Michel Hidalgo was ill for several years and died early in the afternoon in his home in Marseille. “from exhaustion, of course“said his family, who was contacted by France Info. As the coach of the blues, for which he stayed eight years, he won the Euro 1984 with the flagship Michel Platini, the first major trophy of French football.
Hidalgo was born in Leffrinckoucke in the north and developed as a player in Monaco, Reims or even in Le Havre. In the late 1980s he also worked as manager of the Olympique de Marseille by Bernard Tapie and was previously president of the UNFP, the players’ union.
But it was as a blues coach between 1976 and 1984 (a longevity record in this position) that this offensive game fan made history. In 1982, he led the blues to the semi-finals of the World Cup, this elimination for notorious punishments against Germany in Seville. And two years later, he put the French selection on the roof of Europe with a win in the home final against Spain (2-0).
He will remain famous for his creation of a “magic square” in the middle of the field, consisting of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Luis Fernandez, four players who were hosted at the Parc des Princes during the coronation. The first in French football who had to wait until 1998 to win a new international cup, the World Cup, before the Euro 2000 and the World 2018.