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Michel Platini

Michel Platini (left) with Lionel Jospin in 1997
Personal information
Full name Michel François Platini
Date of birth June 21, 1955 (1955-06-21) (age 52)
Place of birth    Jœuf, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
1966-1972
AS Joeuf
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1972-1979
1979-1982
1982-1987
AS Nancy
Saint-Étienne
Juventus
Career
175 (98)
107 (58)
147 (78)
429 (224)   
National team
1976-1987 France 72 (41)
Teams managed
1988-1992 France

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
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Platini was part of the French national team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was the best player and top goalscorer. He participated in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two. Platini, Alain Giresse, Luis Fernández and Jean Tigana together made up the "carré magique" (French for "magic square"), the group of players that formed the heart of the French national team throughout the 1980s. First international Belgium 3 - 3 France (Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904) Biggest win France 10 - 0 Azerbaijan (Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995) Biggest defeat Denmark 17 - 1 France (London, England; 22 October 1908) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1930) Best result Winners, 1998 European Championship Appearances 6 (First in... The 1984 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 84) final tournament was held in France. ... The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the World Cup, was held in Argentina between June 1 and June 25. ... Qualifying countries The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th staging of the World Cup, was held in Spain from June 13 to July 11. ... Qualifying countries The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... For the club competition, see FIFA Club World Cup. ... Alain Giresse (born August 2, 1952) was a French professional football (soccer) player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jean Tigana (b. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Platini was named Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour on April 29, 1985 and became Officier (Officer) in 1988. He was the French national team coach for four years, and was the co-organizer of the 1998 World Cup in France. He has also been the chairman of the FIFA Technical and Development Committee, and vice-president of the French Football Federation. Chiang Kai-sheks Légion dhonneur. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Qualifying countries The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup, was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled in 1938. ... This article is about an international football organization. ... The French Football Federation (FFF) (French: Fédération Française de Football) is the governing body of football in France. ...

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The beginnings of Platini's football career

Michel is the son of Aldo Platini, a former professional football player and coach of Italian descent. Aldo Platini allowed his son room to develop his skills. The young Platini honed his ability to dribble the ball in the streets. In this respect he was different to the players developing their skills in the training academies then emerging in France. He joined his local club AS Jœuf on September 10, 1966. From his father Platini learnt early on the fundamental importance of anticipating play and knowing whom to pass to before receiving possession of the ball. In sports such as football (soccer), basketball, bandy and water polo, dribbling refers to the maneuvering of a ball around a defender through short skillful taps or kicks with either the legs (football/soccer), hands (basketball), stick (bandy) or swimming strokes (water polo). ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Platini performed poorly in the final of the 1969 young footballers' competition, but at 16 years of age he attracted attention in a Coupe Gambardella tournament match with an impressive display for Jœuf juniors against a Metz junior side. Platini was called up for a trial with Metz, but missed out on the opportunity due to injury, and was not immediately invited back after the Metz coach moved to another club. He returned to regional league football with Jœuf. Another trial at Metz went horribly wrong when a breathing test on a spirometer caused Platini to faint. The doctor's verdict on Platini's breathing difficulties and weak heart ended any hopes Platini had of playing for his boyhood favourites. He joined the Nancy reserve side in September 1972, and became friends with team goalkeeper Jean-Michel Moutier. Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The Gambardella cup is a French soccer tournament held between the under-18s of the French soccer clubs, organised by the French Football Federation (FFF). ... Football Club de Metz is a French football team, playing in the town of Metz, in the Lorraine region, which has played in the French Ligue 1 for most of its history. ... A spirometer is an apparatus for measuring the volume of air inspired and expired by the lungs. ... AS Nancy-Lorraine is a French football club, based in Nancy. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Platini's club career

Platini at Nancy (1972-1979)

Platini was quick to make a big impression at his new club, scoring a hat-trick in a reserve team match against Wittelsheim. Further outstanding displays put him in contention for a place in the Nancy first team. His introduction to the first-team squad was inauspicious. On the substitutes' bench for a match against Valenciennes, Platini was spat on and hit by various objects thrown from the crowd when a fight broke out in the stands. Playing for the reserves a few days later, a hefty challenge from an opponent left Platini with a bad ankle injury. His season would finish on a more positive note, and he would go on to make his league debut against Nîmes on May 3, 1973. In sports, a hat-trick (more often rendered in North America as hat trick, without the hyphen) is associated with achieving something in a group of three. ... The Valenciennes Football Club (known as Valenciennes FC or as USVA, the acronym of a previous name) is a French football club (team) founded in 1915. ... Nîmes Olympique are a football (soccer) team based in Nîmes, France, founded on 10 April 1937. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


In March 1974, he suffered a setback when he sustained a double fracture of his left arm in a match at Nice. Platini missed the remainder of the season as a result, unable to assist Nancy in an unsuccessful bid to avoid relegation from Ligue 1. The following season saw Nancy win promotion back to the French first division with ease. Platini became the team's most important player, scoring 17 goals, a number of which were scored from free-kicks, as was becoming Platini's speciality. Saint-Étienne, the then reigning French league champions, were knocked out of the French Cup with two goals from Platini free-kicks. Platini practised his free-kicks with the help of his friend, goalkeeper Moutier, and using a row of dummies to form a defensive wall of sorts. March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Coordinates Administration Country Region Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Department Alpes-Maritimes (06) Intercommunality Community of Agglomeration Nice Côte dAzur Mayor Jacques Peyrat (UMP) (since 1995) Statistics Land area¹ 71. ... Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire, (ASSE or A.S. Saint-Étienne) are a French football team founded in 1920. ... ... A wooden mannequin For other uses, see Mannequin (disambiguation). ...


With Nancy back in Ligue 1, Platini's military service reduced his availability for matches, but he continued to make himself available to play when possible. In a match away to Laval, Platini, angered by the taunts of the home supporters, scored a hat-trick, but unluckily sustained another injury. Press reports claimed that Platini's season was over and that he would require a knee operation, but neither claim proved to be correct. Instead, Platini returned to first-team football two weeks later for Nancy's French Cup semi-final against Marseille at the Parc des Princes. Platini headed the only Nancy goal in their 4-1 loss and was forced to leave the field injured. Stade Lavallois Mayenne Football Club, or Stade Lavallois, is a French football club, founded on July 17, 1902, just relegated from Ligue 2, the second highest tier in French football, who will play the 2006-7 season in the Championnat National. ... Olympique de Marseille (also known as lOM or Marseille) is a football team that plays in Ligue 1, the top level of the French Football League, based in Marseille. ... The Parc des Princes (translation: Princes Park) is a 48527 capacity stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. ...


Following his participation in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Platini signed a two-year contract with Nancy, his first professional contract.


Before travelling to Argentina for the World Cup, Platini won the first major trophy of his playing career, captaining Nancy to victory in the 1978 French Cup final against Nice and scoring the only goal of the game. President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing presented him with the trophy. However, with the World Cup scheduled to start two weeks after the cup final, there was little time left for preparation. OGC Nice, full name Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice-Côte dAzur, is a French football club based in Nice. ... This article is about the political and administrative structures of the French government. ... Valéry Marie René Giscard dEstaing (born 2 February 1926) is a French centre-right politician who was President of the French Republic from 1974 until 1981. ...


Although Platini was not disgraced by his performances at his first World Cup, fans held him responsible for the French team's failure to progress in the tournament, and in the season that followed he was a target of jeering crowds. The situation came to a head in a match away to Saint-Étienne. Spurred on by booing fans, Platini competed for every ball, and he picked up a bad ankle injury in a tackle. As a result, he was ruled out of Nancy's Cup Winners' Cup campaign. His contract with the club expired in June 1979, and Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Saint-Étienne emerged as the clubs most likely to sign him, although the Nancy club president had been unwilling to let Platini leave the club. Having set his mind on a transfer to Saint-Étienne, he signed a three-year contract with les Verts. The UEFA Cup Winners Cup (also known as the European Cup Winners Cup) was a football club competition contested annually by the most recent winners of all European domestic cup competitions. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, Inter or Inter Milan,[1] is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy and was originally founded in 1908. ... This article is about the football (soccer) club. ...


In spite of his injuries and the boos that would greet him, Platini maintained his pranksterish sense of humour. On away trips, he would set off firecrackers in public places and then pretend to be dead, inevitably drawing a crowd. While in Argentina for the World Cup, he would squeeze tubes of toothpaste into his team-mates' beds.


Platini at Saint-Étienne (1979-1982)

Platini's three years at Saint-Étienne were a mixed success. The club had signed him with a view to success in the European Cup, but despite some excellent results (including a 6-0 win over PSV Eindhoven in the 1979-80 UEFA Cup and a 5-0 win at Hamburg in the UEFA Cup the following season), the club were unable to surpass the feats of the Saint-Étienne side that had reached the final of the 1976 European Cup. The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... “PSV” redirects here. ... The UEFA Cup 1979-80 was won by Eintracht Frankfurt on away goals over Borussia Monchengladbach. ... Hamburger SV is a German football club based in Hamburg. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... The UEFA Cup 1980-81 was won by Ipswich Town on aggregate over AZ Alkmaar. ... The season 1975-76 of the European Cup football club tournament was won by for the third consecutive time by Bayern Munich in the final against AS Saint-Étienne. ...


Platini won a French league title in 1981, but was on a losing Saint-Étienne side in two French Cup finals, against Bastia in 1981 and against Paris Saint-Germain in 1982, in what was his last match for the club before joining Juventus. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Championnat de France Amateurs Group B side, see CA Bastia. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


Platini at Juventus (1982-1987)

At Juventus, in a team featuring numerous members of Italy's victorious World Cup squad, Platini had a difficult introduction to Italian football. He was a target in the demanding Italian sports media, and even came close to leaving Italy in the winter of his first season. Platini and team-mate Zbigniew Boniek successfully called for a change in tactics, and in the second half of the season Juventus saw an upturn in their fortunes. They reached the European Cup final, losing to Hamburg, and won the Italian Cup, the first of many club honours to follow for Platini in the coming seasons. He won the Italian championship with Juventus in 1984 and 1986, the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, the 1984 European Super Cup, the European Cup in 1985, and the 1985 World Club Championship. He finished top scorer in Serie A for three consecutive seasons (1982-83, 1983-84 and 1984-85), and won a hat-trick of European Footballer of the Year awards (1983 through 1985). Platini was also voted Player of the Year by World Soccer magazine in 1984 and 1985. Below are the rosters for the 1982 FIFA World Cup tournament in Spain. ... Zbigniew Boniek (IPA: ) (born March 3, 1956 in Bydgoszcz) is a famous Polish football player. ... The season 1982-83 of the European Cup football club tournament was won by for the first time by Hamburger SV in the final against Juventus. ... The Coppa Italia Trophy - Coppa in Italian meaning Cup representing the Tournaments title. ... This article is about the Italian football league. ... The 1983/1984 Serie A season was won by Juventus F.C. It was a tight championship, won only on the last day of the season from A.S. Roma. ... [edit] Final Classification Italian Football Championship seasons Serie A seasons  Â·Â·  Football in Italy Categories: | | ... The season 1983-84 of the European Cup Winners Cup was won by Juventus F.C. in a final against FC Porto. ... The European Super Cup (UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup(formally UEFA Cup Winners Cup) and the Champions League. ... The season 1984-85 of the European Cup football club tournament was won for the first time by Juventus in a close final against Liverpool FC. However, the result was left meaningless after the deaths of 39 spectators in the Heysel Stadium disaster, and this led to the banning of... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980... Since 1982, the magazine World Soccer has its readers select winners for awards in three categories: Player of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Team of the Year. ... World Soccer is an English language football magazine published by IPC Media. ...


The 1985 European Cup final against Liverpool at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels should have been the crowning moment of Platini's Juventus career. The stadium was not fit to stage a match of such importance, and before the teams had kicked off, a wall collapsed under the weight of Juventus fans rushing to avoid a group of Liverpool fans who had made their way into section Z of the ground. 39 people died, and 600 more were injured. It was decided to proceed with the match in order to avoid inciting any further trouble, and after both captains had appealed for calm, the match began just under an hour and a half beyond schedule, with riot police still engaged in a pitched battle with Juventus fans enraged by the lack of organization that had led to the bloodshed in the stadium. (See Heysel Stadium disaster.) Platini scored the only goal of the match from a penalty kick awarded for a foul on Zbigniew Boniek that had taken place outside the penalty box. In the days following the final, Platini was criticised in some quarters for his lack of restraint in celebrating Juventus' win. In his own defence, Platini maintained that like every other player on the field, he had not been made fully aware of the scale of the disaster. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... The Heysel Stadium was a sports ground in north-west Brussels, Belgium. ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred due to football hooliganism in which a retaining wall of the Heysel Stadium in Brussels collapsed on May 29, 1985 during a football match between Liverpool F.C. from England and Juventus F.C. from Italy. ...


Following the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Platini spent another season at Juventus before retiring from football in June 1987. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Platini's international career

Having first attracted the attention of national team selectors in the Coupe Gambardella tournament, Platini was selected for the French junior team, but injuries prevented him from playing. He made his first appearance for a French national selection playing for the French amateur side on September 26, 1973. The Gambardella cup is a French soccer tournament held between the under-18s of the French soccer clubs, organised by the French Football Federation (FFF). ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


Platini began his military service in summer 1975. He was assigned to the Joinville battalion, as were all talented French sportspeople fulfilling their military obligations. His colleagues in the battalion included his Nancy team-mates Olivier Rouyer and Jean-Michel Moutier, as well as Maxime Bossis, soon to become a regular in the French national team along with Platini. Platini would turn out for the French military team, in addition to representing the French under-23s and the French Olympic team. He impressed in the Olympic team's 4-0 win over Romania in Brest, a result made even more impressive by the fact that Romania had fielded a full international side for the Olympic qualifier. Platini's performance made him a star in France. The away leg of the qualifying tie was a mere formality, France coming away with a 1-1 draw. Three days after the draw in Bucharest, Platini received his first call-up to the A national team for what was coach Michel Hidalgo's first game in charge, a friendly against Czechoslovakia in Paris (March 27, 1976, 2-2), and scored his first international goal on one of his trademark free kicks. Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Maxime Bossis is a former French football player. ... First International U23: France 0-0 Norway Alès, November 11, 1970 U21: France 1-1 Belgium Amiens, September 3, 1976 Largest win France 7-0 Yugoslavia Reims, November 16, 1985 Worst defeat England 6-1 France Sheffield, February 28, 1984 Records for competitive matches only. ... Brest is a city in Brittany, or the Bretagne région, north-west France, sous-préfecture of the Finistère département. ... Nickname: Motto: Patria si Dreptul Meu (My Country and My Right) Location of Bucharest within Romania (in red) Coordinates: , Country County Founded 1459 (first official mentioned) Government  - Mayor Adriean Videanu Area  - City 228 km²  (88 sq mi)  - Metro 238 km² (91. ... Michel Hidalgo (born March 22, 1933 in Leffrinckoucke in Nord, France was a French football player and manager of France. ... The Parc des Princes (translation: Princes Park) is a 48527 capacity stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. ...


Platini was a member of the French football team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Their tournament began on July 19 with an easy 4-0 win over Mexico. They registered another 4-0 win in their next match against Guatemala, with two goals from Platini. The French team completed the group stage with a draw against Israel, Platini scoring from a penalty. France progressed to the quarter-final stage, where they would face a full-strength East German national team. Hindered by some dubious refereeing,[citation needed] France lost 4-0 and finished the match with nine men. The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... First international Poland 3 - 0 East Germany (Warsaw, Poland; 21 September 1952) Last International Belgium 0 - 2 East Germany (Brussels, Belgium; 12 September 1990) Biggest win Ceylon 1 - 12 East Germany (Colombo, Ceylon; 12 January 1964) Biggest defeat 0 - 3, 12 times; 1 - 4, three times World Cup Appearances 1...


With a 3-1 win over Bulgaria at the Parc des Princes on November 16, 1977, a match in which Platini excelled in the role of playmaker and scored on a splendid 25-metre shot, France secured qualification for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina for their first appearance in the finals since 1966. In the month following the decisive qualifying match, Platini finished third in the voting for the 1977 European Footballer of the Year. The Parc des Princes (translation: Princes Park) is a 48527 capacity stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the World Cup, was held in Argentina between June 1 and June 25. ... Qualifying countries The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from July 11 to July 30. ... The Ballon dOr trophy, as awarded to Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. ...


Among the international friendlies France played in preparation for the World Cup, their match against Italy in Naples on February 8, 1978 (2-2) was particularly significant for Platini. With a number of scouts from Italian clubs in attendance, he was in excellent form. He beat Italian goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff from two direct free-kicks, the first being ruled out because the referee had not blown his whistle. The re-taken free-kick was blocked by the defensive wall, but minutes later Platini had the ball in the Italian net from another free-kick. Zoff attempted to anticipate the flight of the ball by positioning himself on the left side of the goal, only for Platini to find the unguarded area of the net with his free-kick, leaving Zoff rooted to the spot. Platini's duels with Zoff and his performance in a match that was broadcast on Italian television made him a name in Italy. A number of clubs both in France (Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Étienne) and across Europe (Juventus, Inter Milan, Napoli, Barcelona, Valencia, and Arsenal, to name a few) began the clamour for his services. For other uses, see Naples (disambiguation). ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Dino Zoff after the victory of Italy at the 1982 World Cup. ... Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as simply Napoli or the abbreviation SSC Napoli, is an Italian professional football club based in Naples, Campania that was originally founded in 1904. ... Futbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barça (IPA: baɾ.sÉ™), is a sports club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Valencia Club de Fútbol (also known as Valencia CF or Valencia) are a Spanish professional football club based in Valencia. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ...


In retrospect, this match may have been a Pyrrhic victory because Platini's brilliance drew the attention of Italy coach Enzo Bearzot, who devised a successful plan to contain him in a match-up that really mattered—the first round of the 1978 World Cup four months later. Platini was kept in check by Marco Tardelli's implacable marking and Italy won 2-1. Drawn in a difficult group with Italy as well as hosts (and eventual winners) Argentina, France did not survive the first round. A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with devastating cost to the victor. ... Enzo Bearzot (born 26 September 1927 in Aiello del Friuli) is a former Italian football player and manager. ... The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the World Cup, was held in Argentina between June 1 and June 25. ... Marco Tardelli, (born September 24, 1954) is a former football (soccer) player from Italy, and currently chairman of Juventus F.C.. He played defensive midfielder with Juventus and the Italian national team. ...


Platini was nonetheless made captain of the French national side after the World Cup and made the number 10 jersey his own. One of his trademark free-kicks helped France defeat Holland 2-0 in Paris (November 18, 1981) in a crucial qualifying match for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. First international Belgium 1 - 4 Netherlands (Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905) Biggest win Netherlands 9 - 0 Finland (Solna, Sweden; 4 July 1912) Netherlands 9 - 0 Norway (Rotterdam, Netherlands; 1 November 1972) Biggest defeat England Amateur 12 - 2 Netherlands (Darlington, England; 21 December 1907) World Cup Appearances 8 (First in 1934... The Parc des Princes (translation: Princes Park) is a 48527 capacity stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. ... Qualifying countries The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th staging of the World Cup, was held in Spain from June 13 to July 11. ...


France unexpectedly reached the semifinals of the 1982 World Cup where they met West Germany in Seville for what proved to be one of the great matches of World Cup history. With both sides level at 3-3 after extra time had been played (Platini having scored France's first goal of the game from a penalty) the match went to a penalty shoot-out which West Germany won 5-4. Interestingly, Platini would consider this match the greatest memory of his career. For other uses, see Seville (disambiguation). ...

Platini holding the 1984 European Championship trophy

In 1984, Platini captained France to success in the European Championship on home soil. His individual impact on the tournament was huge with nine of France's 14 goals in just five games. He scored the winner in France's opening match against Denmark, and scored two "perfect" hat-tricks (one header and one goal with each foot) against Belgium and Yugoslavia, as France topped their first-round group with three wins out of three. In the dramatic semi-final in Marseille against Portugal, Platini scored the final goal of the match for a memorable 3-2 win in the last minute of extra time. In the final against Spain, he opened the scoreboard on his only free-kick goal of the tournament, helped by a monumental blunder from Spain goalkeeper Luis Arconada. A second goal from Bruno Bellone in injury time at the end of the match secured France's first major title in international football. Image File history File links Platiniec. ... Image File history File links Platiniec. ... The 1984 European Football Championship (Euro 84) final tournament was held in France. ... The 1984 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 84) final tournament was held in France. ... First international  Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920) Last International  Netherlands 2 - 0 Yugoslavia (Amsterdam, Netherlands; 25 March 1992) Biggest win Yugoslavia 10 - 1 India  (Helsinki, Finland; 15 July 1952) Yugoslavia 9 - 0 Zaire  (Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974) Biggest defeat  Czechoslovakia... The Stade Vélodrome is a 60,031 capacity stadium in Marseille, France. ... Luis Arconda (born June 26, 1954 in Donostia) was a Spanish soccer player. ... Bruno Bellone (born 14 March 1962 in Toulon) is a former French footballer. ...


Suffering from groin pain and playing under injection, Platini was not in peak physical condition for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Nonethless he contributed two important goals: the first setting France on the way to a 2-0 win over Italy and ending the 1982 champions' defence of their trophy; the second France's equaliser in a sumptuous quarter-final against Brazil, on his birthday, which France won on penalty kicks (Platini famously sending his over the bar). This goal was to be the last of his international career. After losing a second World Cup semi-final in a row to West Germany, France had to settle for third place. Platini did not take part in the 1982 or 1986 World Cup third-place matches. Qualifying countries The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ...


Platini made his last appearance for France on April 29, 1987, in a European Championship qualifier at home to Iceland, a few weeks before announcing his retirement from all football. In 72 appearances for France from 1976 to 1987 (including 49 appearances as captain), Platini scored 41 times, a record for the French national team, which has since been surpassed by Barcelona FC striker Thierry Henry after scoring his 42nd and 43rd national team goals against Lithuania in a Euro qualifier on October 17, 2007. is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Ruud Gullit lifts the trophy after winning the cup with the Netherlands The 1988 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 88) final tournament was held in West Germany. ...


Platini's coaching career

Platini was named coach of the French national side on November 1, 1988, replacing Henri Michel, who had been forced out after France infamously drew with Cyprus (1-1) in a 1990 World Cup qualifier. France's qualifying campaign was ultimately unsuccessful. is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Henri Michel (born October 29, 1947) is a former French soccer player who played as a midfielder and later went on to coach various national teams. ... The 1990 FIFA World Cup, the 14th staging of the World Cup, was held in Italy from June 8 to July 8. ... Listed below are the dates and results for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). ...


The focus of the team shifted to qualifying for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden. France excelled in the qualifying stages, winning all eight of their group matches, including notable victories away to Spain and Czechoslovakia. After a record 19-match unbeaten run, they were among the favourites to win the competition and Platini was named Manager of the Year by the World Soccer Awards. But a string of uninspiring performances in warm-up matches, followed by France's first-round elimination from the tournament, led Platini to step down as coach. The 1992 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 92) final tournament was hosted by Sweden. ... Since 1982, the magazine World Soccer has its readers select winners for awards in three categories: Player of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Team of the Year. ...


Administrative roles

Fernand Sastre, Lionel Jospin, Marie-George Buffet, and Michel Platini

Platini was, along with Fernand Sastre, head of the organizing committee for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, held in France. He served on the UEFA Technical Development Committee from 1988 to 1990. He has been a member of the UEFA Executive Committee and European member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 2002. He continued to climb the ranks of UEFA and FIFA football administration and as of 2006, he is a chairman of the FIFA Technical and Development Committee, while also being vice-president of the French Football Federation. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 417 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (420 × 603 pixel, file size: 61 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) présentation des actions du gouvernement français pour lorganisation de la Coupe du Monde de Football 1998 de gauche à doite : Fernand Sastre Lionel Jospin... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 417 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (420 × 603 pixel, file size: 61 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) présentation des actions du gouvernement français pour lorganisation de la Coupe du Monde de Football 1998 de gauche à doite : Fernand Sastre Lionel Jospin... Lionel Robert Jospin (born July 12, 1937 in Meudon, a suburb of Paris) is a French statesman who served as Prime Minister of France from 1997-2002. ... Marie-George Buffet. ... Qualifying countries The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup, was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled in 1938. ... The Union Européenne de Football Association or Union of European Football Associations in English, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... This article is about an international football organization. ... The French Football Federation (FFF) (French: Fédération Française de Football) is the governing body of football in France. ...


UEFA presidency

Platini confirmed that he would run for the UEFA presidency in July 2006.[1] In the election in Düsseldorf on 26 January 2007, he defeated Lennart Johansson, who held the post for the previous 16 years, by 27 votes to 23. [2] Michel Platini based his speech on virtues of solidarity and universality. He also wants to reduce the number of Champions League places to per country from four to three by 2009. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The title of this article contains the character ü. Where it is unavailable or not desired, the name may be represented as Duesseldorf. ... Lennart Johansson (born November 5, 1929) is the president of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations since 1990. ...


Honours

Individual honours

  • 1976
  • 1977
    • France Football French Player of the Year
    • L'Équipe French Champion of Champions
  • 1979
    • Selected in FIFA XI to play Argentina
  • 1982
    • Selected in Europe team to face FIFA XI in charity match for UNICEF
  • 1983
  • 1984
    • Capocannoniere (top scorer) in Italian championship (20 goals)
    • European Championship player of the tournament
    • European Championship top goalscorer (9 goals)
    • European Footballer of the Year
    • Guerin Sportivo magazine's player of the Italian championship
    • L'Équipe French Champion of Champions
    • Onze d'Or
    • World Soccer Player of the Year
  • 1985
    • Capocannoniere (top scorer) in Italian championship (18 goals)
    • Chevron Award (best goal per game ratio in Italian league)
    • European Cup top scorer (7 goals)
    • Knight of the Legion of Honour
    • European Footballer of the Year
    • Onze d'Or
    • World Club Championship final, Man of the Match
    • World Soccer Player of the Year
  • 1987
  • 1988
    • Officer of the Legion of Honour
  • 1991
    • El País European Coach of the Year
    • World Soccer Manager of the Year
  • 1992
  • 2003
    • Artemio Franchi Prize
  • 2004
  • 2007
    • Elected UEFA President.

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Club honours

  • Nancy
  • Saint-Étienne
    • 1981 French league champion
    • 1981 French Cup runner-up
    • 1982 French Cup runner-up
  • Juventus
    • 1983 Coppa Super Clubs winner
    • 1983 Italian Cup winner
    • 1983 European Cup runner-up
    • 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup winner (first French player to win the trophy)
    • 1984 European Super Cup winner
    • 1984 Italian league champion
    • 1985 European Cup winner
    • 1985 World Club Championship winner
    • 1986 Italian league champion

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International honours

During Platini's international career, France were five times holders of Nasazzi's baton, and Platini was captain on the third, fourth, and fifth occasion that the French national team held the unofficial title while he was an international. The Artemio Franchi Trophy was a competition held twice (1985 and 1993) between the champions of the European Football Championship and the Copa América. ... The Unofficial Football World Championships (UFWC) is a way of calculating the worlds best football team, using a knock-out title system similar to that used in boxing and wrestling. ...


Quotes

  • "An hour with Marguerite Duras was harder for me than any match in my career. Sometimes, there were even questions I had difficulty understanding. (...) I've never been questioned by someone as ignorant of football matters." - in Libération, April 4, 1996
  • "I began by playing for the biggest club in the Lorraine region, went on to the biggest club in France and ended up with the biggest in the world." - at the Stadio Comunale Vittorio Pozzo of Turin, May 1987 [3]
  • "I was born in football. My father was a very good football player, and as an Italian immigrant was always passionate about the game. Football is a fantastic and intelligent game which teaches us how to live together, how to share when you are better than others. Football is an extraordinary education for life." [4]
  • "If a FIFA World Cup tournament had been held every year between 1982 and 1986, France would have won two or three." [3]
  • "The boring thing is that you always have to justify yourself. I spent more time explaining why I made such and such a choice than making the choice."
  • "The people who talked about a black, white, and Beur France were thirty years late. France has been black, white, and Beur for a long time. I was shocked by this discussion in 1998. I said to myself: "Look, people have discovered that France was like that." These people do not look around themselves very much. The thoughts of French people on immigrants have practically not changed at all for a hundred years. One day I was received by the deputy mayor of Belfort while coach of the French team. In his speech, the elected representative spoke of me as a good example of integration. I nearly insulted him. (...) I was very surprised because I never considered myself a foreigner. I had never spoken Italian, neither had my father. My grandfather spoke French too. I am third-generation. It was time I was integrated! The history of football is interesting to observe. When you look at the four French European Footballers of the Year, it is the history of immigration in France exactly. There is Kopa first, Platini, then, after Papin, Zidane. That perfectly sums up each era of foreign integration in France. By 1998, France had been black, white, and Beur for at least twenty years. I think that some of the people who lead us do not know their country. That is not playing politics, that is stating a fact." - L'Humanité, December 9, 2005
  • "The street is the best way to become a good footballer."
  • "What Zidane does with a ball, Maradona could do with an orange." [5]
  • In the words of Bobby Charlton, "What a playmaker. He could thread the ball through the eye of a needle as well as finish." [6]
  • "When I was a kid and played with my friends, I always chose to be Platini. I let my friends share the names of my other idols between themselves." Zinédine Zidane [7].

Marguerite Donnadieu, better known as Marguerite Duras, (April 4, 1914 – March 3, 1996) was a French writer and film director. ... Libération (affectionately known as Libé) is a French daily newspaper founded in Paris in 1973 by Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Victor alias Benny Lévy and Serge July in the wake of the protest movements of May 1968. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Stadio Olimpico di Torino (before 2006: Stadio Comunale di Torino) is a multi-use stadium in Turin, Italy. ... For other uses, see Turin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see May (disambiguation). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Belfort is a town and commune of northeastern France, préfecture (capital) of the Territoire de Belfort département in the Franche-Comté région. ... Raymond Kopa (born October 13, 1931), originally Raymond Kopaszewski, is a French former football midfielder, integral to the French national teams of the 1950s. ... Jean-Pierre Papin (born November 5, 1963 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France) was a French football player. ... “Zidane” redirects here. ... LHumanité (Humanity), formerly the daily newspaper of the French Communist Party (PCF), was founded in 1904 by Jean Jaurès, a leader of the SFIO socialist party. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Zidane” redirects here. ... Diego Armando Maradona (born October 30, 1960) is an Argentine former footballer. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is a former English professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. ... “Zidane” redirects here. ...

Bibliography

  • Tournon Philippe, Platini, le football en fête, Paris, Alta Sport, 1977
  • Collectif, Michel Platini : l'album photos, Paris, PAC, December 1982
  • "Michel Platini : Ma vie comme un match", 1987

References and notes

  1. ^ "Platini to run for UEFA presidency", EuFootball.biz, 2006-07-27. Retrieved on 2006-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Platini elected UEFA president", UEFA.com, 2007-01-27. Retrieved on 2007-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b FIFA "Classic Players" biography - Michel Platini. FIFA Official Site. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  4. ^ UEFA Organization - Michel Platini. UEFA. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  5. ^ Platini: "Zidane no match for Maradona". BBC Sport, UK. Retrieved on 2006-11-07.
  6. ^ "Charlton and Pele unite for team of century", The Examiner. Retrieved on 2006-11-05. 
  7. ^ Classic Football: Michel Platini - I was there. FIFA Official Site. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.

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External links

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  • (French) "Fiche de Michel Platini" - career summary - www.lequipe.fr - L'Equipe newspaper, 2006.
Awards
Preceded by
Paolo Rossi
European Footballer of the Year
1983, 1984, 1985
Succeeded by
Igor Belanov
Preceded by
Zico
World Footballer of the Year
1984, 1985
Succeeded by
Diego Maradona
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marius Tresor
France national football team Captain
1979-1987
Succeeded by
Manuel Amoros
Preceded by
Henri Michel
French national football coach
1988–1992
Succeeded by
Gérard Houllier
Preceded by
Robyn Perry
Calgary 1988
Final Winter Olympic Torchbearer
Michel Platini and François-Cyrille Grange

Albertville 1992
Succeeded by
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
Lillehammer 1994
Preceded by
Lennart Johansson
President of UEFA
2007–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Persondata
NAME Platini, Michel
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Football (soccer) player
DATE OF BIRTH 21 June 1955
PLACE OF BIRTH Jœuf, Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

 
 

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