Michel Hidalgo dies: The man who masterminded France's 'Carre Magique'

Carrie Guzman
March 27, 2020

Hidalgo, who had been ill for a number of years, died "of natural causes" at home in Marseille, his family told radio station France Info.

The former coach of the national team of France of football Michel Hidalgo died four days after the 87th anniversary, according to Get French Football News.

The French soccer federation said on its website that Hidalgo died Thursday.

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. The single, a French worldwide and former player of Le Havre-Stade Reims and AS Monaco celebrated on the 22nd of march, still in its 87th anniversary this year.

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'Through his philosophy of play, his personality, his exemplary passion, he contributed to the influence of our sport on the global level and to its popularity in France.

The midfielder scored in Reims' European Cup final defeat to Real Madrid in 1956 and won three Ligue 1 titles, at Reims in 1955 and with Monaco in 1961 and 1963.

Two years prior to that success, Hidalgo took France to the semi-finals of the World Cup, where they were beaten on penalties by West Germany after a 3-3 draw.

But, two years later, Hidalgo became a national hero as his exciting side featuring the famous midfield of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana became European champions. Hidalgo led France to the 1978 and 1982 World Cups and was not afraid to play attacking soccer that fit the French temperament.

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