The hug between Didier Deschamps and Joachim Löw, on the lawn of the Allianz Arena in Munich, will have, this Tuesday evening shortly before 9 p.m., a symbolic character.
Unless you imagine the two teams crossing paths, again, in the semi or final, this will be their 8th and last meeting on their respective bench.
After more than fifteen years of practice, Löw, 61, decided, in fact, to stop after the Euro.
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The France-Germany of November 13, 2015 at the Stade de France, the evening of the Paris attacks, represents a founding moment in their relationship.
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“This friendly match has strengthened our ties, confirmed the French coach a year ago in a cross interview published on the FFF website.
During the hours which followed the attacks near the Stade de France and in Paris, we had made a point, with President Le Graët, to stay with the German delegation in the locker rooms, until they returned.
We experienced this dramatic event together.
I do not forget it and it is the same, I know it, with Joachim.
These hours and minutes have been very long.
With Germany, we have a relationship of sporting rivalry, but also a relationship of brotherhood.
"We always think back to a day like this"
In the heart of a terrible night, in the bowels of the Dionysian enclosure, the two men were no longer adversaries.
They were together, to share in a mixture of English and German, sometimes with the help of translators, their concern.
“It was an experience that is associated for us with fear, with a lot of deaths,” Löw recalled again in November 2020. We always think back to a day like this ”.
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When asked about his French counterpart, he never fails to praise him.
“I really appreciate Didier.
Sportingly and humanely, he confides.
We have known each other for a long time in various UEFA and FIFA seminars.
In 2014, in Brazil, his team were a big opponent.
He always had a very fair-play attitude even in the defeat
(Editor's note: 1-0 in the quarter-finals).
There was a lot of expectation on his team.
The failure in the final of Euro 2016 hurt him.
He's always had a lot of pressure.
He deserved his success at the World Cup.
He knew how to give several styles of play to his team.
It is an example to follow.
He is also a very good person, very upright and fair.
193 games on the Mannschaft bench vs 113 at the head of the Blues
In a microcosm where the condition of a trainer is sometimes quite precarious, both Löw and Deschamps are involved in the long term. Both have left their mark in indelible letters in the history of their country. And even if they forgot it, the statisticians will take care of reminding them: they are the two coaches to have led their national team the most times. 193 for the German, 113 for the French.
“With Joachim, the competence is there, there is no doubt, notes Deschamps. I admire his career, which led him to the world title in 2014. On a human level, he is someone accessible, sympathetic. He has always shown humility. Without being friends, a real closeness, mixed with a deep respect, unites the Basque technician to the native of Schönau im Schwarzwald. Whatever happens this Tuesday evening, this complicity will in no way be altered by the possible hazards of a rebounding ball that is sometimes so capricious.