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Thierry Henry Named New France Under-21 Coach

August 22, 2023

Former France forward, Thierry Henry, has been appointed coach of the country’s under-21 team on a two-year contract.

The Arsenal legend, who helped France win the World Cup on home soil in 1998, succeeds Sylvain Ripoli.

Henry, 46, has had two spells as an assistant coach with Belgium, and managed Monaco and Montreal Impact.

He will lead a France Under-23 side at the 2024 Paris Olympics, which the French Football Federation (FFF) described as “a major objective”.

Henry will also lead the under-21s’ bid to qualify for the European Championship in 2025.

Former Auxerre U19 and Angers coach Gerald Baticle, 53, will join Henry’s staff as an assistant.

The FFF said it had a “phase of discussions” over a new under-21 coach and had “studied several profiles of French technicians”.

Henry scored 51 goals from 123 appearances for France, also helping them win the European Championship in 2000.

He rejoined Belgium’s coaching staff in May 2021 for a second spell as assistant coach under Roberto Martinez, but was not kept on after Domenico Tedesco succeeded Martinez in February 2023.

Henry will name his first squad on 31 August for a friendly against Denmark (7 September) and a Euro U21 qualifier away to Slovenia (11 September).

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