OREANDA-NEWS. Official website of the French Football Federation reported that former coach of the national football team Michel Hidalgo died at the age of 87.

During footballer career, Hidalgo played in the clubs Le Havre, Reims and Monaco. In 1955, he became the champion of France and the finalist of the Champions Cup with Reims. In 1961 and 1963, he won the French championship with Monaco.

Hidalgo headed the national team from 1976 to 1984. In 1982, he led it to the semifinal of the World Cup. In 1984, French footballers won the first title in history at the European championship. In total, Hidalgo spent 75 matches as the head of the French team.

After that, Hidalgo was a coach of Marseille from 1986 to 1991 and won three national championships and a national cup. From 2004 to 2006, he worked with the Congo football team.