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Former Stars coach Henri Michel dies at 70

first_imgMichel, a former France football coach, led Les Bleus to the 1984 Olympic title.“Henri Michel, a colossus of French football, left us this morning,” the UNFP wrote on Twitter, adding their “sincere condolences to his family and friends”.Former Harambee Stars head coach was appointed the national football team boss in 2012. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUBorn in Aix-en-Provence, Michel played in midfield for Nantes and earned 58 international caps between 1967 and 1980. He was a three-time winner of the French league title.He took over France’s Olympic men’s squad in 1982, guiding them to the ’84 gold medal in Los Angeles where they beat Brazil in the final.Michel then took over a France team containing Michel Platini which had just won the European Championships under the management of Michel Hidalgo.“What terrible news,” Hidalgo said after being informed of Michel’s death by AFP.“I knew he’d had healthy problems but I hadn’t realised how serious they were.Michel’s last post was a stay of a few months with Kenya in 2012. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“He was a great friend, a true professional, a great guy in every respect.”Under Michel, France made it through to the 1986 World Cup semi-finals where they lost 2-0 to West Germany.Michel’s time at the helm came to an unhappy end when his team failed to qualify for Euro 1988 and then drew 1-1 with modest Cyprus in a 1990 World Cup qualifier.Following his time with France, Michel had a brief spell as coach of Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the 1990s, before managing a host of African teams, going to three further World Cups with Cameroon (1994), Morocco (1998) and Ivory Coast (2006).His last post was a stay of a few months with Kenya in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Harambee Stars head coach Henri Michel in action when coaching the national football team in 2012. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUPARIS, France, Apr 24 – Former Harambee Stars head coach Henri Michel has died at the age of 70, the French footballers’ union (UNFP) announced on Tuesday.Michel was appointed the Kenya football team head coach in August 29, 2012 but only lasted for three months after being sacked by the then Football Kenya Federation boss Sam Nyamweya.last_img read more

TRIBUTES PAID TO RETIRING GARDA WHO SERVED DONEGAL IN TRYING TIMES

first_imgVincent O’Brien pictured outside Letterkenny Courthouse – probably for the last time!Flowing tributes have been paid to retiring Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien.The tributes were made at Letterkenny Circuit Court today at the invitation of Judge John O’Hagan. Mr O’Brien, a native of Collooney in Co Sligo, served in Co Donegal for 32 years.Judge O’Hagan said he wanted to thank Mr O’Brien for the support he gave him over the years since he came to Donegal.He said he served as a Garda Superintendent when things were very difficult in Donegal for the force.“He saw that through with a lot of his colleagues when a lot of fingers being pointed at the force and he maintained the general respect that the general population in Donegal have for the force,” he said.He also said it was a difficult time for Gardai because of the deaths of two of his colleagues, Garda Robbie McCallion and Garda Gary McLoughlin.“On a personal note I want to thank him for the support he showed to me. I was like a fish out of water as I spent most of my career on the east coast.“He looked after me and I knew if I needed anything I could pick up the phone and call Vincent,” he said.Tribute were also paid by state prosecutor Patricia McLaughlin, barrister Peter Nolan and solicitor Frank Dorrian.Mr O’Brien thanked everyone for their kind words and said he particularly enjoyed his times prosecuting in the district courts.He thanked his colleagues on the force, in the legal profession, the courts service and the media.“I may have retired from An Garda Siochana but I have not retired from life,” he said.TRIBUTES PAID TO RETIRING GARDA WHO SERVED DONEGAL IN TRYING TIMES was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaJUdge John O’HaganSUPERINTENDENT VINCENT O’BRIENlast_img read more