Former France boss Michel Hidalgo dies at the age of 87

Tanya Simon
March 27, 2020

Michel Hidalgo, the coach who led France to the European Championship title in 1984, died on Thursday, aged 87, in the city of Marseille, according to sources consulted by the local press, unrelated to the new coronavirus.

At the european championship on home soil, France won in the final in Paris with a 2-0 victory over Spain. It was their first ever major tournament success. The single, a French global and former player of Le Havre-Stade Reims and AS Monaco celebrated on the 22nd of march, still in its 87th anniversary this year. "Through his style of play, his personality, his exemplary passion, he contributed to the influence of our sport at worldwide level, and to its popularity in France".

In his active career played Michel Hidalgo for Reims in the 1950s, while he tørnede out of Monaco in the 1960s.

The midfielder scored in Reims' European Cup final defeat to Real Madrid in 1956 and won three Ligue 1 titles, at Reims in 1955 and with Monaco in 1961 and 1963.

France had struggled for nearly two decades after finishing third at the 1958 World Cup.

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There's no rhyme or reason that you want to go on the road and just dethrone the home team due to their fans and vice versa. The four-time MVP was averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists in 60 games for the Purple and Gold.

Hidalgo also won the Coupe de France twice at Monaco, in 1960 and 1963, but his worldwide playing career was limited to just one appearance in 1962.

Michel Platini, with Dutch national team coach Michel Hidalgo.

Beaten by West Germany in the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, Hidalgo's ebullient side - led by the inspired Michel Platini - responded in magnificent fashion at EURO two years later.

"Michel Hidalgo left a considerable legacy".

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