Thursday, all of French football lost one of its members, with the death of legend Michel Hidalgo, who died at the age of 87 in Marseille.
In recent hours, words have been heard from all sides to pay a final tribute to Michel Hidalgo. Died Thursday afternoon after a long illness, the man who celebrated his 87th birthday last Sunday will leave a huge mark in French football. Coach of the Blues for eight years from 1976 until 1984, when Hidalgo guided the French team to the title of European champion, the first major round ball trophy in France. Suffice to say that with this disappearance, it is one of the most beautiful pages of French football that turns. What Didier Deschamps is perfectly aware of.
“I learned with great sadness of the death of Michel Hidalgo. My adolescence, like that of many French people of my generation, was marked by the sparkling performances of “his” French team, from the qualification for the 1978 World Cup, that our football had been waiting for 12 years, until the he brilliant victory at Euro 1984. This first international trophy paved the way for other great successes for French football. On a more personal note, I had the chance and the privilege of getting to know Michel during my two visits to Olympique de Marseille, as a player and then as a coach. In good and bad times, Michel has always shown great kindness towards me. He was a deeply nice man. Beyond his technical skills, it is also the memory of his kindness that I want to remember. To my loved ones, to my friends, I send my sincere condolences “, launched the current Blues coach on L’Équipe, who took over from Hidalgo by participating in other French titles, with the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a player , and the 2018 World Cup as coach.