Associated Press  |  Last updated September 17, 2013
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A fascinating week for European soccer will likely leave the question of Michel Platini's ambitions to lead FIFA unanswered. For now. On the field, Bayern Munich begins the defense of its Champions League title on Tuesday when contenders like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Paris Saint-German also begin their campaigns. At the same time, Platini - the UEFA president and widely presumed FIFA heir - begins hosting a four-day summit of 54 member federations, plus power brokers from wealthy European clubs and leagues in Dubrovnik, Croatia. They will debate two of soccer's biggest issues. By Friday, UEFA hopes to find a common position on FIFA President Sepp Blatter's intention to switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the searing summer heat to cooler months. And despite a recent teasing interview, getting definite answers on Platini's expected plan to succeed his former mentor at FIFA in 2015 might be elusive in Dubrovnik, the beautiful city on the Adriatic coast. '...
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