Goodbye the most romantic coach of French football- Hidalgo

Michel Platini once called Hidalgo a dreamer. “He created the collective that plays free and beautiful football, the same way he always dreamed about it,” Platini said.

“French football has lost a legend,” FIFA wrote. On March 26, Michel Hidalgo died at the age of 87, after a long battle with illness. Le Monde newspaper commented: “Hidalgo was the one who brought French football back to the peak.”

Hidalgo is one of the greatest and most romantic coaches in French football.
Hidalgo is one of the greatest and most romantic coaches in French football.

Great teacher

The history of continental football could be very different without Hidalgo. Eight years leading the French team, this coach created an important milestone for Continental football. Under Hidalgo’s lead, “Les Bleus” won the EURO championship in 1984. It was the first team-level grand title of French football.

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Not only helping the French thirst for titles, but Hidalgo also enters the history of world football as one of the most romantic coaches and possesses the most soaring football.

In February, former French football players gathered at a small restaurant in Paris, to celebrate Hidalgo’s 87th birthday.

There, one finds legends like Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez, Joel Bats, Manu Amoros, Dominique Rocheteau, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana or Marius Tresor. Hidalgo appeared tired, and the family said he had never survived “the death of his best friend Raymond Kopa in 2017.

Kopa was one of the best midfielders of world football in the 1950s, who received the title of “European Golden Ball” in 1958 and was honored by “Football King” Pele in the list of 125 players alive. the greatest in the world.

Meanwhile, as a player, Hidalgo has won the French championship three times with Reims and Monaco. He was also a leader, who fought fiercely against corruption and demanded the rights of his players. Hidalgo once rejected the Real coach seat.

However, the most successful success of Hidalgo’s life was in the role of coach, when he won the Euro 1984 with flying football and pompous, as characteristic of the French.

France won the European Championship in 1984 with a football that captivated viewers.
France won the European Championship in 1984 with a football that captivated viewers.

Victory of romance

“Tomorrow morning, things can be difficult … But today, the French love story ended well,” Le Monde described the feat of Hidalgo and his students at EURO 1984.

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“I have never liked telling my students the final results, never,” Hidalgo once said of his footballing perspective. “I always tell them to think about the game, the way of playing, the ideas. As a player or coach, football for me must be as beautiful as a poem.”

Michel Platini once called Hidalgo a dreamer. “He created the collective that plays free and beautiful football, the same way he always dreamed about it,” Platini said.

In 1998, Aime Jacque helped France win the World Cup for the first time in history. Two years later, Roger Lemerre continued to help “Les Bleus” to win EURO 2000. By 2018, Didier Deschamps added one more time to help France win the World Cup.

In those dazzling feats, the French always remember the silhouette of Michel Hidalgo. Even for many, the France squad of the EURO 1984 tournament with the legendary quartet of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Luis Fernandez is forever the generation playing the most beautiful football.

When Luis Fernandez met Zidane in 2016, the Real Madrid coach said: “You may not know it, Luis, but I am a fan of the generation of 1984. I was at the Velodrome when you beat the Portuguese. And that gave me a lot of emotions, that’s when I wanted to play football, we knew that the event in 1984 created something. It helped France continue to conquer the world in the past. after”.

French football in the “post-Platini and Hidalgo” era is no longer beautiful according to the classical concept. The French national team later played more powerful football, although sometimes representatives of beautiful football such as Zidane or Ribery. At the 2018 World Cup, the army of Deschamps ascended the throne with the sporty and physically rich football, the core of which is African players.

Even for many French football lovers, the most beautiful things of this football in the country stopped permanently in the 80s of the last century. At Hidalgo’s hand, France played the most magnificent football.

Hidalgo is gone, but the legacy of romance and achievements he leaves for French football will last long forever.
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