Michel Platini

19 Jul

Michel Platini is one of the best footballers from France. Platini and Zidane will always stand out as the top two players ever played for France, given their enormous contribution to the French football. Platini was an amazing midfielder who can provide wide range of passes, take stunning free kicks, and finish splendidly when ball comes to him. Michel Platini was the top scorer as well as the best player during 1984 European championships, which France won. Platini is currently the President of UEFA. He made name for himself as football administrator after finishing his footballing career as a player. Platini was quite a lively character during his playing career as he kept doing lot of funny stuffs.

Michel Platini has an Italian connection, as he is a son of Italian immigrants. He was born at Meurthe -et -Moselle in France in the year 1955.He started his footballing journey with Joeuf juniors. He had no luck, when it was about joining Metz, as injuries and failure in trial ended his dream. Platini joined the reserve team or Nancy club in 1972.He caught the attention of the coaches at Nancy, with his performances against other reserve teams. He got chance to be a part of Nancy first team and he made his French league debut on third may in the year 1973, while playing against Nimes. Due to injury, platini could not do much while Nancy faced relegation, in 1973.However they made quick return to the top division and by then Platini became an integral part of Nancy, with his 17 goals. He won the French cup with Nancy in the year 1978 and he was the captain. As his contract expired, he moved to Saint-Etienne in 1979.Platini won French league with Saint-Etienne in 1981.However platini and Saint-Etienne were not able to replicate that in the form of European success. Platini also featured in two French cup finals and his team ended up as runners.

 He moved to Juventus after his contract with Saint-Etienne ended. After a difficult start, Platini tasted success with Juventus. Platini won Italian cup with Juventus in 1983 .However, Juventus lost European cup final against Hamburg. Platini tasted the Scudetto success in 1984 as well as 1986 with Juventus. He won 1984 European cup winners’ cup as well as European super cup. He won world club championship and European cup in 1985.Platini’s exploits with Juventus earned him three consecutive European footballer of the year awards from 1983 to 1985.More over he was the top scorer during those years in Serie A. Coincidently, World Soccer Magazine voted him as Player of the year during those years. Platini bid adieu to his football career in 1987.

Platini started his international career with the amateur team of France in 1973.However; the military service slowed his progress. He represented French under-23 team, Olympic team as well as military team during those years. His performance against Romania in an Olympics qualifier yielded him a call to the senior team. He made his senior International debut when played against Czechoslovakia in 1976.He scored from a free kick to open his goal account. Platini had Olympics heartbreak in 1976 as France crashed out of quarter final against East Germany in dubious circumstances. Platini played a major role in the France’s qualification for 1978 world cup. However, France crashed out of the 1978 world cup from a tough group involving Argentina and Italy. Platini became the captain of France following the world cup debacle. He led France to the 1982 world cup with his free kick against Holland in a 2-0 world cup qualifiers win. Platini lead France to the semi-finals of the 1982 world cup. The lost the epic semi-final against West Germany in a penalty shootout following a 3-3 deadlock after extra time. He led France to their first European Championship victory. He scored nine goals during the campaign and was the top goal scorer. He scored hat tricks against the likes of Belgium as well as Yugoslavia. Due to injury, Platini was not able to contribute as much as he wished. He scored two vital goals in the France’s march to the semi-finals. However, they lost to West Germany again in semi-final. He scored 41 goals in just 72 matches for France during his international career, which is an amazing feat for a midfielder. He retired from international football in 1987.

Platini became France’s coach in 1988 and he failed to turn around the wobbly world cup qualifying campaign. Platini however took them to the 1992 European championship successfully. The 19 match unbeaten run of France clinched him Manager of the year award. After disappointing European championship, Platini gave up the job. He later involved in football administration. Firstly, he headed the committee, which organized 1998 world cup in France. He worked in various committees in UEFA as well as FIFA. He became the UEFA president in 2007. He is planning many radical changes in European football.

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