Michel Platini

  • I am the only one who can beat Blatter, says Platini 27-03-2014 06:06 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini said on Thursday that he was the only person capable of beating Sepp Blatter in an election battle for the FIFA presidency. The 58-year-old emphasised that he is yet to decide whether or not to stand for world soccer's top job next year, but he told...
  • Michel Platini calls for sin bins to replace yellow cards 05-12-2013 10:47 PM

    Barcelona: European soccer chief Michel Platini wants yellow cards to be replaced by a rugby-style system of sin bins. Platini, the president of governing body UEFA, said on Thursday he would also like the winner of national cup competitions to be rewarded with a place in the Champions League. "I...
  • 2013 Ballon d'Or vote toughest in history: Michel Platini 03-12-2013 07:24 PM

    Madrid: 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...
  • UEFA chief Platini calls for 40 team World Cup 28-10-2013 10:12 AM

    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. Europe currently provides 13 of the 32 teams at the finals, compared with five from Africa and...
  • Qatar has 'problems to solve' ahead of World Cup: Platini 21-10-2013 11:01 AM

    Paris: UEFA president Michel Platini has urged Qatar to solve its "problems" ahead of the 2022 World Cup which will be played in the Gulf state. "It's a gift that was made to the Qataris," the Frenchman told Canal Plus in an interview aired on Sunday. "But there are problems...
  • Michel Platini 'not losing sleep' over FIFA presidency 20-09-2013 07:20 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini is not losing sleep over whether to bid for the presidency of FIFA in two years' time, he said on Friday. The Frenchman added that the ball was in FIFA's court concerning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after UEFA's 54 member federations agreed this week...
  • Thirty-two countries bid for Euro 2020 20-09-2013 03:00 PM

    Thirty-two countries have shown interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020, UEFA said on Friday. The tournament will be staged at 13 cities around the continent. The candidate nations must submit their full bid dossier by April when they must also choose their host city. UEFA said the countries were:...
  • Michel Platini to decide on FIFA top job during or after World Cup 17-09-2013 02:28 PM

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said that he will make a decision on whether to run for FIFA presidency next year at the earliest. "I have not yet decided what will I do in the future, and I want to have a few additional months to think," he told UEFA...
  • Goal-line technology has opened Pandora's box, says Platini 30-08-2013 06:05 PM

    Monte Carlo: The use of goal-line technology has opened a Pandora's box in football and encouraged demands for other forms of electronic aids to be used, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Friday. "I told you from the start I was against this technology, because then we will have offside...
  • Platini says player transfer system equal to 'robbery' 30-08-2013 05:00 PM

    Monte Carlo: UEFA president Michel Platini described the current soccer transfer system as robbery on Friday and said he would like to see it revamped. "I think transfers are robbery," the former France captain told a media conference. "Today, the player is more a product than a player and that...
  • Platini to soon decide on FIFA presidential run 28-08-2013 06:27 PM

    Paris: UEFA President Michel Platini says he could announce next month whether he'll run to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA. Platini says he'll "certainly say something in Dubrovnik," the Croatian city where UEFA will hold its next executive committee meeting on September 19-20. In an interview in Wednesday's...
  • Sepp Blatter drops hint he plans to stay on as FIFA president 03-05-2013 10:19 AM

    Kuala Lumpur: FIFA president Sepp Blatter dropped a hint he plans to stand again for another four year term as the head of world soccer's governing body during a speech to AFC delegates in Malaysia on Friday. Blatter had said he planned to step down from office at the end...
  • Terry reignites racism row fallout at UEFA event 19-04-2013 11:38 PM

    London: The bitter fallout from English football's high-profile racism case resurfaced on Friday in front of UEFA President Michel Platini as John Terry refused to shake hands with the man who stripped him of the England captaincy. The snub came at an event in London where European champion Chelsea were...
  • Platini admits Euro 2016 qualifiers will be less interesting 28-03-2013 11:25 PM

    Sofia: UEFA president Michel Platini has acknowledged that the Euro 2016 qualifying competition will be "less interesting" with nearly half the teams involved set to progress to the 24-team finals in France. Platini said that the format would continue to involve six-team groups, however up to three teams per group...
  • Goal line technology a waste of millions of euros: Platini 12-12-2012 03:24 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Even as world body FIFA seems to slowly embrace goal line technology, UEFA chief Michel Platini rejected it insisting it is unnecessary waste of millions of euros. Platini, on a visit to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) house in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, simply replied "No" when asked if...
  • UEFA President Platini sticks to his guns on technology 11-12-2012 01:34 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: UEFA President Michel Platini remains ardently opposed to the use of goal-line technology, which is being employed by FIFA for the first time at the Club World Cup, and said on Tuesday the money would be better spent developing the game. The technology was employed in Thursday's Club...
  • Platini pushing for multi-country Euro 2020 14-11-2012 10:08 AM

    Berlin: European soccer's governing body UEFA is going ahead with a proposal for a Euro 2020 tournament hosted by half a dozen countries and not the usual one or two, Germany's UEFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Tuesday. Zwanziger, who was formerly head of the German Football Association...
  • 'Serbia could face tough sanctions over racism' 23-10-2012 10:25 PM

    Paris: Serbia could face tough sanctions from UEFA's disciplinary committee after racism again marred a football game in the country last week, president Michel Platini said on Tuesday. England Under-21 defender Danny Rose complained after a Euro qualifier in Serbia last week that he had been racially abused and the...
  • Platini ready to score in UEFA polls 19-01-2007 05:46 PM

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