The footballer Henri Michel, former FC Nantes player and coach of the French team, died on Tuesday at the age of 7
Henri Michel, former coach of the France team (between 1984 and 1988) and Olympic champion in 1984 in Los Angeles, died at the age of 70, announced Tuesday the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) on his Twitter account.
— UNFP (@UNFP) 24 April 2018
A monument of FC Nantes
Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1947, he spent almost all of his football career at FC Nantes (1966-1982), where he won three championships in France (1973, 1977 and 1980).
Monument. Légende. Meneur intelligent. Extraterrestre. Extraordinaire. La classe. La référence. Le boss. Un seigneur.
Quand les Légendes du FC Nantes dressent le portrait de votre Canari des #75ansFCN, Henri Michel.
— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) 22 April 2018
Passed the other side of the field in 1982, he won the 1984 European Cup with the French team, and reached the third place of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals.
“What a hard blow! “
“You tell me, what a hard blow! Hidalgo reacted to AFP. “I knew he had health problems, but not so much … He was a great friend, a great professional, a great boy from every point of view, extremely kind. The relay passage went perfectly between us.
Fragilized by the non-qualification for Euro-1988, the end of the cycle Henri Michel at the head of the Blues is recorded after a draw against Cyprus (1-1) in the playoffs of the World Cup-1990.
“In my career he had a special importance. It is he who gave me almost my nine selections in France team, told AFP the former international Sylvain Kastendeuch, now co-president of the UNFP. “When you live and know a few selections, it’s obviously very important moments in a career. He was the architect of my small presence in the French team.
Brief passage to PSG
“That’s why I have a more emotional thought, beyond all he could do for French football, be it his great career as a player and coach, with a Olympic title and places of honor with the A “, added the former FC Metz captain.
After his brief stint on the PSG bench in the early 1990s, Michel has multiplied posts abroad, mainly in Africa and the Middle East, competing in three World Cups with Cameroon (1994), Morocco (1998). ) and Côte d’Ivoire (2006).
Named in 2012 to head the selection of Kenya, his last experience on a bench lasted only a few months.