"Hidalgo has given an identity to the French Team"

A member of the French Team between 1974 and 1986, Alain Giresse was one of the key players in the selection of Michel Hidalgo (1976-84). He was even one of the main relays in the field. Today, and with the announcement of the disappearance of the former coach, "Gigi" is undoubtedly one of the most pained people.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Giresse had enormous esteem for Hidalgo, as well for the technician than for the man. Goal saw this last August when asked about the victorious epic of the Blues at Euro 1984. For him, all the merit of this coronation – the first story of the French Team, returns to his mentor. Because it is thanks to him that this selection has been able to progress year after year and reach hitherto unexplored heights. "Data-reactid =" 20 "> Giresse had enormous esteem for Hidalgo, both for the technician and for the man. Goal saw this last August when asked about the victorious epic of the Blues at Euro 1984. For him, all the merit of this coronation – the first story of the French Team, returns to his mentor. Because it is thanks to him that this selection has been able to progress year after year and reach hitherto unexplored heights.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = ""Where it was beautiful is that when he took the selection in 1976, he gave it an identity, told us Giresse. He left his mark and set up this game that was ours. Based on the possession, the construction of the actions, the creation which suited us well. And I was at the heart of that as a midfielder. He insisted on that. On the fact that football was also the intelligence of the game, the technicality. It was not easy to ask that at the beginning. He did it, by having creators play together. To him it seemed completely normal at the time, but for many it was too risky. He did it. ""data-reactid =" 22 ">"Where it was beautiful is that when he took the selection in 1976, he gave it an identity, told us Giresse. He left his mark and set up this game that was ours. Based on the possession, the construction of the actions, the creation which suited us well. And I was at the heart of that as a midfielder. He insisted on that. On the fact that football was also the intelligence of the game, the technicality. It was not easy to ask that at the beginning. He did it, by having creators play together. To him it seemed completely normal at the time, but for many it was too risky. He did it. "

"With him, we have never been restrained in the way we play"

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "In football, it is often a question of doing a choice between playing well and getting results. For Hidalgo, this equation did not exist because the two were compatible. “It allowed us to win by having fun. Because we have never been restrained in the way we play with him. Everyone could express themselves with the qualities they had. We have never been bothered by any system. No player at the time could say that the system was bothering him. There was a game plan, an organization of course, but besides that there was freedom of expression, through the intelligence of the game and its application. And he was the master of all that. ""data-reactid =" 24 "> In football, there is often a question of choosing between playing well and getting results. For Hidalgo, this equation did not exist because the two were compatible. “It allowed us to win by having fun. Because we have never been restrained in the way we play with him. Everyone could express themselves with the qualities they had. We have never been bothered by any system. No player at the time could say that the system was bothering him. There was a game plan, an organization of course, but besides that there was freedom of expression, through the intelligence of the game and its application. And he was the master of all that. "

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "“Sometimes we made oppositions between playing well and winning. And he demonstrated that we could do both. Even today we have this debate. The proof was that we were world champions without always having mastery of the game, we were efficient and we knew how to be opportunists. This is not a criticism, but an observation. Because the team was made like that. We, we were based on other options, with players who were in another register to be able to win. And it's all to his credit, " continued the ex-coach from Tunisia. "data-reactid =" 26 ">“Sometimes we made oppositions between playing well and winning. And he demonstrated that we could do both. Even today we have this debate. The proof was that we were world champions without always having mastery of the game, we were efficient and we knew how to be opportunists. This is not a criticism, but an observation. Because the team was made like that. We, we were based on other options, with players who were in another register to be able to win. And it's all to his credit, " continued the ex-coach from Tunisia.

"Humanly, he was someone of great value"

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Hidalgo was a quality trainer, but also a remarkable person and loved by all. “With him, there was a total osmosis. Because not only was he a brilliant technician, but on a human level he was someone of great value. And there is not a player of this generation who did not care about the situation in which he was. He has brought us a lot. ""data-reactid =" 28 "> Hidalgo was a quality trainer, but also a remarkable person and loved by all. Giresse: “With him, there was a total osmosis. Because not only was he a brilliant technician, but on a human level he was someone of great value. And there is not a player of this generation who did not care about the situation in which he was. He has brought us a lot. "