

Image: Вячеслав Евдокимов