MICHEL PLATINI NEWS

Platini set to launch bid for FIFA presidency this week

Michel Platini is set to declare he will run for the FIFA presidency this week and an announcement could come as early as Wednesday. Platini, the UEFA president, held further talks with football powerbrokers at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg at the weekend and is now confident he has the support necessary to win. It is understood a letter to national associations declaring...
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21 minutes ago  |  Discuss

World Cup at center of Gazprom's sponsorship empire

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) As FIFA descends on St. Petersburg for the World Cup preliminary draw Saturday, it is entering the capital of a sponsorship empire. Government-controlled Russian gas company Gazprom is a huge presence in St. Petersburg, where it owns Russian champion football club Zenit and bases many of its roughly 400,000 staff. Entire streets in the historic center...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Possible FIFA rivals Platini, Prince Ali meet for talks

GENEVA (AP) Potential FIFA presidential election rivals Michel Platini and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein have met for the first time since Sepp Blatter announced his exit. Spokesmen for both men declined to comment on details of the talks in the south of France on Wednesday. Prince Ali was publicly supported by UEFA President Platini before losing a 133-73 vote to Blatter in May. Four...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini to delay announcement on standing for FIFA presidency

Michel Platini will delay any announcement on standing for the FIFA presidency until after this weekend's 2018 World Cup preliminary draw. Platini will attend the draw in St Petersburg where he will hold further talks with figures from world football and is likely to make an announcement in the next two to three weeks, it is understood. The 60-year-old UEFA president is the favourite...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA to elect new president in February; Blatter to stay until then

FIFA has announced it will hold a special congress to elect Sepp Blatter's successor on February 26 next year - meaning he is set to remain in power for another seven months. An extraordinary meeting of FIFA's executive committee decided on the date of the election despite UEFA members having pushed for an earlier date. Candidates for the position will have to be nominated before...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Four out of six confederations back Platini for top FIFA job

Michel Platini could announce as early as this week that he will stand for FIFA president after receiving backing from four out of the six confederations. The 60-year-old UEFA president has yet to make a final decision but sources say Asia has swung behind Europe, South America and CONCACAF in supporting Platini to succeed Sepp Blatter. Platini held talks in Zurich on Sunday night...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

FIFA to decide on election date; Platini gains support

ZURICH (AP) FIFA executives are meeting to choose a presidential election date, with UEFA President Michel Platini gaining support to succeed Sepp Blatter. A person familiar with the situation says Platini has been asked to run by the majority of FIFA's confederations but has not yet decided whether to be a candidate. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini is...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini desires to limit top teams from signing top players

ZURICH - UEFA President Michel Platini wants to stop top teams stockpiling the best players to ensure football remains competitive. The European football chief wants to force clubs to use more homegrown players. Eight are currently required in 25-man Champions League squads. ''What is important in the future is to limit the possibility to have the best players in one team. That is...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter, Platini meet at Sunday session of FIFA leaders

ZURICH (AP) Sepp Blatter hosted Michel Platini and football's other continental presidents on Sunday, in their first formal meeting since the FIFA president announced he would leave office amid a corruption crisis. The closed-door meeting at FIFA headquarters was to help prepare for an executive committee session on Monday, called at short notice to set a date for the presidential...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter and Platini to meet at Sunday session of FIFA leaders

ZURICH -- Sepp Blatter will host Michel Platini and football's other continental presidents later Sunday, in their first formal meeting since the FIFA president announced he would leave office amid a corruption crisis. The closed-door meeting at FIFA headquarters helps prepare for an executive committee session on Monday, called at short notice to set a date for the presidential...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blatter, Platini to meet at Sunday session of FIFA leaders

ZURICH (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter will host Michel Platini and football's other continental presidents at a meeting later Sunday. The meeting at FIFA headquarters helps prepare for Monday's executive committee session that should set a date for the presidential election to replace Blatter. Platini is currently favored to win. When the presidents' group met on May 28, one day...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini wants to stop top teams signing all the best players

UEFA President Michel Platini says he wants to stop top teams stockpiling the best players in a move that would ensure football remains competitive. The European football chief wants to force clubs to use more homegrown players. Eight are currently required in 25-man Champions League squads. In the July issue of ''World Soccer'' magazine, Platini says ''what is important in the future...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Major FIFA sponsor backs Platini to succeed Blatter as president

BERLIN -- The chief executive of Adidas, a major FIFA sponsor, believes UEFA President Michel Platini would be the best choice of successor to Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's governing body. Herbert Hainer was quoted Friday as telling German weekly Focus: "For me, Platini is the most suitable candidate." "He leads UEFA, with the best club teams worldwide and the strongest...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Adidas chief: Platini the best choice to succeed Blatter

BERLIN (AP) The chief executive of Adidas, a major FIFA sponsor, says he thinks UEFA President Michel Platini would be the best choice of successor to Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's governing body. Herbert Hainer was quoted Friday as telling German weekly Focus: ''For me, Platini is the most suitable candidate.'' He added: ''He leads UEFA, with the best club teams...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Platini has big decision in great game for FIFA throne

GENEVA (AP) After years of waiting, Michel Platini's destiny with FIFA is coming faster than he thought. Platini has his 60th birthday on Sunday with much to celebrate and a big decision to take. Long seen as the heir apparent to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, his former mentor now embattled adversary, it is open question if the elected leader of European soccer and former France...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

UEFA chief Platini meets with French President Hollande

PARIS (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini met with French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday amid speculation that he will run for the FIFA presidency when Sepp Blatter follows through with his resignation. Platini is considered the favorite to replace Blatter, who announced his resignation last week amid a corruption scandal at football's governing body. But an election for...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chuck Blazer’s Testimony to Feds Unsealed

Chuck Blazer’s testimony to the federal government has been unsealed and revealed to the public. Blazer, the man who became an informant which led to the FIFA corruption scandal, was indicted due on tax evasion charges by not declaring income from 1992-1998. Chuck Blazer dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi The testimony is located here, but in case you don’t feel like reading a 40...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Chuck Blazer’s Testimony to Feds Unsealed

Chuck Blazer’s testimony to the federal government has been unsealed and revealed to the public. Blazer, the man who became an informant which led to the FIFA corruption scandal, was indicted due on tax evasion charges by not declaring income from 1992-1998. Chuck Blazer dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi The testimony is located here, but in case you don’t feel like reading a 40...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Platini cancels UEFA meeting on anti-Blatter tactics

NYON, Switzerland (AP) UEFA has canceled a meeting in Berlin this weekend where member federations were to discuss ways of opposing a Sepp Blatter-led FIFA. UEFA President Michel Platini says it is better to await developments after Blatter announced plans to resign. Platini also noted the ''unpredictable nature'' of a U.S. federal investigation into corruption in world soccer....
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Next FIFA president odds released – Michel Platini the favorite

Who will be the next FIFA president? We don’t know yet, but much like everything else related to soccer, there are odds for you to bet on it. William Hill set odds on who will be the next president following Sepp Blatter’s resignation announced Tuesday. Here is what they set: Michel Platini 6-5 Ali Bin...Read More
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

****: Platini must show leadership in wake of corruption allegations

Football Association chairman Greg **** has called on UEFA president Michel Platini to stand up to FIFA boss Sepp Blatter in the wake of the corruption allegations engulfing the world governing body. Blatter won a fifth term as president on Friday despite widespread calls for him to step down after seven FIFA officials were arrested and 18 people connected to football were indicted...
Via Fox Sports
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Michel Platini still scarred by Heysel disaster

UEFA president Michel Platini says the horrors of the Heysel disaster have “never left” him as soccer marks the 30th anniversary of the tragedy. A collapsing wall at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels before the start of the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool on May 29, 1985 caused 39 deaths and over 600 injuries. The match went ahead and Platini, then a star midfield...
Via World Soccer Talk
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Platini still haunted by Heysel on 30th anniversary of tragedy

UEFA president Michel Platini says the horrors of the Heysel disaster have "never left" him as football marks the 30th anniversary of the tragedy. A collapsing wall at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels before the start of the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool on May 29, 1985 caused 39 deaths and over 600 injuries. The match went ahead and Platini, then a star midfield...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Platini reflects on Heysel 30 years after 39 fans died

ZURICH (AP) Exactly 30 years after 39 fans died at the European Cup final, UEFA President Michel Platini says he is ''still doing everything in my power'' to prevent a similar tragedy. Platini was a Juventus player on May 29, 1985 preparing to face Liverpool at the Heysel stadium in Brussels when English fans started rioting. The match went ahead and Platini scored in a 1-0 Juventus...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Platini backs Prince Ali and says Blatter fears a life of emptiness

UEFA president Michel Platini has endorsed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein in the FIFA presidential election, saying incumbent Sepp Blatter is clinging to power as he fears a life of "emptiness" if forced out. Prince Ali is the last remaining challenger to 79-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth four-year term in office despite saying his current term would be his last when elected...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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