Michel Hidalgo, who coached France to Euro 1984 title, dies

PARIS (AP) — For Michel Hidalgo, playing soccer the right way always meant playing the beautiful way.

The coach who led France to the 1984 European Championship title and the 1982 World Cup semifinals with an unrelenting commitment to an attacking style of play, died on Thursday, the French soccer federation said. He was 87.

With the prodigious Michel Platini pulling the strings in a superb midfield known as the “Magic Four,” Hidalgo brought France back to the top of international football in the 1980s after years of underachievement.

“Michel lifted France to the summit of its art,” Platini said in a statement. “Making the choice of the beautiful game and allowing each one of us to express all of
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