Didier Deschamps New France Manager – Bad News For Ben Arfa


Didier Deschamps was last night named the new France manager, replacing Laurent Blanc, who resigned following the Euro 2012 tournament, after France had been beaten 2-0 in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Spain.

Didier Deschamps – the new France manager

We had reported last Wednesday that Deschamps was the hot favorite that the French Football Federation (FFF) were looking at, and now the news has been made official last night.

And last Tuesday we had reported that four French players faced disciplinary action from the FFF for their behavior during the Euro 2012 tournament, and they included Newcastle’s mercurial winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

Deschamps managed Marseilles from 2009 through 2012 and for the first two years he managed (tried to manage?) Ben Arfa, but their personalities clashed often.

And it was really Ben Arfa’s poor relationship with the former French World Cup winning captain, that caused him to fly to Newcastle in August of 2010, in an attempt to force through a move to Newcastle United, a club he was  desperate to join (good lad).

Newcastle eventually took the French International on loan, and while he was recovering from the double fracture of his left leg,  new manager Alan Pardew signed him up permanently the following January, for a fee thought to be around £5M, but we suspect it was a bit less than that.

The 43-year-old Deschamps has managed Monaco, Juventus and Marseilles and he now takes over the full France National side, and to their credit they played a lot better in the Euro 2012 Championship than they did in South Africa in the World Cup two years ago – but they still had difficulties with the discipline of some of their players.

An FFF statement said the following last night:

“Didier is obviously the right man.”

This could spell the end of Ben Arfa’s comeback to the French International squad, but you never know.

However, it will be interesting to see if Ben Arfa is selected for the next French squad for the World Cup qualifiers coming up, although the four players who were suspended, the other three were Samir Nasri, Jeremy Menez and Yann M’Vila, could face suspensions from the full French side, as happened two years ago.

But this is not good news for Hatem Ben Arfa – at least not for his France international career.

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38 comments so far

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Poor benny. Probably gonna be punished for past mistakes. While ribery malouda benzema and nasri will continue to be picked regardless of their poor play

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  • Reshad

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    He’ll be well rested for Newcastle then. Can’t say I care about the French team!

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Indians magic watch not working today?

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  • Twatter

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza, I wasn’t necessarily on about you, apologies if it came across that way. I’ve just been looking at the comments more closely recently and I think some of it goes over the top, especially attacking Indian. I think there’s only so far people should really abuse someone over the net, especially on here…

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Twatter…Agreed. Sometimes something needs to be said, however, once you’re banging your head against a brick wall, it’s usually best to move on and just leave it alone.

    Thanks for clearing it up, I didn’t think I had given him a hard time…but them sometimes arrogance can cloud one’s judgement…somewhat 🙂

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Its to quite on the transfer front which can only be a good thing imo!

    Remember this time last year it was mental on here every day aload of people had us relegated along with there ashley out carry on

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Its to quite on the transfer front which can only be a good thing imo!

    Remember this time last year it was mental on here every day, aload of people had us relegated along with their ashley out carry on

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I think twatter is Indians 2nd account .. ha ha

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  • nufc_eire

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/7883840/Niang-set-for-Gunners-trial

    We should snap this guy up if at all possible. Great prospect

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Lachu…Not a chance 🙂

    Eastand….Ashley Out!!! Sorry, old habit 😉

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11

    nufc_eire yeah Good shout , decent player

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  • Twatter

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    @8 Unfortunately not, no.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Two non first team signings? Ashley out!!

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Has anybody ever considered the possibility that there are only 2 people on this blog?

    You and a schizo with multiple personalities?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Repost from prev thread: The roumor mill hasn’t been nearly as busy as in previous years. Appart from debuchy, who else is being strongly linked with us, I’ve been a bit out of touch past few weeks so hoping someone can list a few likely candidates, please 😀

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #16

    “I think some of it goes over the top, especially attacking Indian. ”
    This sentence lead to that thot ..
    Twatter .. ha ha.. alrite mate agreed

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Yes beattie 😉 i know im the sane one

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    What do you reckon the odds are that we sign somebody today?

    I’m going 10/1. A small outside chance but not insanely impossible.

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Does any one here rate Kalou leaving the part that he ll leave to ACON

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Ben arfa never helps himself with France though.

    He has a reputation so he needs to stop worrying what others get away with, get his head down, swallow some pride and do exactly what he is told whether he agrees or not.

    If he hadnt carried on during the euros and had to face disciplinary hearings there might have been people in France demanding he gets picked, as it is he will be down the pecking order.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Kalou went to Lille didn’t he?

    Guy asking about who we’ve been linked to – there’s a lot but guidetti has popped up a lot, Douglas, luik de Jong and debuchy.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Lachu, kalou would want too much money, and doesn’t really fit the profile set out by ashley, to old and expensive. Decent player though.

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree that there is a group mentality on here that attacks innocent bloggers for their sometimes ‘out-there’ ideas.

    Indian and Ketsbia are often the recepiants of the majority of abuse from the hive mind and I think it should stop.

    But before we do Markaccus hasn’t been on tue blog for a few weeks while the rest of us have had to suffer… GET HIM!!!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Beattie…I often wonder whether it’s just me and I’ve made you all up.

    Back in Europe…Ashley Out!

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Beattie i take 50-1

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Kalou has signed for someone cant bloody remember who now lol

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Might get asports direct tatoo under my toon badges what do you guys reckon?????

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Beetle….I’m not going to attack him…just add him to my list 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Cheers, fatmanjoe. At least the list isn’t written an a bog-roll this year. I’d heard all the de jong stuff, and that its dead in the water now, but as for the rest there are a few good names there.

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  • Twatter

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Back to the football, as was stated in the comments on the last post, I think we could do with a specialised LB. I think Santon is bound to be more effective on the right side because he seems to be dominantly right-footed which makes him very predictable when going forward on the left. Not doubting the lad’s technique but if you watch every game he’s played for us so far he’s had that natural tendency to drift inwards, taking speculative shots etc. He would be far more helpful crossing it in for the likes of Cisse and Ba.

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #31

    Markaccus , fair point , but Right time right place kinda player , i guess not too old he must be 27something

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #32

    lads is the pre season game live on tv in India

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #33

    @beattie… Nooooo, leave me alone, I have a senitive disposition :D. I might cry!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Markaccus…Just tickle his belly…it’s his weakness. You’ll have him purring in no time 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Lachu, yeah I think he’s about that age, but ashley likes under 26 aged players, for sell on value if they become surplus to requirements, while still in their playing prime. All about da munneh lol

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #36

    no way Roshan, we gotta look for some croppy live streaming link

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  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t feel i abuse ketsbaia so much as disagree sternly with some of his ideas. And i like Indian

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  • HullMag6

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #38

    It will be to the detriment of the French team if nasri etc carry on. Then let it be so and woy has a wevolution so we can improve whilst les bleus deteriorate with the weight of those massive egos.

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