Michel Hidalgo, the coach of the good France workforce 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 quite a lot of years, died “of pure causes” at house in Marseille, his household advised radio station France Data.
He’s finest remembered for his eight years in command of Les Bleus, which culminated with the fashionable workforce of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana profitable Euro 84 on house soil, beating Spain 2-Zero within the ultimate in Paris. It was their first-ever main event success.
Previous to that, he took France to the 1978 World Cup, their first look on the event 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 workforce to its best heights, choosing an exquisite fashion of soccer which allowed every one among us to completely categorical our particular person abilities,” stated Platini in a press release.
“Michel Hidalgo left a substantial legacy. He rebuilt French soccer at worldwide degree.
“His imaginative and prescient and his work nonetheless resonate right this moment in each match our nationwide workforce 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 good Reims facet of the 1950s, that includes, and scoring, once they misplaced 4-Three to Actual Madrid within the first-ever European Cup ultimate 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 means of his footballing philosophy, his character, his exemplary ardour, he helped elevate the standing of our sport internationally and its recognition in France.”