sport news Iconic Euro '84-winning former France manager Michel Hidalgo dies aged 87

Iconic Euro '84-winning former France manager Michel Hidalgo dies aged 87 Former France manager Michel Hidlgo has passed away at the age of 87  Hidalgo led France to their first ever major trophy by winning Euro 1984  The French football federation has paid tribute to one of its 'biggest names'  Football clubs and players across French football have begun to pay tributes 

By Phil Blanche, Press Association Sport

Published: 17:09 GMT, 26 March 2020 | Updated: 17:09 GMT, 26 March 2020

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Michel Hidalgo, who led France to their first major title at Euro 1984, has died at the age of 87, the French Football Federation has announced.

Hidalgo managed France between 1976 and 1984 and also served as technical director of the national team from 1982 to 1986.

France lost a 1982 World Cup semi-final to Germany on penalties under Hidalgo before winning Euro 1984 on home soil two years later.

Former France manager Michel Hidalgo has passed away at the age of 87

Former France manager Michel Hidalgo has passed away at the age of 87

'Today we learn with immense sadness and deep emotion of the death of Michel Hidalgo,' FFF president Noel Le Graet said on the official Federation website.

'The Federation, our football is in mourning. Michel Hidalgo is one of the biggest names in French football.

'He made history in international football with the first major title won by our French team.

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

Hidalgo led France to their first ever major trophy by winning Euro 1984 upon home soil

Hidalgo led France to their first ever major trophy by winning Euro 1984 upon home soil

'He was able to provide us with emotions that are etched and will remain etched. He will remain in our memories as a symbol, a coach, a benchmark coach, lover of beautiful play, close to the players.

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