Swede Johansson’s Reign As UEFA President Over

After a reign lasting 16 years, and much pre-election intrigue, Sweden’s Lennart Johnasson has lost the top job in European football, the presidency of the game’s ruling body in Europe, UEFA.

After a reign lasting 16 years, and much pre-election intrigue, In Friday’s leadership vote, 77 year old Johansson was beaten by Michel Platini of France, a former European footballer of the year and French legend.

Platini had pledged to limit the number of champions league places to 3 from the current quota of four, an idea opposed by Johansson.

The 51 year old immediately invited Johansson to become an honorary president of Uefa.

Sweden still retains a vote in Europe, UEFA’s chief executive is Lars-Christer Olsson.