Hidalgo as France head coach in 1981
|Full name||Michel François Hidalgo|
|Date of birth||22 March 1933|
|Place of birth||Leffrinckoucke, France|
|Date of death||26 March 2020(aged 87)|
|Place of death||Marseille, France|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|1967–1968||Monaco (2nd team)|
|Monaco (2nd team)|
|1986–1991||Marseille (director of football)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Michel François Hidalgo (22 March 1933 – 26 March 2020) was a French professional footballer and manager. He was the head coach of the French national team from 1976 to 1984, with whom he won the UEFA Euro 1984 on home soil, also reaching the semi-finals of the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Michel François Hidalgo was born 22 March 1933 in Leffrinckoucke, Nord. He was born to a Spanish-born father and a French mother in northern France, and grew up in Normandy, where he started playing football. He was named after Mexican patriot Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
A midfielder, Hidalgo was champion of Normandie Juniors in 1952 with US Normande, before signing up tp Le Havre's books for two seasons, later playing for Reims, with whom he played and scored a goal in the 4–3 defeat to Real Madrid in the 1956 European Cup Final, also winning a league title in 1955.
Under the wing of Rocher, who signed him for Monaco, Hidalgo won two league titles and two national cup titles with Monaco. Between 1964 and 1970, he presided over the UNFP, a players' syndicate.
At international level, Hidalgo was capped once for the France national team in 1962 in a friendly match against Italy.
Hidalgo started managing the Monaco second team in 1967 and served as a player-manager with Menton from 1968 until 1969.
On 27 March 1976, he was appointed France national team head coach, replacing Ștefan Kovács – under whom he had previously served as an assistant – during a time when France was having difficulty in major tournaments. Included in his side was playmaker and captain Michel Platini, who helped the side turn a new page in their book and get back to winning ways. After suffering a first-round elimination at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Hidalgo led the team to the semi-finals, where he lost to the West German side on penalties following a 3–3 draw after extra-time; France eventually finished the tournament in fourth place. In 1984, he won the European Championship on home soil, beating Spain 2–0 in the final in Paris; this was France's first major international title. The exciting attacking style of football that he implemented with the French national side during this period was known as "champagne football" in the media. Hidalgo is also regarded as the architect of the French "carré magique" (magic square), which was nickname given to the creative and talented four-man midfield of the French national side during the 80s, which was made up of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana, and Luis Fernandez.
After his victory, he passed the reins over to his assistant Henri Michel and got a job as the National Technical Director, where he remained until 1986, afterwards choosing a managerial position at Marseille. He is considered an idol among the Marseille supporters. He strayed from the limelight after 1991, taking a sidelining role as a football pundit on Demain, c'est foot, a football show on TMC Monte Carlo.
Hidalgo died on 26 March 2020 in Marseille, at the age of 87, after a lengthy struggle with a disease.