Two World Cups (one as a player, the other as a coach), the coronation of Euro 2000, two Champions League with Marseille and Juve … Didier Deschamps has an impressive track record! However, he did not know only happy moments. The coach of the Blues lost his big brother in a plane crash, a tragedy that still upsets him today.
Philippe Deschamps died on Monday, December 21, 1987. The 22-year-old young man was one of the 16 dead (13 passengers and three crew members) who died in the crash of the AF (Air France) flight 1919, connecting Brussels to Bordeaux. The aircraft crashed upon landing, due to bad weather conditions and degraded ground visibility.
When his big brother died, Didier Deschamps, then 19, was a player at FC Nantes. The coach of the France team has 52 today but remains affected by this loss, which he mentioned in the documentary Didier facing Deschamps, aired on October 11, 2019.
“It’s so unfair, but we live with it. We have to. Without and with … (…) Years have passed, time is doing its job, but we cannot forget. And then, it’s a Christmas period … We remain marked for life, necessarily“, he confided in the film on his life, produced by his friend Nagui. At the same time, Claude Deschamps, Didier’s companion (whom he married in 1989), lost his dad.
Philippe Deschamps was buried on December 26, 1987. The funeral for Didier’s father-in-law took place the next day, December 27, 1987.