Michel HIDALGO

MICHEL HIDALGO, founder and president

Photo Michel HidalgoMichel Hidalgo is a living football legend in France. Beyond his brilliant career as a player at Stade de Reims and AS Monaco, his best achievement has been, without a doubt, to be the first coach who led France to an international title, and that was in the 1984 European Championships.

He managed to gather the three best French players at the time in the same team, Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana, along with Dominique Rocheteau, Maxime Bossis …thanks to this, the French team won a first and historic trophy !

He always thought that, before anything, football is and must remain a game. To play football properly, Michel is convinced that everyone has to enjoy playing, individually and as a team, and naturally give the best at all times.

The story of Michel Hidalgo, first a worker in steel industry before becoming a football player, is the living proof that all obstacles and barriers can be overcome, since will and determination is the basis of success.

Now at the age of 80 and retired from professional activity, he is the president of an exciting project through his academy : detect new and promising football talents and give them a chance.

Photo academiciens at stadiumThe Michel Hidalgo International Academy is offering you the chance he would have loved to be offered when he was a kid and enjoyed to kick the ball.
The Academy is offering you this possibility : learn, train and play against the best players, learn from them, and maybe one day get your own place among the best.

To achieve this dream, you will need a lot of work, commitment, and sacrifices !

Our academy gives you the opportunity to work hard, to train with performing and effective teams, and to give the best of you, without forgetting to enjoy life !

Michel Hidalgo is the president of the International Football Academy located in Cannes, that he opened in 2006 for young players living abroad to join a professional structure in France.

More generally speaking, Michel Hidalgo is a living legend in France and in the football world. His brilliant career as a player started at Stade de Reims, then at AS Monaco.

Michel et joueursHis best achievement was, without a doubt, being the first coach who won an international title with the French Football national team, and that was in the 1984 European Championships. He managed to gather the three best French players at the time in the same team, Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana, along with Dominique Rocheteau, Maxime Bossis …Thanks to the harmonous and complementary gathering of the best players in the same team, the French team won a first and historic trophy ! His leitmotiv is always to remind that football is and must remain a game.

When Michel Hidalgo decided to open his international football academy, it was to implement his 2 main beliefs, that every player has to enjoy playing, individually and as a team, and every player must give its best at all times. People remember that Michel Hidalgo first was a worker in the steel industry before becoming a football player. As such he is the living proof that all obstacles and barriers can be overcome, since will and determination are the basis of success.

Now at the age of 80 and retired from professional activity, he is the president of his academy. His goal is to detect new and promising football talents and give them a chance.