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.
“I would like to express all my passion and my assistance to his wife Monique, to his family members and all of all those near to him,” Platini stated in a statement. “As a mentor, Michel lifted France to the summit of its art, with perseverance selecting the wonderful recreation and making it possible for every single 1 of us to categorical all of our capability and individual expertise.”
Hidalgo coached France in 75 video games, powering only Raymond Domenech and latest mentor Didier Deschamps.
FFF president Noël Le Graët spoke of his “immense unhappiness and deep emotion” upon listening to of Hidalgo’s demise.
“The federation, our soccer, are in grieving,” Le Graët reported. “With his design and style of engage in, his persona and his exemplary enthusiasm, he contributed to our activity shining at global stage and its attractiveness in France.”
For the duration of his taking part in times from 1952-66, Hidalgo was an attacking midfielder who scored consistently for Le Havre, Reims and Monaco.
He received French titles and French Cups as a player, and scored in the European Cup ultimate when Reims lost to Serious Madrid 4-3 in 1956. He set his club ahead 3-2 soon after the Spanish group rallied from a 2- deficit.