The Swede Lennart Johansson, former president of the European football federation, UEFA, at the age of 89 and died. The Swedish football association on Wednesday announced.
“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson is dead. He was on the night of the 4th of June put to sleep after a short illness, was reported to the federation.
Johansson has led the union from april 1990 to January 2007, making it the longest-sitting president of the post-history. He was succeeded in turn by the Frenchman, Michel Platini. Who appointed him to the president of the European football association.
The founder of the League of Champions
The meeting was chaired by Johansson in 1992, and the successful Champions ‘ League was introduced. The Swede was also the vice-president of the Wereldvoetbalbond to FIFA, and did so in 1998, with a shot at the presidency. But the election it lost at a later stage in the discredited Joseph Blatter.
In Sweden it gets to the win a national championship since 2001 with the Lennart Johansson Trophy. In 2007, Johansson is included in the Swedish Hall of Fame for football and soccer.
“It is a loss to the sport
The post leave it in a comment called “hugely saddened” by the death of Johansson. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Lennart and the whole of the voetbalfamilie. This is a huge loss for the sport.”
As a tribute this week is for all UEFA matches, including the finals, in the Nations League, with a minute’s silence will be held.