Remembering Michel Hidalgo, a major figure in french football
A midfielder with Le Havre, Reims and Monaco between 1952 and 1966, Michel Hidalgo was an international, a three-time French champion and two-time winner of the Coupe de France. In 1963, he won his last trophy as a player in the Coupe de France final against Olympique Lyonnais.
As the France national coach from 1976 to 1984, he won Euro '84, the country's first major title. During this time, many of Lyon's players joined him on this wonderful adventure, including Bernard Lacombe, Joel Bats, Jean Tigana and Raymond Domenech, among others.
Michel Hidalgo est parti usé par le temps et personne ne pourra l’accompagner dans son dernier voyage. C’est doublement triste . Adieu Monsieur Hidalgo.— Raymond Domenech (@RaymondDomenech) March 26, 2020
"Michel was our confidant, our coach, our trainer. But he was also our father. He always gave us confidence. He was a man of great kindness and goodness."
"I'm very sad. I saw him last February in Marseille with Michel Platini, Bernard Lacombe, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana, Luis Fernandez, Max Bossis, Dominique Rocheteau and many others. There were 14 of us. It was incredible to see him again, certainly older, but still with sparkling eyes and a smile. What a great guy. I'm sad. The first thing I'll remember about him is the man who gave me my chance in the France team. I'll always be eternally grateful to him. The second memory: it was the man, he brought us together. He knew how to organise around him by his benevolence, by his skills. He'd left a lot of creativity in the French team, and as a result we won. He won the European title."