France's Euro '84 winning coach Michel Hidalgo dies aged 87

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

Hidalgo was in charge of the France team that won the 1984 European Championship after beating Spain 2-0 in the final.

Hidalgo had been ill for a number of years and his family told a French radio station he had died "naturally of exhaustion" at home in Marseille.

Second-half goals from Michel Platini and Bruno Bellone secured France a 2-0 win over Spain at the Parc des Princes in the final, as Les Bleus lifted a major worldwide trophy for the first time. It was their first ever major tournament success.

Two years before, France lost to West Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.

"As coach, Michel took the France team to its greatest heights, opting for a lovely style of football which allowed each one of us to fully express our individual talents".

Hidalgo will be remembered as a coach beloved by his players and one who ushered in a new era of French football, building the foundation for future success.

"His vision and his work still resonate today in every match our national team plays".

A midfielder, initially with Le Havre, Hidalgo played for Stade de Reims in the first European Champion Clubs' Cup final in 1956, scoring in his side's 4-3 defeat by Real Madrid.

Hidalgo went on to win two league titles and two French Cups with Monaco in the early 1960s.

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