Michel Hidalgo, former coach of the France team, is dead

He was 87 years old. Michel Hidalgo had brought the first title to the French team, Euro 1984.

France football former coach Michel Hidalgo died at his home in Marseille, surrounded by his wife Monique and his friends on Thursday March 26, learned franceinfo from his family. 87-year-old Michel Hidalgo died “naturally of exhaustion”, specifies his family. He had never fully recovered from the death of his friend Raymond Kopa in 2017.

Michel Hidalgo trained the French team from 1976 to 1984. With a golden generation, Michel Platini, Maxime Bossis, Alain Giresse or Dominique Rocheteau, he won the first title in the history of the Blues with the victory during the 'Euro 1984 organized in France. His career as a coach will also remain marked by the defeat in Seville in the World Cup semi-final against the FRG in 1982.

Refusal to be Minister of Sports

After the victory at the Euro, Michel Hidalgo leaves his post as coach. He refused Laurent Fabius' proposal to become Minister of Sports and joined, in 1986, the OM led by Bernard Tapie. Club in which he occupied the function of manager until 1991. The only downside was his conviction on appeal to a heavy fine and suspended prison sentence in the case known as OM accounts.

Born in 1933 in Leffrinckoucke, in the North, Michel Hidalgo began his professional career in Le Havre. He also played at the Stade de Reims and at AS Monaco. A mass will be celebrated in Marseille, with the former footballers of the France team, as soon as the health situation allows it.

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