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The French football national team has gone through a number of ups and down in the past 4 years. Raymond Domenech is a former coach of the French national side but it was an awful period of time for the French side as Domenech was unable to guide the French past the group stages of the 2010 World Cup after losing against: Mexico and South Africa as they only managed for secure 1 point in the group stages and were eliminated very early.
Laurent Blanc took charge of the national side and things slowly started to pick up in favor of the national side as they managed to make it into the quarter-finals of the 2012 Euro’s which was a fairly good result taking into consideration of everything that the squad had been going through in that time.
After 2 years as the coach of the French team, Laurent Blanc stepped down and Didier Deschamps was appointed as the new manager of the squad and this seems to have been a very good decision as the French side has been performing much better than some time ago and this was evidenced by the fact that Didier Deschamps was able to guide the team into the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
Didier Deschamps is attempting to turn the French side into the champions that they once were some years ago and the results are beginning to show in the pitch. The 46 year old manager originally signed a 2 year long contract with the French team but things have been going so well that the French Football Federation (FFF) decided to extend his contract until the UEFA Euro 2016.
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During the 2014 World Cup, France went through a fairly impressive campaign as the French side only conceded 3 goals in 5 matches as they finished the group stages at the top spot and later qualified into the knockout stages where the team of Didier Deschamps defeated Nigeria until eventually being eliminated after losing against Germany.
France managed to finish the international competition by placing in the 7th spot which is a huge improvement compared to the 2010 World Cup where they failed to make it out of the group stages.
This improvement that the French national side has recently experienced has led to Didier Deschamps deciding to sign a new contract with the French team in a deal that will see him maintaining charge of the squad until 2018 World Cup.
A statement from the French Football Federation read: “Following a proposal from the President Noël Le Graët, the executive committee of the FFF has decided to extend the contract of France head coach Didier Deschamps until the next World Cup in 2018 in Russia.”
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Roberto Martinez has said that Everton would continue to play the way they have been playing despite the fact that they are losing games.
The Toffees are generally known to play pretty balanced Football. Neither do they attack too much, nor do they look to back off, but, this season, they have implemented something different. They have looked to take the initiative in most of the games and in trying so; they have left their back line a bit open and have conceded goals.
They would never have thought that half way through the season they would be close to the danger zone, but, that is the case right now. Yes, it does not seem to be going to happen that the Toffees would slip to bottom three. They are still too strong for that. But, getting so close to that area is a pretty big embarrassment in itself for a team like Everton.
Some experts have been of the view that Martinez should not try to get overly attacking at this point in time. He would be better off trying defensive tactics for a while and try and secure a few points to get things under control a little bit.
But, the Everton manager is in no mood to ask his boys to play a different way. According to him, he has a long-term plan in place and he is not going to mind a few defeats. It’s only the aggressive mindset which is going to turn Everton into one of the powerhouses in the Premier League.
Speaking in an interview last evening, Martinez said, “I don’t support the remark that we have got to change our style.”
“Do we need to improve? Yes. Of course, but, as far as our approach is concerned, it’s fine. We will continue that way only.”
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Everton is believed to be ready to enter the battle of signing new players which includes: SaidoBerahino from West Bromwich Albion, Alex Mowatt of Leeds United and extend the deal of James McCarthy.
SaidoBerahino is a 21 years old forward born in Burundi who is currently performing for West Bromwich Albion but he has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs including: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and more recently Everton. In the current campaign, Berahino has already managed to make a name for himself after scoring 7 Premier League goals in 9 matches.
Berahino has already revealed his intention of joining a club that competes or that is realistically capable of competing in the Champions League.
The 21 years old striker said: “My aim would be to play in the Champions League, to be involved in the England seniors and go and play in World Cups and Euros.”
This could be enough motivation for other top clubs to make a swoop for him in the January transfer window.
Another player that has entered the radar of Roberto Martinez and Everton is the 19 year old midfielder of Leeds United, Alex Mowatt. At such a young age, Mowatt is turning into a top transfer target of Martinez and Everton is being linked to a move for the young midfielder when the transfer window re-opens in a few months but Mowatt is rumored to be allowed to continue playing for Leeds United for the remaining matches of the season before officially joining Everton.
James McCarthy is a player of Everton that Roberto Martinez has insisted in saying that he will not sell anytime soon despite having received interest from Ac.Milan. The coach of the Italian club FilippoInzaghi, is a big fan of the Irish midfielder James McCarthy but Inzaghi will have to look somewhere else for another player as McCarthy seems to have his future secured with Everton and Roberto Martinez for the next few years.