Monday, November 29, 1999

Blanc leaves Bordeaux, set to become France coach

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Laurent Blanc is leaving Girondins Bordeaux and will over as France coach after the World Cup, the Ligue 1 club said on Sunday."Girondins Bordeaux have been informed by Laurent Blanc that he wanted to answer favourably to the French federation (FFF)'s approaches to become the France coach," Bordeaux said in a statement."Girondins Bordeaux expect to hear from the FFF on the question of the compensation linked to the release of their coach."Blanc, 44, became Bordeaux coach three years ago, leading them to a Ligue 1 and League Cup double least season.A World Cup winner with France in 1998, Blanc, who played for clubs including Barcelona, Olympique Marseille, Inter Milan and Manchester United, is nicknamed "the President" for his leadership skills.The French federation is expected to officially unveil Raymond Domenech's successor as national coach on Thursday.Domenech will lead the French team to the World Cup in South Africa next month and former sweeper Blanc will take over after the tournament with the task of trying to qualify Les Bleus for the Euro 2012 finals.(Writing by Julien Pretot, Editing by Ed Osmond; to query or comment on this story email
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