Born near the Belgian border and raised in Normandy, Hidalgo won his first title ( Normandy master of juniors with the U.S. Normande from Colombelles ) in 1952. The striker moved immediately to the traditional club Le Havre AC and 1954 at the time the strongest team of the country, Stade de Reims. With Reims he was, inter alia, also in the first ever final of the European Champions' Cup against Real Madrid ( 1956), in which he scored the goal for the temporary 3-2 lead. From 1957 to 1966 he played for AS Monaco, then still as player-coach at RC Menton. Moreover, it was Michel Hidalgo 1964-1969 President of the French players' union UNFP.
Hidalgo in 1962 denied one match for France (1:2 in Italy).
After his football teacher training, he worked on the coaching staff of AS Monaco, trained briefly RC Menton and was Stefan Kovacs ' assistant coach for the French national team. In March 1976 he released Kovacs as head coach of Équipe Tricolore and brought these after twelve years of absence in 1978 for the first time at a World Cup finals. In the following years he made around the three midfielder Michel Platini, Jean Tigana and Alain Giresse each a " magic square ", to 1982, with Bernard Genghini, then with Luis Fernández; with these formations reached Michel Hidalgo at the 1982 World Cup semi-final and won at the 1984 European Championship title. In 1982 he was elected Coach of the Year. Shortly after this peak of his career Hidalgo resigned in June 1984 as a coach.
In 2004 he again coached a national team, namely the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Even as a club coach in Monaco, he had also taken on additional tasks in the French football federation FFF, was initially Game Committee Chairman for the Southeast Region, from 1982 to 1986 national technical director. It was followed by five years of success as a manager and right hand of Bernard Tapie at Olympique Marseille ( 1986-1991 ).
As a player
- French soccer champion: 1955 ( with Reims ), 1961 and 1963 ( with Monaco)
- French Cup winner: 1960 and 1963 ( with Monaco)
- 369 missions and 62 goals in the D1 ( 47/13 for Le Havre, 66/23 for Reims, 256/26 for Monaco)
- European champion teams: 1984
- French Coach of the Year: 1982
As a manager
- French Champion: 1989, 1990, 1991 ( with Marseille)
- French Cup Winners: 1989 ( with Marseille)
Today, Michel Hidalgo is still as expert Mitkommentator at a football broadcast on Télé Monte Carlo active.