Michel Hidalgo, the coach of the nice France crew that received the 1984 European Championship, has died on the age of 87, the French gamers union and the French Soccer Federation stated on Thursday. Hidalgo, who had been sick for a variety of years, died “of pure causes” at residence in Marseille, his household informed radio station France Information.
He’s finest remembered for his eight years accountable for Les Bleus, which culminated with the fashionable crew of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana successful Euro 84 on residence soil, beating Spain 2-Zero within the closing 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 crew to its best heights, choosing an attractive type of soccer which allowed every one in all us to totally specific our particular person abilities,” stated Platini in an announcement.
“Michel Hidalgo left a substantial legacy. He rebuilt French soccer at worldwide stage.
“His imaginative and prescient and his work nonetheless resonate as we speak in each match our nationwide crew performs.”
Born in 1933, Hidalgo – whose father was a Spanish immigrant – additionally loved a richly profitable enjoying profession.
After beginning at Le Havre, he performed for the nice Reims aspect of the 1950s, that includes, and scoring, after they misplaced 4-Three to Actual Madrid within the first-ever European Cup closing in 1956.
Hidalgo went on to win two league titles and two French Cups with Monaco within the early 1960s.
“Michel Hidalgo is among the nice names in French soccer,” stated French Soccer Federation president Noel Le Graet.
“By his footballing philosophy, his persona, his exemplary ardour, he helped elevate the standing of our sport internationally and its recognition in France.”