Lennart Johansson, former president of UEFA, has died, the Swedish football federation announced on Wednesday.
Concise News reports that Johansson was UEFA boss from 1990 to 2007 and died at the age of 89.
“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said.
Johansson’s long reign coincided with a transformation in the finances of football as the game became big business and saw a huge increase in TV revenue.
In 1998, he was defeated by Sepp Blatter in his bid to become head of football’s global body FIFA.
Johansson was an outspoken critic of Blatter, who was forced out of office in 2015 following accusations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.