Platini confirmed that he would run for the UEFA presidency in July 2006. In the election in Düsseldorf on 26 January 2007, he defeated Lennart Johansson, who held the post for the previous 16 years, by 27 votes to 23. Michel Platini based his speech on virtues of solidarity and universality.
Platini has recently backed the 6+5 idea, six home international players and five foreign players, to be introduced in top flight teams in Europe.
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