April 24, 2018 / 1:44 PM / 6 months ago

Former France manager Henri Michel dies aged 70

(Reuters) - Former France manager Henri Michel, who guided the national team to an Olympic gold medal and third place in the World Cup, has died at the age of 70, the French Football Federation announced on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Henri Michel, coach of Ivory Coast's national soccer team, waits for the beginning of the friendly match against Chile in Vittel, eastern France May 30, 2006. REUTERS/Jean-Marc Loos/File Photo

Michel managed the team that won gold at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Under him, France made the semi-finals of the World Cup in Mexico two years later where they lost 2-0 to West Germany before beating Belgium 4-2 to seal third place.

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As a player, Michel made over 500 appearances for French side Nantes and won three league titles in a 16-year career with them. He was also capped 58 times by the national team between 1967-80 and scored four goals.

Michel was in charge of three more teams that played in the World Cup, managing Cameroon (1994), Morocco (1998) and Ivory Coast (2006).

His last assignment was with Kenya in 2012.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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