The Italian experience was an opportunity for enrichment in terms of both tactics and temperament for him. Platini was born in Joeuf, France, his family having emigrated from Italy. From his childhood he rose through an extraordinary career to the national team, showing his talent at the 1984 European championship and then finally at the top of world soccer politics. His unrivalled skill and class did the rest. It isn’t necessary to mention the three Golden Soccer Ball awards presented to him for three years running to explain why Platini, along with Johan Cruijff, Franz Beckenbauer and Marco Van Basten, is one of the greatest European soccer players in the last thirty years.
Michel Platini is an intelligent and witty man, never trivial in his answers and proposals. His personality on the playing field was commended along with extraordinary actions that were always well-targeted. There are memorable snapshots of his epic: the three goals against Yugoslavia in the 1984 European Championship and the acrobatic goal against Argentinos Junior which, when unjustly cancelled, caused him to lie on the ground and look at the referee with a mocking look that would have deserved 5 red cards and an Oscar award for performance. He was sincere with others and with himself, even in the most difficult of moments, such as the aftermath of the Heysel stadium fire.
After five seasons with Juventus, Platini decided to pull the plug in 1987, his reason being “because I felt emptied”. In the same year he was appointed the French National Coach, which he relinquished after the 1992 European Championship. In 1998, he was the co-organiser for the World Cup held in France and he was also elected as a European member of the FIFA executive committee and on to UEFA's executive committees. He never broke the special ties he had with Italy and still talks to Mr. Agnelli, his leading fan, and he never deprived Juventus of his expertise (he had suggested Zidane). After twenty years, it is difficult to think of a reason as to why there isn’t a single football supporter (not only of Juventus) who does not bow to the greatness of Platini.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.33 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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