French team: legendary matches of the Michel Hidalgo era – foot – disappearance

The title of Platini and company against Spain (2-0)

On June 27, 1984, in a glowing Parc des Princes, France faced Spain in the Euro final. Michel Platini opens the scoring on a free kick poorly appreciated by Luis Arconada (ninth goal of the Juventus player) before the Blues widen the gap (2-0) in the 90th thanks to a ball stung by Bruno Bellone, launched in against by Jean Tigana. For his last match at the head of the Blues, that of the first major title in their history, Michel Hidalgo had prepared his troops in the locker room.

He had drawn a mountain on a board with this phrase from Confucius: " When you get to the top of the mountain, you have to keep climbing. " " Tomorrow morning, it may be difficult … But it's a kind of novel, and there is this love story that ends with a beautiful ending ", he says, moved, live on TF1 after being carried in triumph by his players.

The joy of the Blues (Lacombe, Fernandez) when Arconada lets out the free kick from Platini. (R. Legros / The Team)

The Velodrome capsizes against Portugal (3-2, a.p.)

To offer this final of Euro 84 in Paris, the French team must pass the Portuguese pitfall. The match takes place in Marseille, in the extraordinary atmosphere created by the 55,000 spectators. Jean-François Domergue (24th) opens the scoring on a free kick for the Blues. Jordao (74th) pushes them into overtime before passing the Lusitanians in front from the 98th, on Chalana services each time.

The ghosts of Seville 1982 resurface, the attackers miss a slew of opportunities but Domergue ties up to the 114th. Back on a center by Jean Tigana, Michel Platini qualifies the French forty seconds from the end. He found " The key to paradise ", title The team after this legendary meeting. " We came back from hell ", Hidalgo had rejoiced.

Qualification snatched at World 82 against the Netherlands (2-0)

If France mathematically qualified for the World 82 by beating Cyprus (4-0) in December 1981, everything was played a month earlier against the Netherlands. On November 18, the Blues receive the Oranje of Neeskens, Rep and Krol at the Parc des Princes. " This is the most difficult match in the history of French football, dares Thierry Roland to present the meeting. You have to achieve a feat. " Michel Platini opens the scoring on a free kick and exults on his knees, an image that has become legendary.

Platini facing Krol. (The Team)

Found by Dominique Rocheteau, Didier Six shelters France from a recovery (2-0, final score). " They threw the tulips at the nettles. Daring paid off ”, do we read in The team. Organized in a very offensive 4-3-3, with Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Bernard Genghini in the interplay, the French team has found the game identity that Michel Hidalgo wants to instill in it.

Platini's legendary goal against Bulgaria (3-1)

Absent from the World Cup for 12 years, France qualified for the 1978 edition which will take place in Argentina. The fate of the Blues rocked on the right side on November 16, 1977 against Bulgaria (3-1). Revenge, a year after a scandalous draw in Sofia (2-2) that made Thierry Roland crack (“ Mr. Foote, you're a bastard "…). In the Paris rain, Dominique Rocheteau defeats the opposing goalkeeper on a second ball after a failed header from Marius Trésor (38 '). Michel Platini widens the gap with a superb shot under the 25-meter bar (63 '). " A goal of anthology ", will even say the TV journalist Pierre Cangioni. Cvetkov reduced the score to the 85th header but Dalger avoided Michel Hidalgo's headache following an overflow from Bernard Lacombe in the 89th. In tears, Hidalgo is carried in triumph by his players.

The heartbreaker of Seville facing the FRG (3-3, 5-4 t.a.b.)

What has not been written about what many still consider to be the most memorable match in the history of the French team? An epic World Cup semi-final against the FRG, lost at the finish (3-3, 5-4 t.a.b.) but generating emotions that will have marked generations of football fans.

July 8, 1982, at the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, the French team finishes the first period tied (1-1) but attends the start of the second (57th) to the aggression of Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston, evacuated on a stretcher. In overtime, Marius Trésor (92nd) then Alain Giresse (98th) seem to send him into the final (3-1) but the entry of Rummenigge changes everything. The Bayern player reduced the mark (102nd) before Fischer equalized (3-3) with a backhand (108th). Didier Six and Maxime Bossis then missed their shot on goal.

“There is a kind of injustice. Maybe it all belongs to the gods, whispered Michel Hidalgo the night of the match. It will take a long time to digest this defeat. " He didn't think he was saying it well: almost forty years later, the scar is still there.