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Michel François Platini is a former professional football player and administrator who played for several clubs, including AS Nancy, Saint-Étienne, and Juventus. During his tenure with Juventus, he led the team to a European Cup championship in 1985, and he was named the European Footballer of the Year three times in a row (1983–85). He played for the French national team from 1976 to 1987, scoring 41 goals in his international career. After retiring from football, Platini became the French national coach in 1988 and served as copresident of the organizing committee for the 1998 World Cup, which was hosted by France. Platini held a number of administrative positions in both FIFA and UEFA before he was elected UEFA president in 2007.
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