Successful Laporta returns after eleven years as President FC Barcelona

Joan Laporta was chosen on Sunday as the new president of FC Barcelona. The 58-year-old lawyer received by far the most votes out of 110,000 in the presidential elections of the Catalan top club socios.

Laporta was the big favorite beforehand and settled with entrepreneur Víctor Font and former director Toni Freixa, the only other candidates left for the presidency.

Laporta was also president of Barcelona from 2003 to 2010. The club enjoyed great success under his rule. For example, the Champions League was won twice and the national title four times. At the time, he was responsible for the appointment of trainers Frank Rijkaard and Josep Guardiola.

The appointment of Laporta is good news for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, because at the end of last year he already expressed his support for the former national coach of the Dutch national team. “He deserves respect and is one of the greats of Barcelona. He has a contract and we have to realize that we are in a very difficult situation. He is our trainer,” he said at the time.

Laporta also still has faith in star player Lionel Messi, who wanted to leave last summer. “Lionel is not just thinking about money. He wants to play in a competitive team. I am sure he will consider my offer, just as I am sure he will leave if another candidate wins,” he said earlier. week.

Laporta succeeds stepped-up Bartomeu

Laporta is the successor of Josep María Bartomeu, who left under great pressure at the end of October. The Spaniard’s position came under increasing pressure, especially due to his feud with Messi.

Bartomeu left Barcelona in serious financial trouble and was questioned by the Spanish police last week. He is suspected of having hired a lot of money during his time as chairman of a company that launched an online smear campaign against his opponents, including Messi, Gerard Piqué and former players such as Xavi and Pep Guardiola.

While it is very restless at Barcelona on an administrative level, it is going very well in the sporting field. FC Barcelona is second in La Liga and is three points behind leader Atlético Madrid, which earlier on Sunday drew 1-1 in the derby against Real Madrid. Atlético did play a game less than ‘Barça’.

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