Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has landed a shock role as the new manager of the French U21 national team.
Henry has been handed a two-year contract with the youth team, which will see him take charge of their qualification for the U21 Euros. However, his primary objective will see Henry in the hot seat of the French side for the Olympics.
Current Olympic rules state that a squad has to be made up of players under the age of 23-year-olds – plus three over-age players. At the 2020 Olympics, these three players were: André-Pierre Gignac, Téji Savanier, and Florian Thauvin.
The French crashed out in the group stages – only beating South Africa during their time in Tokyo.
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In 2024, Paris is hosting the Olympics, and a press release from the FFF statement a good performance on home turf is a priority for the federation.
It read: "Thierry Henry will lead Les Bleuets for the next qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro U21 2025 and for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games (July 25 – August 10), a major objective for the Federation. "
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Henry's had an interesting managerial career, and he's twice been an assistant at Belgium – covering the last two World Cups.
The Frenchman's first top job came at Monaco, but after the side struggled he was sacked. Henry then popped up at Montreal Impact, where he took charge of the side for almost two years before returning to Belgium.
The Arsenal legend's new role is his first top job since he left the MLS.
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