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German football federation backs Johansson over Platini

3 January 2007 07:44

The German football federation (DFB) will back current UEFA president Lennart Johansson when his post comes up for re-election this month.

French legend Michel Platini, the former St Etienne and Juventus midfielder, is challenging Johansson for the powerful position with the election due on January 26. Johansson, a 77-year-old Swede, has been in the job since 1990.

"The DFB supports Lennart Johansson, a person we consider contributes to stability," DFB president Theo Zwanziger said in a statement to bi-weekly football magazine Kicker.

Zwanziger warned that whatever the outcome of the election, UEFA could still be confronted by a "division".

"That would be negative for football in Europe and for the weight of UEFA in talks with the European Union on important matters," he said.

"We still have to convince European political institutions and governments that sport plays a role in bringing people together and does not revolve solely around money."

The vote later this month will be decided by the representatives of the 52 European football federations.

- AFP

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