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"It is a game before a product, a sport before a market, a show before a business."

That is the gospel according to the new Uefa president and one of the finest players the beautiful game has ever seen - Michel Francois Platini.

On Friday, Platini won election to just about the only job in football he hadn't yet had - that of leader of the second most powerful organisation in the sport.

French footballer extraordinaire, coach of the national team, head of the organising committee for the 1998 World Cup in France and now Uefa president.

At just 51, Platini has enjoyed a remarkable ride in the game he graced with such elegance and class.

As a player, Platini combined the playmaking majesty of a true number 10 with the ruthless goalscoring efficiency of a born striker. He was a rarity in that he enjoyed creating goals every bit as much as scoring them.

He touched heights few have before or since in both club and international football - playing for Italian greats Juventus and an inspirational French national side which was involved in some of the defining matches of the 1980s.

Winning titles and cups and finishing as Capocannonieri - top scorer - in Serie A three times in a row meant Platini stood head and shoulders above almost all his contemporaries, bar Diego Maradona.

He even won the European Footballer of the Year award three years in a row, a remarkable feat not achieved before or since.

But as well as all the success, Platini's years at Juventus were tinged with great sadness, as his spell coincided with the Heysel disaster at the European Cup final against Liverpool in 1985, when 39 fans died after a wall collapsed.

Platini struck the winner from the penalty spot in the 1-0 win and was criticised for his excessive celebrations, though he later said the players had not been told during the game of the exact seriousness of the tragedy.

Platini was born in Joeuf, France, on 21 June 1955, the son of Aldo, an immigrant stonemason from Piedmont in Italy.

Two early trials with Metz went horribly wrong - at the second, a breathing test on a spirometer caused Platini to faint and his chance of being handed a contract disappeared.

But he remained convinced he could carve out a career in the game and joined Nancy in 1972, quickly bagging a hat-trick in a reserve game and getting himself into first-team contention.

Nancy were relegated in 1974 after Platini suffered a double fracture of his left arm, but he led them to promotion the year after, netting 17 goals in the process and gaining a reputation as a dead-ball specialist.

He won the French Cup in 1978 and left for St Etienne in 1979, where he scooped his first league title in 1981 before leaving to become a legend at Juventus a year later.

However, it was in the colours of Les Bleus that Platini indelibly left his mark as a giant of the sport.

At the 1982 World Cup, captain Platini led the French side to the semi-finals where they lost 5-4 on penalties after an epic 3-3 draw with West Germany, a match he himself describes as "the greatest memory of my career".

Two years on, he skippered the side to its first ever trophy, winning the European Championship on home soil, scoring as they beat Spain 2-0 in the final.

Platini scored nine goals in five games overall, including two perfect hat-tricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia - one goal with his right foot, one with his left and a header, too.

In 1986, Platini and his team were strong favourites to win the World Cup.

Their quarter-final with Brazil will go down in football folklore as one of the finest games ever seen, between two teams desperate to put on an exhibition of all that is great about the sport.

An exhilarating end-to-end contest finished 1-1, with Zico having a second-half spot-kick saved, before France progressed on penalties, though an exhausted Platini missed his.

Into the last four, they once again came up against West Germany. But France could not gain revenge for four years previously and Platini played only one more time for his country.

It was not long before he was back with Les Blues, though, becoming coach of the national side in 1988, aged just 33.

Failure to qualify for the 1990 World Cup and a first-round exit at Euro 1992 led Platini to step down, to concentrate on his role as vice-chairman of the organising committee for the 1998 World Cup in France.

After overseeing a successful tournament, Platini's focus shifted to the politics of football and for the next four years he learned at the feet of Fifa president Sepp Blatter as one of his personal advisers.

He became a member of Uefa and Fifa's executive committees in 2002 and also joined the Uefa technical committee, deciding in June 2006 that he would challenge Lennart Johansson to become the president of Uefa.

It seems the time he spent with Blatter was a shrewd move by Platini and one that paid off handsomely, as Blatter categorically supported his campaign to oust the Swede after his 17-year reign.

Platini has promised to limit the number of Champions League places to three per country, rather than the current four, a move which seems certain to become unpopular in England, Spain, Italy and Germany.

He also stands side-by-side with Blatter in wanting to concentrate on the more social side of football rather than financial.

Michel Platini's biggest challenge may have only just begun.


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The biggest talking point of Platinis rise to power ha been his European Champions league aim. He wants to add more clubs from different clountries and limit the Champions league places to three per country.

I can understand adding more clubs from different countries to the league but it is ridicules to try to limit the biggest, most powerfulo leagues in the world to only a hand full of clubs.

As Sam Alladice said it would just make the gap between the big teams and everyone else bigger.

I dont think it is a good idea for Uefa to try and pull their power with clubs such as Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma.

If Uefa chose to enofrce these Platini favoured rules and these mentioned clubs didn't like them all it would take would be for the afore mentioned clubs to boycot the European Cups for one season and Uefa would come begging for them to return with whatever stipulations they want.

And anyway, in my opinion anyone endorced by the idiot that is Sepp Blatter is the wrong choice for the job.


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I think it's a good appointment and I think it's not before time that somebody at UEFA decided to get on the side of the smaller football nations. I have said many times and I think I even started thread that UEFA are to quick to punish the small clubs and to scared to punish the major clubs Feynoord are the latest example if this was Man Utd fans causing trouble would UEFA disqualify Man Utd? woud they hell.
I also agree with Paltini on the 3 per country champions league rule why even call it the cahmpions league when we have runners up and third and fourth place teams in the tournament it makes a mockery of the whole thing at most first and second place teams should be in, it's the same with the UEFA cup and third place teams in Campions league dropping down to the UEFA cup.
For to long Big nations have been allowed to do as they please by UEFA and this G14 has been acting like a bully for to long and if Platini can get in there and let UEFA run the game as opposed to Barcelona and Chelsea that has to be a good thing for fans and samller nations.


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Realistically speakin Platini and the Uefa cannot pull any weight with the major clubs because they are crucial for the European cups success so the big club dictate what happens.

I belive that in countries like Scotland and Wales three clubs in the Champions league would be great for the national league because it would allow the smaller clubs to gain money and progress in the league and challenge for the title on a regular basis and make the national league more interesting.

However in countries like England where we are dominated by the big four of Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool every year to limit the european spaces would make the gap between the big four and everyone else almost insurmountable.

You cannot lump together every county with one set of rules, each country runs its leagues differently and each country has its different big clubs. It would always cause problems if everything was run without taking concideration of the differences in footballing nations.


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SFA chief executive David Taylor will be named Platinis right hand man within days.

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You know it may seem like I am constantly bashing UEFA but thier lateste descion takes the biscuit they have gone above the Italian FA, the Italian government and practically spat in the face of the lady who lost her husband.
The Italian governemnt has banned football in Italy until certaing grounds can make security changes to thier stadia they Italain FA grudgingly accepted the descion. The San Siro was the stadium that caused the most probl;ms and AC and Inter boths claimed it would take up to 7 months tom complete the work so in effect the stadium should be closed to all fans until further notice up step UEFA and eclare that they want all Italian stadiums that hold European games ( including the san siro) to host those games. This in turn could elad to an appeal of the Italian governemtn descion to UEFA and lo and behold all stadiums are open again.

Guess it does not matter really 1 game ban thats about the price of a human liofe and I suppose the poor ultras have suffred enough and of course when they kill another foreign fan the Italians will pay lip service to the murder and of course UEFA have ther thousands of Euros they make from the game so everyones a winner then.


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