Mishel Platini

Mishel Platini

UEFA President
Date of Birth: 21.06.1955
Country: France

Biography of Michel Platini

Michel Francois Platini was born on June 21, 1955, in Joeuf, a city in northeastern France. He is the son of Anna and Aldo Platini, who were of Italian descent. He grew up in a family where football was a significant part of their lives, as his father was a football player and later a coach. Besides football, his father was also a mathematics teacher. Michel's passion for the sport began at a young age when his father took him to a match and he witnessed the skill of a renowned player.

At the age of 9, Platini played his first "official" match and scored two goals. He joined the local club Joeuf in September 1966 and continued to train relentlessly. Despite being the smallest among his peers, he quickly gained a reputation for his talent and received various nicknames, including "Little Prince of the Round Ball" and "Peleatini." In 1972, Platini joined the Nancy club and quickly made a name for himself, helping the team achieve success and promotion to the top French league.

In 1978, Platini made his debut in the French national team and also participated in the FIFA World Cup held in Argentina. Although France did not progress past the group stage, Platini scored his first goal in a World Cup match against the eventual champions, Argentina. He continued to excel in both the national team and his club career, winning titles and becoming a prolific goalscorer.

Platini's career reached its peak in the early 1980s when he joined the Italian club Juventus. He won numerous trophies with the team, including the UEFA Cup, the European Cup, and several Italian Serie A titles. In 1984, he led the French national team to victory in the UEFA European Championship, where he scored nine goals and earned the nickname "Platoche." However, his achievements were overshadowed by the tragic events during the 1985 European Cup final, where 39 people lost their lives due to hooliganism.

After retiring as a player in 1987, Platini briefly pursued a career as a coach for the French national team from 1988 to 1992. He later became involved in football administration, serving on various committees and becoming a vice-president of the French Football Federation. In 2007, he was elected as the president of UEFA and implemented various changes to European club competitions. However, his tenure was marred by controversy and allegations of corruption, leading to his suspension from football-related activities in 2015.

Throughout his career, Platini received numerous individual accolades, including three consecutive Ballon d'Or awards and being named the best player in the history of French football. He is married to Christele and has two children, Laurent and Marine. In addition to his passion for football, Platini is also a lover of golf, fine food, and wine.