Any opinions? There's word that Platini's election could split UEFA and cause a crisis. I personally don't know what to think of Platini becoming the next UEFA president (especially given his afiliation with Joseph "Septic" Blatter, although I would have liked to see Johansson become FIFA president to get rid of Blatter for good.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5575 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
Actually I am not sure if Platini is good for UEFA but Johansson is too old (77) to stay president of a sports association. I don't understand all these old men who want to keep the power till die in their office. Johansson is by fare not the first, I find it disgusting. At least there is now a younger person.
ME AVN FAN From Algeria, joined May 2002, 13937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 1567 times:
here the link: www.uefa.com/uefa/keytopics/kind=64/newsid=500491.html"
Mr Platini is 52 years old, which is positive in comparison to the 77years age of his predecessor, and we can hope that he in some two decades gives up football and changes to the presidency of curling or boccia or boule or petanque !
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 4105 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 1538 times:
I am not sure this is a good thing. Platini is a friend of Sepp Blatter, and he especially tried to get many votes from the smaller UEFA members, by promising them to give the weaker leagues more places in the Champions League, increasing the Euro to 24 teams and other things.
I fear this could have a bad impact on the quality of European Football. While I understand that we shall not forget that also the smaller states are needed and have the same rights as the bigger onces, I fear that this can have a bad impact. Look on the world cup: The Euro 2002 had a higher quality than the last world Cup, because Asian and African teams are simply too weak. I fear that being too friendly to the weaker states is a big danger for European football.
Besides of that, I do not like this Blatter connection at all.
Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2263 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
I see it similar to you guys. Without knowing too much about the subject, I've so far always enjoyed the distanced position the UEFA took towards the FIFA.
While the FIFA took loads of unpopular decisions, the UEFA has always took a low-key, more humble approach, with more respect towards the member associations. The EURO and Champions League both are well-presented and marketed products and, at least in my eyes, give more room to the actual game, rather than to vanity and commerce off-pitch, as FIFA tends to do.
Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13918 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 1532 times:
Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 3): I am not sure this is a good thing. Platini is a friend of Sepp Blatter, and he especially tried to get many votes from the smaller UEFA members, by promising them to give the weaker leagues more places in the Champions League, increasing the Euro to 24 teams and other things.
That reminds me that in the end the DFB supported Johansson's bid for re-election. Even Franz Beckenbauer, who was elected as high UEFA representative to the FIFA executive committee and will join the executive committee in 2009, when Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder leaves, is very cautious with Platini and was almost speechless when Blatter declared his full support for Platini during the inaugural session of the assembly on Thursday. Plus, with Platini automatically becoming FIFA vice president, Blatter will have a new confidant on his side, who won't oppose him, unlike Lennart Johansson who openly protested against Blatter during the 2002 World Cup.
I hope for his sake that Platini won't be as radical as feared, and won't be influenced in his decision making by Septic Blatter. The UEFA deserves better, the same for FIFA.
is it a bad argument to be a friend of that football-veteran ?
Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 3): While I understand that we shall not forget that also the smaller states are needed and have the same rights as the bigger onces, I fear that this can have a bad impact. Look on the world cup: The Euro 2002 had a higher quality than the last world Cup, because Asian and African teams are simply too weak. I fear that being too friendly to the weaker states is a big danger for European football.
A) to have them, the "smaller" ones, in such competitions, gives those leagues the chance to improve
B) whether one Euro-Cup had a higher quality than the other, is up to the beholder. My impression in fact was rather the other way round
C) African and Asian teams in the World Cup nowadays get a chance to make experiences and gradually to improve
So that I do NOT see much of "danger" but more of improved chances and more interesting "cups"
there always have been "connections" in sports. I still remember old Avery Brundage, whose frozen and antique face could be seen on TV for many years. And who was rumoured to be still in charge due to his many "connections"
to me, Franz Beckenbauer and Platini in a way, independent of what exactly they are doing, were and are rivals in that field.
While Michel Platini possibly opens up some ways for "retiree" Zinedine Zidane. -- who knows !