The man behind creating the Champions League format Lennart Johansson left everybody in mourning as he sadly past away at the age of 89 on June 4, 2019 after suffering from a short illness.
The President of Swedish Football Association, Karl-Erik Nilsson said on the biggest loss for whole football universe, “Lennart Johansson was our biggest international football leader of all time, no Swedish has had a similar influence on football in the world”. Further he also added, “he was deeply respected as UEFA president and vice president of FIFA, his leadership has aroused admiration worldwide”.
Curating the Champions League format was one of the greatest achievements for Johansson as he wanted to eliminate the European Cup tournament in that era. Gradually, the format became bigger and better with every passing season after the enthusiastic participation of international players. Now the league has emerged as the most lucrative and prestigious competition which every national or international player wants to play.
Johansson took the tournament to the ultimate level of success in 2010 as the league popularized in 200 countries and every renowned football club dreams to play in the finals of Champion League.
The legend started his career with bandy sport in Sweden and later became the president of the Swedish Football Association between 1984 to 1991. After reigning at the position of President in Swedish association, Johansson introduced the European championship to the country in 1992. Not only this, the Swedish League trophy was also named after him in 2001 after his great career stint in football.
The Sweden-born expert was the longest-serving president of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) who held the honorary position from 1990 till 2007. In January 2007, the position was given to Michel Platini from Düsseldorf Congress.
Currently, Liverpool FC has become the 2019 UEFA Champions League title winner after defeating Tottenham Hotspur at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 2, 2019. The premier league club Liverpool lifted the Champions League trophy for the sixth time after defeating the Spurs by a 2-0 win. The winning goal by star player Divock Origi at 87th minute sealed the game successfully with easy triumph under reds account.