Michel Hidalgo, the coach who led France to the European Championship title in 1984, died on Thursday, aged 87, in the city of Marseille, according to sources consulted by the local press, unrelated to the new coronavirus.
The death was confirmed by the French football players' union, which was chaired by Hidalgo.
According to information obtained by the local media, the former player and former coach died four days after his birthday, due to a disease that had weakened him in recent years.
Former member of the Le Havre squad, Stade Reims – for which he was runner-up in Europe in 1956 – and Monaco, Hidalgo once defended the French team.
Even before hanging up his boots, he became a player and coach of the Principality team simultaneously. In 1976, he took charge of the ‘Bleus’, exercising his role until the end of the Euro Cup, held in France itself.
* With information from EFE