In order to play in European competition, clubs have to meet the Financial Fair Play Rules (FFP), and there was news very recently that of the 237 clubs who took part in this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions, 76 of them are being investigated. Michel Platini – UEFA President should be FFP rules […]
Michel Platini has repeated his call for the "stupid" 'triple punishment' rule to be dropped, following two controversial incidents this week.
The "triple punishment" of a penalty, red card and suspension has come under scrutiny after Manchester City 's Martin Demichelis and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szcznesny fell foul of the ruling.
A full three months before the 2014 World Cup will kick off, the course to qualification for the 2016 European Championships has already been charted for UEFA's 54 members. The hosts France qualify directly, while the other 53 will spend 14 months trying to qualify for the remaining 23 spots starting on Sept. 7, 2014.
Germany probably got the easiest assignment with Group D...
UEFA president Michel Platini has told European Championship expansion critics not to play if they do not like the changes. […]
Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.comWelcome to Soccerlens’ preview and upcoming coverage of Sunday’s Euro 2016 draw, which will take place at 11:00 GMT in Nice, France.
With qualification for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil all sorted, we can turn our attentions to the upcoming European Championships in France, with a whole host of international...
UEFA Boss Michel Platini
With reports making the rounds that Michel Platini is considering a bid for the FIFA presidency, the Confederation African Football and UEFA today signed a Memorandum of Understanding “for mutual co-operation towards the development of the game”.
The MoU which spans through to summer 2016 aims to strengthen cooperation between the two confederations and...
CAF president Issa Hayatou and UEFA boss Michel PlatiniThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual co-operation towards the development of the game.The MoU valid till 31 July 2016 and open to renewal is meant to strengthen cooperation between the two confederations and provide...
Legendary former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a new UEFA coaching role. Michel Platini, UEFA ‘s President, announced it today. Sir Alex Ferguson had been working as a team ambassador and director since retiring from United.
According to Sun Sport, Sir Alex Ferguson also said today that David Moyes will not be sacked. So that’s something all the Moyes critics...
Russia and Georgia have ended their football spat, dating back to a brief war in 2008, by agreeing to play each other.
UEFA President Michel Platini said Friday the two national football associations stated their willingness to play in 2016 European Championship qualifying matches.
''I'm very pleased to say that the Russians and Georgians can play together if they are...
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January 24, 2014
UEFA President Michel Platini believes he has made himself unpopular in some football circles by enforcing stricter punishments for clubs, but that it's a necessary consequence of trying to clean up the sport.
Platini, who is weighing up whether he has the support to seek the FIFA presidency in 2015, said Friday that penalizing clubs for racism, match-fixing and uncontrolled...
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December 27, 2013
Michel Platini says FIFA's choice of World Cup draw procedure was not his idea, despite it favoring his native France.
Platini told reporters he offered to leave the room Monday during talks about a ''FIFA administration'' proposal.
A lottery will now decide which unseeded European team goes into Pot 2 - sure to face two high-ranked opponents from Europe and...
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December 04, 2013
UEFA president Michel Platini says the choice between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery for the Ballon d'Or ''is the most difficult in the history of the trophy.''
In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner from France also joked about FIFA's decision to extend the voting deadline by two weeks to Nov...
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December 03, 2013
It would be an understatement to call Philippos Stavrou a fan of former France great and UEFA President Michel Platini.
The 52-year-old Cypriot has legally changed his name to Philippos Stavrou Platini - with his parents' blessing - and runs ''The Temple of Michel Platini'' in Mosfiloti.
The museum dedicated to the Frenchman holds 21,137 pieces of memorabilia...
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November 24, 2013
In the eleventh episode of This Week In Soccer, the topics discussed are (1) Jose Mourinho’s antics (2) The value of Luis Suárez, and (3) Michel Platini: The man and politician.
The guests on this week’s episode are:
Laurence McKenna (EPL Talk Podcast host)
Richard Farley (NBCSports.com), and
Kartik Krishnaiyer (Senior Writer, World Soccer Talk).
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International soccer, and its capstone tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship in particular, seem to exist primarily for two discernible reasons. To determine who is the best at soccer in the world or the relevant continent. And to make their respective governing bodies tall piles of money.
Increasingly, the latter raison d'etre overrules the former. Chief...
Watch This Week In Soccer, the soccer discussion show, live at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm BST today featuring Richard Farley, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna.
Today’s topics are:
1. Mourinho’s antics
2. The value of Suárez, and
3. Michel Platini: The man and politician.
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UEFA President Michel Platini wants to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams. Platini is expected to challenge Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2015, and the interview may be the first step in the Frenchman sowing the seeds to win votes and hearts of soccer federations around the globe.
Platini said, in the interview with The Times newspaper:
“It’s not based on the quality...
Platini believes the World Cup could expand in the coming years but his views are pro-Europe
UEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter wrote last week that Africa and Asia deserved more representation...
UEFA president Michel Platini thinks FIFA should consider expanding the World Cup finals from 32 nations to 40.
The Frenchman believes an increase in the number of participants at football's showpiece event would be embraced by all concerned.
He says only three days would be added to the schedule and that the event would reach a wider global audience.
It is possible that Platini...
UEFA President Michel Platini wants the World Cup expanded from 32 to 40 teams.
The Frenchman was responding to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's call for Asian and African teams to be better represented at the World Cup.
Blatter has previously suggested that spots at the finals should be taken off European and South American nations rather than expanding the tournament.
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October 28, 2013
Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining...
UEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has played down...
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has hit back at suggestions that chants from CSKA Moscow fans during their recent Champions League tie were misinterpreted.
Uefa president Michel Platini requested an investigation into the alleged racist chants but CSKA representative Michael Sanadze denied any incidents of abuse.
However, the 30-year...
UEFA President Michel Platini has demanded an internal investigation look into why the UEFA protocol wasn’t followed by the referee in the Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City earlier this week.
The new UEFA protocol to combat racism says that the referee should stop the game if he receives a complaint of racism (which City captain Yaya Toure informed...
Michel Platini has requested a UEFA investigation after CSKA Moscow’s game with Manchester City was not stopped for alleged racist […]
Germany will bid to host the 2024 UEFA European Championship.
The German football federation (DFB) says UEFA president Michel Platini was informed of the decision at its congress meeting on Thursday, one day after the presidential board voted unanimously to host the event.
DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach says, ''18 years after the unique experience of the World Cup in...
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October 24, 2013