Michel Hidalgo dies: France Euro 1984-winning coach dead at 87

PARIS (AP) — Michel Hidalgo, the mentor who led France to the 1984 European Championship title and the 1982 Globe Cup semifinals, died on Thursday. He was 87.

The French Soccer Federation verified the demise.

Hidalgo coached the nationwide workforce from 1976-84 and led host France to its initial big title at Euro 1984 with midfielder Michel Platini scoring nine objectives.

Les Bleus arrived at the Entire world Cup semifinals two a long time previously but misplaced to West Germany in a penalty shootout.

Soccer purists adored the way Hidalgo’s groups had been virtually fixated on creative imagination, even at the expenditure of defending. The midfield, led by Platini, was regarded as the “Magic Four” and was arguably the greatest in the entire world at the time. Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Bernard Genghini were the other three.