Michel Hidalgo, who won two French championships with Monaco in the 1960s, has died of natural causes.

The former French fodboldlandstræner Michel Hidalgo, who led France to european championship gold in 1984, has died. He was 87 years old.

Michel Hidalgo had been ill for several years and died Thursday of natural exhaustion in the home in Marseille, told the family to the radio station France Info.

He is best remembered for his eight years – from 1976 to 1984, responsible for France, which culminated with a team consisting of stars like Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana.

At the european championship on home soil, France won in the final in Paris with a 2-0 victory over Spain. It was the team’s first major title.

Before it had the French team reached the semifinals at the world championship in 1982 and lost in the penalty shootout to west Germany.

– As a trainer took Michel the French team to its greatest heights and chose a beautiful fodboldstil, which made it possible for each of us to unfold our individual talents to the full.

– Michel Hidalgo left a significant legacy. He rebuilt the French football on the international level, says Platini, who scored nine goals and was the captain of the team at the european championships in 1984.

In his active career played Michel Hidalgo for Reims in the 1950s, while he tørnede out of Monaco in the 1960s.

In Monaco, he won two French championships and two French cup titles.

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