The former selector of the French team Michel Hidalgo died this Thursday at the age of 87. The technician who won the Euro at the top of the blues in 1984 will never stay in the history of French football.
Michel Hidalgo, the former selector of the blues.
French football has just lost one of its legends. The former selector of the French team Michel Hidalgo died this Thursday at the age of 87. The ex-player from Reims or AS Monaco is dcd from exhaustion, of course according to his family.
A rich career
As a player, the native Leffrinckoucke simply won the most important national trophies. After his debut in Le Havre, the midfield winger at the Stade de Reims with a title as Champion of France (1955) and a final of the European Cup of the champions’ clubs lost to Real Madrid (3-4 in 1956) will be glorious despite having been marked Target. Then his palms on the AS Monaco side are enriched with two new championship titles from France (1961, 1963) and two crowns in the Coupe de France (1960, 1963).
During his career, he was referred to as a recreation in the French team and, in 1976, after a short period at the top of Menton, he was appointed selector of the blues. With offensive football, Hildalgo will restart this selection by being in control of a golden generation that is worn in particular by Michel Platini, Alain Giresse or even Jean Tigana.
Euro 1984 in the legacy
In 1978 France was able to return to the World Cup after 12 years of absence. Despite a failure in the first round (behind Italy and Argentina), his work at the top of the selection continues with a new qualification for the 1982 World Cup and an excellent course up to the semi-final before the elimination legendary Sville against Germany (3-3, 4-5 t.a.b.).
But after this terrible disappointment, Hidalgo simply wrote the history of French football by being the first voter to win a big competition: the Euro 1984. A pope who will never be remembered successfully in the final against Spain (2-0) in the Parc des princes. In the end, his record at the top of the blues (1976-1984) will be 42 wins, 16 draws and 18 losses. He then became the national technical director before becoming general director of the Olympique de Marseille (1986-1991). Hidalgor will definitely remain one of the great men in French football!
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