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Michel Francois Platini was born on the 21st June 1955 in Joeuf France where he began his football career playing for his local junior team. A superlative free kick specialist he would be renowned for his precision and expertise so securing him a career in both club football as well as for his country. His fathers club Nancy gave Platini a place in the reserve side in 1972 where he made a great impression on the people that mattered by scoring a hat trick so giving him the chance to gain a place in the first team playing his league debut against Nimes on May 3rd 1972.

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Injury was to dog Platini's start in the league as the following season he was out for the whole time when he sustained a broken arm and Nancy were relegated making this a bad start to Platini's top flight career.

The following season things began to look up as scoring 17 goals helped Nancy to regain their position in Ligue 1.Platini also excelled at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 which sealed his position with Nancy culminating in the signing of a permanent contract with the club leading on to captaining the side to victory in the French Cup against Nice where he scored the winning (only) goal of the final.

His next move came in 1979 after the World Cup when Platini moved to Sainte Etienne where during his 3 year stay he won the league but European success eluded him despite 6-0 and 5-0 wins respectively over PSV Eindhoven and Hamburg finally seeing Platini move to Juventus which would be his final transfer in league football while also being his most successful.

Platini had a baptism of fire in his first few months at Juventus as he was followed everywhere by the media but as success ensued so his popularity grew especially as Juventus lifted the Italian Cup while also getting to the European cup final. The 1984, 1986 league titles followed while the absolute pinnacle of his career saw him lift aloft the 1985 European Cup.

Platini's international career spanned from 1976 -1987 beginning at the 76 Olympics. As French captain he led the team to the 1982 World Cup finals where they were beaten in the semi finals on penalties 5-4 by West Germany. The European championships followed in 1984 where Platini led his side to victory winning the tournament in their own country. He was instrumental in France's performance scoring 2 hat tricks plus a goal in the final match which proved what a world class player of superiority he was.

Platini was also a pivotal player for France in the 1986 World Cup finals even though he was dogged by injury throughout and in excruciating pain at times while France came a respectable third in the tournament. Platini retired from International football in 1987 having scored 41 goals for France during his career which is a fantastic achievement any player would be proud of.

Coaching the French national side followed 1988-92 although it was a largely lean period for the team without noticeable success in the coaching arena that he had enjoyed as a player. Platini then worked his way up the administrative ladder culminating in the UEFA Presidency in 2007.

Statistics of Interest regarding the career of Michel Platini are as follows:

  1. 1976 - French Player of the Year
  2. 1977
    • France Football French Player of the Year
    • L'Équipe French Champion of Champions
  3. 1979 - Selected in FIFA XI to play Argentina
  4. 1983
    • (top scorer) in Italian championship (16 goals)
    • Coppa Super Clubs player of the tournament
    • European Championship top goal scorer (9 goals)
    • European Footballer of the Year
    • Guerin Sportivo magazine's player of the Italian championship
    • L'Équipe French Champion of Champions
    • Onze d'Or
    • World Soccer Player of the Year
  5. 1984 - Captained and won Euro 1984 with France scoring nine goals in the tournament
  6. 1985
    • Capocannoniere (top scorer) in Italian championship (18 goals)
    • Chevron Award (best goal per game ratio in Italian league)
    • European Cup top scorer (7 goals)
    • Ballon d'Or
    • Onze d'Or
    • World Football Player of the Year
  7. 1988 - Officer of the Legion of Honour
  8. 1991
    • El País European Coach of the Year
    • World Soccer Manager of the Year
  9. 2003 - Artemio Franchi Prize
  10. 2004 - Named in FIFA 100
  11. 2007 - Elected UEFA President.
  12. 2008 - Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, voted All-Time Great European Footballer. Platini is the only player outside England to receive this award

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