The former France coach, who played for AS Monaco, passed away on Thursday afternoon in Marseille at the age of 87. He coached Olympique de Marseilles for eight years and won the UEFA European Championship in 1984. With the red and white jersey, he was a veteran of ASM’s glory days between 1957 and 1966.

 

It is a sad day to say the least. One of the most beautiful pages of French football has been turned over. And one of the great names of AS Monaco is leaving. Michel Hidalgo, 87, passed away in Marseille on Thursday afternoon after an illness that had weakened him considerably in recent years.

The son of a Spanish metalworker, Hidalgo, who coached the French national team for eight years and was born in Leffrinckoucke in the north of France, had led Les Bleues to the European Championship in 1984 alongside Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse.

During his career as player, Hidalgo had worn the AS Monaco jersey after spells at Le Havre Athlétique Club and the Stade de Reims. Under the wing of Rocher, the lively midfielder won two Ligue 1 titles and two national cup titles. Hidalgo ended his career in the Principality in 1996 before embarking on a successful coaching career.