Lennart Johansson

Lennart Johansson
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Lennart Johansson in October 2013
Honorary President of UEFA
Assumed office
26 January 2007
President Michel Platini
Ángel María Villar (acting)
Aleksander Čeferin
5th President of UEFA
In office
19 April 1990 – 26 January 2007
Preceded by Jacques Georges
Succeeded by Michel Platini
Personal details
Born Nils Lennart Johansson
(1929-11-05) 5 November 1929 (age 88)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Football administrator (retired)

Nils Lennart Johansson (born 5 November 1929) was the fifth and, to date, the longest serving president of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, from his election at UEFA's Malta Congress in 1990 until 2007.

Career

He started as a leader in the sport of bandy in Sweden for his hometown team AIK. Johansson then came through the ranks in the Swedish Football Association, and served as the association's president between 1984 and 1991. Johansson is probably most famous[ citation needed] for starting the UEFA Champions League and for bringing the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship to his native Sweden. Johansson was named Honorary UEFA President by his successor Michel Platini at the Düsseldorf Congress in January 2007.

In October 2007, he was appointed chairman of a committee for bringing bandy into the Olympic programme. [1]

The Lennart Johansson Bowl (Lennart Johanssons pokal), the trophy awarded to the Swedish football champions each year since 2001, is named after him.

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