Michel Hidalgo, the French coach of Spanish descent, died today, Thursday, four days after completing his 87th year.
Sources close to Hidalgo explained to the local media that the death was not related to the “Covid-19” virus, but rather due to a disease he had suffered in recent years.
Hidalgo began his professional career as a player with Le Havre before moving later to the Reims stadium team, with whom he qualified for the final of the first European Championship in history, which he lost to Real Madrid by a score of (3-4), and in the following year he moved to Monaco, which he achieved with two championships For the French league and the same in the French Cup.
During his career as coach of the “roosters”, he succeeded in reaching the 1982 World Cup semi-final, in which he received a dramatic penalty shootout against the German national team.
Two years later, Hidalgo succeeded in achieving the first international championship for his country after winning the European Nations Cup after beating Spain in the final.