FORMER France manager Michel Hidalgo has died aged 87 after a battle with illness.
Hidalgo spent eight years as French boss taking over in 1976 having replaced Stefan Kovacs.
He guided France to fourth place in the 1982 World Cup but two years later won Euro 1984 – the nation’s first ever major title.
Directly after he stepped down as France manager with Henri Michel taking over as Hidalgo took the role of the Technical Director, where he remained until 1986.
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