Michel Hidalgo, former France and Monaco manager, dies at age of 87

Michel Hidalgo, former France and Monaco manager, dies at age of 87

- Michel Hidalgo who helped France to win their first major title is dead

- The former Monaco star died at the age of 87

- Reports say the late tactician had been battling a disease

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.

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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 Lindqvist 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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Legit.ng earlier reported that English side Charlton Athletic have announced the tragic death of former women's player, Lucy Kerr.

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Kerr is understood to have died after she lost her battle with cancer, with the club passing on their condolences to the family.

Efforts to put her through treatment in London proved futile, but the youngster lost the battle.

The promising footballer joined Charlton Athletic during the 2013/14 season, as she grew through the ranks to make her senior debut with the club's development team.

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