Michel Hidalgo, the passion of the French game

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DISAPPEARANCE – Player in Greater Reims, then in Monaco, coach of the French team in the Platini years, manager of OM, he deeply marked French football. He died on Thursday in Marseille, aged 87.

Michel Hidalgo died at the age of 87.
Michel Hidalgo died at the age of 87. JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

“I never talked to my players about the result. Never! I always told them to think about the game, the results come from themselves. I was a player, coach and spectator, I always had these ideas. And too bad if I pass for a poet or a nerdy! ” Michel Hidalgo had a sense of formula and a taste for men. His balloon life will have offered him to orchestrate great hours of French football. With a taste for the spectacle, the offensive, the panache. The passion of the French game.

Born in Leffrinckoucke, in the North, he began playing football in the US Normande near Caen, before being spotted by Le Havre. He was then transferred to the Stade de Reims where he participated in 1956 (with a goal) in the first final (lost to Real Madrid by Alfredo Di Stefano) of what was called the European Cup of Champions Clubs. At his side, Raymond Kopa. With the baguette, Albert Batteux. Two models. His career then goes through Monaco, he knows the happiness of a selection

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