Breaking: Lennart Johansson, former UEFA president passes away after brief illness

Breaking: Lennart Johansson, former UEFA president passes away after brief illness

- Lennart Johansson has been reported dead after brief illness

- The late administrator was the president of UEFA for 17 good years

- During the period, he introduced Champions League football and stepped down from his position in 2007

Former UEFA president Lennart Johansson has been reported dead at the age of 89 after a brief illness.

The Swede was said to have been responsible for the introduction of Champions League championship during his tenure.

He was in charge of the European body for almost two decades after assuming the post in 1990 and stepped down in 2007.

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According to AP news, the late administrator was said to have died during his sleep, although has been battling an undisclosed illness.

Swedish Football Association president Karl-Erik Nilsson says "Lennart Johansson was our biggest international football leader of all time, no Swedish has had a similar influence on football in the world.

"He was deeply respected as UEFA president and vice president of FIFA, his leadership has aroused admiration worldwide."

Johansson sought re-election in 2007 but was beaten Michel Platini as his 17 year reign on the sit of UEFA ended.

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A year later, he contested for the FIFA presidency, but bowed to Sepp Blatter, who emerged victorious at the end of the election.

Johansson did reshape European soccer with a radical transformation of the European Cup into the Champions League in 1992 and the eventual expansion that saw non-domestic champions given the entry.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has been reported dead after losing battle to dementia on Friday, April 12.

The 74-year-old former midfielder spent spent close to two decades representing the Reds and made 638 appearances for the Anfield side.

Smith joined the Merseyside club as a youth player in 1960, and just two years after shining at the academy level, he was promoted into the main team.

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