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Former France manager Michel Hidalgo has been reported dead after battling an unknown illness for quite a while according to a report by SunSport.

Hidalgo who died at the age of 87 managed the French national football team for eight years when he took over from former boss Stefan Kovacs in 1976.

He tutored Le Blues and helped them reached the fourth place at the World Cup in 1982 before helping France to win their European championships two years later.

Right after that, he resigned the position and allowed Henri Michel to take over and he moved to become the Technical Director, where he remained until 1986.

He became famous after helping France to win their first major trophy, Euro 1984 as hosts when they defeated Spain in the final 2 -0 and that saw him win the European manager of the year award.

Hidalgo ended his career at Marseille in 1991 and the Ligue 1 club lead the tributes online.
They wrote on Twitter: "Michel Hidalgo, with unrivalled kindness and benevolence, will leave a great void.

"Olympique de Marseille extends its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones."
Also, Stefan Lindgvist has passed on after losing an eight-year battle with a paralytic disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to The Sun, also cited by Allusa News Hub and Scottish Sun.

The 52-year-old who was a former midfielder of Swedish side IFK Gothenberg was first diagnosed with ALS in 2012. 

He played five times for the Swedish national team between 1989 to 1990 and also had a brief one-year spell with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.

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