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Michel Platini 
Michel Platini
Michel Platini

Born: June 21, 1955 (age 62) in Jœuf

Michel Platini

Soccer Midfielder

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Michel François Platini is a former French football player and manager, and the president of the Union of European Football Associations since 2007.

Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, he came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote, and was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.

He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, a record jointly held with Dutch internationals Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten.

In 2004, Platini was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

During his professional football career, Platini played for the clubs Nancy, Saint-Étienne, and Juventus, and was a member of the French national team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was the top goalscorer and voted the best player.

He also participated in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two.

Platini, Alain Giresse, Luis Fernández and Jean Tigana together made up the "carré magique", the group of midfield players that formed the heart of the French team in the 1980s.

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'Trickery & shenanigans' - Platini's 1998 World Cup draw claim

'trickery & shenanigans' - platini's 1998 world cup draw claim
Disgraced former Uefa president Michel Platini claims there was "a little trickery" in place for the 1998 World Cup draw.
BBC Sport

World Cup: Shamed former Uefa president Michel Platini admits to manipulating France 1998 draw

The former France and Juventus playmaker was a co-president of the organising committee at France 98

Platini admits 1998 World Cup was fixed for France to play Brazil in final

Michel Platini has claimed "a little trickery" was used in the 1998 World Cup draw to increase the chances of France and Brazil meeting. The post Platini admits 1998 World Cup was fixed for France..
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Platini says 1998 World Cup draw ‘trickery’ helped France

PARIS (AP) France soccer great Michel Platini says ''a little trickery'' in the 1998 World Cup draw ensured his home country would avoid Brazil until the final which it won in Paris.
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