Herve Renard: Former Saudi Arabia men’s manager named as new France Women head coach

Herve Renard has been named France Women’s head coach, the French Football Federation announced on Thursday.

The Frenchman resigned from his position as Saudi Arabia men’s coach on Tuesday, having overseen their famous win over eventual winners Argentina in the group stage of last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

He has signed a contract that runs until August 2024.

Renard led Saudi Arabia to a famous win over Argentina during last year’s World Cup

Renard replaces Corinne Diacre, who was sacked from her position as head coach earlier in March, one day after she released a statement claiming there was a “violent and dishonest” smear campaign against her.

The 54-year-old will lead Les Bleus into this summer’s World Cup in Australia in New Zealand, which starts on July 20. France are in Group F and will face Brazil, Jamaica and Panama.

When and where is the 2023 Women’s World Cup?

This year’s tournament will be held in Australia and New Zealand making it the first-ever co-hosted Women’s World Cup.

The group stage will begin on July 20 and run over a two-week period finishing on August 3 and see group winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16, which takes place from August 5 to August 8.

The quarter-finals, which will be held in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney, are scheduled for August 11 and 12.

The first semi-final will then be played on August 15 in Auckland, with the other semi-final taking place on August 16 at the Accor Stadium in Sydney, which will then host the final on August 20.

A third-place play-off will be played the day before the final on August 19 in Brisbane.

The USA are the defending champions and are looking to become the first team in the competition’s history to win the tournament three times in a row.

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