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French TV visits ‘Platini’s museum’ in Mosfiloti

Philippos Stavrou

French television TV 2 is preparing a 55 minute documentary on the life and career of French footballing legend, and current UEFA President, Michel Platini.

Having already visited Nancy, Saint Etienne and Torino where Platini made a name for himself playing for Juventus, TV 2 knew that no Platini documentary would be complete without visiting the Platini Museum in Mosfiloti!

TV 2 sent a three-crew team to Cyprus to visit the museum and talk to its founder and owner, Philippos Stavrou.

“They told me initially that they needed five hours for the filming…they were here for eight and if it weren’t for the Cup final they would probably still be here,” joked Philippos.

“They were so meticulous and professional in their work. Some stuff they filmed over and over again until they got it just right. They even asked me to drive around the village in my ‘museum car’.”

Philippos is also waiting for a reply from the Guinness World Book of Records to see if his museum will be listed in the 2015 edition as the ‘museum with the most football exhibits’. During an official count last November there were 21,137 exhibits and since then a further 500 have been added. The exhibits include gigantic posters, badges, shirts, flags, stamps, coins, newspaper articles, scarves and even a suit that Michel Platini wore to an UEFA function!

The French TV crew said they were puzzled why this unique shrine to Platini is not attracting worldwide attention. If the 22,000 or so exhibits are not enough to convince you to make the 20 minute drive from Nicosia (or four hour flight from Paris!) then perhaps the superb souvlaki on offer at Philippos’ bar/café right next to the museum will do the trick!

The museum is open seven days a week from 14:00 onwards and admission is free.
For more information call 00357 99 581363

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