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Platini to continue as UEFA president

Michel Platini has overseen a variety of changes since taking over as UEFA president in 2007.
Michel Platini has overseen a variety of changes since taking over as UEFA president in 2007.
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  • Michel Platini will continue as UEFA president for another four years
  • Frenchman Platini was re-elected unopposed when the declaration deadline passed
  • The 55-year-old succeeded Sweden's Lennart Johansson as president in 2007
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(CNN) -- European football's governing body UEFA has confirmed that Michel Platini will continue as president for another four years.

Frenchman Platini was re-elected unopposed when the declaration deadline passed at midnight on December 22, and his term will be officially confirmed on March 22 at the UEFA congress in Paris.

A UEFA statement read: "As of December 23, only one candidate has been announced. UEFA president Michel Platini will be seeking a second four-year term of office from 2011 to 2015."

Platini, one of France's greatest players, succeeded Sweden's Lennart Johansson as president in 2007 and he has helped European and world football undertake some major changes during his tenure so far.

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Among these changes, the 55-year-old has overseen the increase of teams at the Euro 2016 finals from 16 to 24, while the Champions League now has more clubs from smaller nations in the group stages.

However, the biggest change comes into force in 2012, when UEFA's financial fair-play rules come into effect.

From then, clubs in Europe will be limited to spending what they earn, although there will be some flexibility in the first few years.