Michel Platini is new UEFA president January 26, 2007Posted by dorigo in games, news, politics.
Congratulations and best wishes to Michel Platini, my all-time favourite soccer player, a player of incredible talent, fantasy, and class. He defeated by 27 votes to 23 (2 abstained) the former president Lennart Johansson, who was in charge since 1990. With a gesture that betrays all of Michel’s fair play, he offered Johansson to stay in charge as honorary president, to work together. Not an act of empty gallantry, since the election campaign had seen bitter moments at the start, with Johansson claiming he already could count on the vote of 36 soccer federations of the 52 with a right to vote.
I do not know how well will Platini score in the task of cleaning up UEFA’s cupboards from all the skeletons accumulated in the recent past. But I am in favor of a professional of his caliber, who most of all loves the sport he is in charge of promoting. Good luck, Michel.