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Michel Hidalgo (French pronunciation: ​[mi.ʃɛl i.dal.go]; born 22 March 1933) is a French former football player and manager. He was the coach of the French national team from 1976 to 1984.

Michel Hidalgo
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Personal information
Date of birth (1933-03-22) 22 March 1933 (age 86)
Place of birth Leffrinckoucke, France
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
US Normande
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1954 Le Havre
1954–1957 Reims
1957–1966 Monaco
National team
1962 France 1 (0)
Teams managed
Monaco (2nd team)
Menton (player-coach)
Monaco (2nd team)
Directeur Technique régional (Sud-Ouest)
France (assistant coach)
1976–1984 France
1982–1986 Directeur Technique National
1986–1991 Marseille (Director of football)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Hidalgo grew up in Normandy, where he started playing football. He was named after Mexican patriot Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. He was champion of Normandie Juniors in 1952 with US Normande, before signing up to Le Havre's books for two seasons, later playing for Reims, with whom he played and scored a goal in the 1956 European Cup final 4–3 defeat by Real Madrid.

Under the wing of Rocher, who signed him for Monaco, he won two Ligue 1 titles and two national cup titles. Between 1964 and 1970, he presided the UNFP, a players' syndicate.

On 27 March 1976, he was appointed national team coach, replacing Stefan Kovacs and during a time when France were having difficulty in major tournaments. Included in his side was Michel Platini, who helped the side turn a new page in their book and get back to winning ways. In the 1982 FIFA World Cup he got to the semi-finals, where he lost to the West German side on penalties. In 1984, he won the European Football Championship beating Spain.

After his victory, he passed the reins over to Henri Michel and got a job as the 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.