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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Juve appoint Deschamps as coach
Didier Deschamps
Deschamps joins Juventus as the club faces an uncertain future
Former France captain Didier Deschamps has become the new coach of Juventus as the Italian club remains embroiled in an ongoing match-fixing trial.

Deschamps, who won the 1998 World Cup with France as well as three league titles and a Champion's League title at Juventus, has signed a two-year deal.

The 37-year-old former Monaco boss replaces Fabio Capello, who quit last week to join Real Madrid.

Juventus are among four clubs facing the threat of relegation from Serie A.

Deschamps, who also played for Chelsea, said last month that the side had asked him to join as coach if they were relegated to the second-tier Serie B as a punishment.

No decision has yet been made on any relegation, but a judge in Rome will decide the fate of Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina this week.

Deschamps won three Italian titles, one Italian Cup, two Italian Supercups and a second Champions League title while playing at Juventus between 1994 and 1998.

He also captained France to victory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

He was appointed Monaco coach in 2001, taking them to the Champions League final three years later before stepping down in 2005 following a poor run.

Juve released a statement on Monday, saying: "Juventus confirm the signing of coach Didier Deschamps on a two-year contract, valid until 30 June, 2008."



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