The only coach in the competition, along with Jürgen Klinsmann, to have won the World Cup as a player, the former Monégasque coach (2001-2005) started the competition in style with a 3-0 win over Honduras. A regular winner of silverware (Coupe de la Ligue 2003 with ASM) and fantastic teams (Champions League final in 2004 with AS Monaco), Didier Deschamps - more than 200 matches in charge of the principality side - is today guiding Les Bleus back into the limelight. A win over Switzerland on Friday will qualify Les Bleus for the second round. The other Group E match sees Honduras take on Ecuador.
"Win 3-0 in the World Cup is never easy. We did well. Football is great when you win. Congratulations to the players."
Like his French opposite number, the USA's German coach is used to success. The star striker of AS Monaco for two seasons (1992-1994), 65 matches for 29 goals, Jürgen Klinsmann led Germany to third place in 2006. Coach of the USA since 2011, the former Bayern Munich striker made a great start with a 2-1 win over Ghana. A win in their second match, against Portugal and the USA will be into the knockout phase. The other Group G game sees Ghana take on Germany.
"Above all, I want to congratulate the team. As we expected, it was a very tough game. We knew it would be tight. We made the start we wanted. We had to dig deep to get this win. It's fantastic to get those first three points."
A magnificent AS Monaco midfielder between 1998 and 2000 (72 matches), Sabri Lamouchi won ASM's most recent league title in 2000. After a long and successful playing career, in 2012 he diceded to accept the coaching role with Cote d'Ivoire and qualified for the World Cup. Trailing 1-0 to Japan in their opening match, Les Éléphants de Côte d'Ivoire turned things around to win 2-1. A good start that needs confirming against Colombia and Monégasque James Rodriguez in their next game. In the other Group C match, Japan play Greece.
"It was very important for us to make a good start to the competition. The players were very happy with the win, but we are not qualified yet. Our ambition is to qualify for the next round, something Côte d’Ivoire has not been able to do until now."