Lennart Johansson †

Lennart Johansson
Lennart Johansson ©UEFA

Lennart Johansson (Sweden)
UEFA President from 19 April 1990 to 26 January 2007

• Lennart Johansson was President of UEFA for 17 years. Born on 5 November 1929 in Bromma, a suburb of Stockholm, his love of football has seen him remain loyal to his hometown club - Swedish outfit AIK Solna – for more than 50 years. After gaining his initial administrative experience with AIK Solna, Mr Johansson came through the ranks in the Swedish Football Association (SvFF), and served as the association's president between 1984 and 1991. Establishing a reputation as a strong, capable leader who refused to shy away from difficult decisions, his skills were noticed at a wider, European level as he became involved in UEFA activities. Mr Johannson was elected as UEFA's fifth President at the Malta Congress in 1990, and he held the position until January 2007.

• During his term of office, the face of the European game changed completely, in sporting and commercial terms. UEFA itself developed from being a purely administrative body in a suburb of the Swiss federal capital Berne to a dynamic modern business enterprise based at the House of European Football in Nyon, on the banks of Lake Geneva in western Switzerland.

• While Mr Johansson was at the helm, the UEFA Champions League was launched at the start of the 1990s and turned into the world's most prestigious club competition, a blue-riband sporting and commercial event bringing together the best players on the planet and followed by millions of football enthusiasts.

• National-team football also flourished, with the UEFA European Championship final round growing into one of the most popular events on the world sporting calendar alongside the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games. Mr Johansson was named Honorary UEFA President by his successor Michel Platini at the Düsseldorf Congress in January 2007. He passed away on 4 June 2019 at the age of 89.