By Peter Stevenson
PHILIPPOS Stavrou’s museum dedicated to Michel Platini may see him enter the Guinness Book of World Records on Sunday morning for collecting a large amount of memorabilia on the UEFA president.
A video will be recorded and sent to Guinness of the museum in Mosfiloti devoted to the former France national team captain to see if Stavrou can break the record for the largest collection of sporting memorabilia.
The process began a year ago and the current record is held by Fernando Da Silva who had collected 1,625 items related to Portuguese club Benfica five years ago.
The museum contains a raft of pictures, posters, jerseys and footballs autographed by the great man himself, all carefully and neatly arranged.
Visitors to the museum can also try food from Stavrou’s coffeeshop and snack bar which also doubles as the House of Platini.
It’s taken Stavrou more than 20 years to craft this extraordinary memorial in honour of Platini, who shot to fame as star of Italian club Juventus and a member of the French national team in the late 1970s and the 1980s, taking part in three World Cups.
Stavrou estimates that his museum contains far more pieces of memorabilia on Platini than Da Silva has on Benfica and is the reason why he began the process of attempting to break the Guinness World Record.
Back in 2009, Stavrou’s dream came true when he met Platini in the flesh. He had received a call from UEFA vice chairman Marios Lefkaritis informing him he would be paying him a visit.
“When Lefkaritis arrived, he got out of the car, paused and said ‘Look who’s here’. And lo and behold, out comes Michel Platini. As soon as I saw him I screamed ‘Michel’! I think the entire village must have heard me,” Stavrou said.
Stavrou described it as the greatest day in his life. He claims the whole setup was a surprise. It was Lefkaritis who had arranged the meeting. The UEFA Vice Chairman told his boss Platini about Stavrou, and the Frenchman was intrigued enough to agree to visit Mosfiloti, a place he’d most likely never heard of.
According to Stavrou, he has completed all of the procedures required by Guinness other than sending them the video.
On Sunday morning the museum’s official certification will take place in the presence of various MPs. The event is open to the public and is being organised by the community leader of Mosfiloti, followed by a reception open to the public.
The event at the Platini Museum is open to the public and following the recording, Stavrou-Platini will host a reception to all that will honour him with their presence.