Michel Hidalgo, the coach of the good France group that received the 1984 European Championship, has died on the age of 87, the French gamers union and the French Football Federation mentioned on Thursday. Hidalgo, who had been sick for quite a lot of years, died “of natural causes” at dwelling in Marseille, his household advised radio station France Information.
He’s finest remembered for his eight years accountable for Les Bleus, which culminated with the trendy group of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana profitable Euro 84 on dwelling soil, beating Spain 2-Zero within the ultimate in Paris. It was their first-ever main match success.
Previous to that, he took France to the 1978 World Cup, their first look on the match in 12 years, after which led them to the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup, the place they misplaced on penalties to West Germany.
“As a coach, Michel took the France team to its greatest heights, opting for a beautiful style of football which allowed each one of us to fully express our individual talents,” mentioned Platini in an announcement.
“Michel Hidalgo left a considerable legacy. He rebuilt French football at international level.
“His imaginative and prescient and his work nonetheless resonate at this time in each match our nationwide group performs.”
Born in 1933, Hidalgo – whose father was a Spanish immigrant – also enjoyed a richly successful playing career.
After starting at Le Havre, he played for the great Reims side of the 1950s, featuring, and scoring, when they lost 4-3 to Real Madrid in the first-ever European Cup final in 1956.
Hidalgo went on to win two league titles and two French Cups with Monaco in the early 1960s.
“Michel Hidalgo is likely one of the nice names in French soccer,” said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.
“By means of his footballing philosophy, his persona, his exemplary ardour, he helped elevate the standing of our sport internationally and its reputation in France.”