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Michel Platini to stand for re-election as Uefa boss

Michel Platini
Platini is the sixth man elected to Uefa's highest office since 1954

Uefa president Michel Platini will stand for a second term in office when his current stint ends next year.

Platini confirmed his decision at the annual congress of European football's governing body in Israel on Thursday.

The 54-year-old Frenchman, who took over from Lennart Johansson in 2007, is expected to be unopposed when the decision is made in May 2011 In Paris.

"I am happy man, a happy president and happy to work with you," Platini told Uefa delegates in Tel Aviv.

"There is more work to do, so I am happy to announce to you that I am a candidate for re-election to the presidency of Uefa."

At a media briefing he said: "The biggest challenge for me was to decide whether to run again.

"I am a happy man, I have done many things, and there are great things to do ahead, and I said to myself I will be a candidate again.

"For me, I had to say it today. Many people have asked me, will I stay at Uefa, will I go to [world governing body] Fifa, will I go to [former club] Juventus, will I be a senator, or become a Member of Parliament.

"Now I have a year to prepare my programme. This was not an electoral congress today but I had to say I was going to run again."

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