Zinedine Zidane Wanted to Replace Laurent Blanc as France Coach After Euro 2012

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 15, 2014

Former soccer great and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane of France smiles during a press conference one day before the draw for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Andre Penner

Zinedine Zidane wanted to replace Laurent Blanc as France's coach after the team exited Euro 2012, and he approached the France Football Federation about the job, says the organisation's president Noel Le Graet.

France eventually appointed another of that 1998 World Cup-winning team, Didier Deschamps, to the role instead.

Le Graet makes the claim in his book, "World Champions 1998, Secrets and Power", which is being serialised in France Football.

As quoted by ITV:

Zinedine Zidane would have liked to lead Les Bleus. It's clear he wanted (the job). I met him at his request. It was not the moment. He first needed to lead a team.

Since then, Zidane has become an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, so the idea of him one day leading the French team is not exactly fanciful.