Montpellier’s surprise championship victory in France is proof that it takes more than money to win in soccer, Michel Platini, head of the sport’s European governing body, said today.
World Soccer governing body President Sepp Blatter congratulated his European counterpart on succeeding where deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffi failed.
Soccer clubs in Europe’s five biggest leagues slashed spending on player trades by 29 percent to 1.32 billion euros ($1.68 billion) in the offseason amid an economic decline, according to a report.
Soccer ruling body FIFA needs a “breath of fresh air” after Sepp Blatter’s 16-year leadership, Michel Platini, president of European authority UEFA said, according to the transcript of an interview with L’Equipe and Agence France-Presse.
UEFA agreed to start a soccer league for national teams from 2018 to replace six annual exhibition games that the European soccer ruling body’s president Michel Platini said are unpopular.
"That is FIFA, they do not want to clash with the Olympic Committee but the rest of the world wants to find the best solution for the football."
- Michel Platini on Nov 06, 2014