Joan Laporta Officially Announces Candidacy for Barcelona Presidency

Joan Laporta Officially Announces Candidacy for Barcelona Presidency
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Joan Laporta Officially Announces Candidacy for Barcelona Presidency

Joan Laporta Formally Publicizes Candidacy for Barcelona Presidency

Joan Laporta has formally introduced his candidacy for the position of Barcelona president in January’s elections.

A former politician and lawyer, Laporta served as Barça president between 2003 and 2010 in what was a golden interval within the membership’s historical past.

The Blaugrana received two Champions League titles beneath his reign, in addition to 4 La Liga titles. Laporta’s Barcelona turned world well-known for his or her reliance on homegrown merchandise, whereas he can also declare to have given Pep Guardiola his first position in administration.

In his first time period, Laporta additionally launched Unicef as Barcelona’s equipment sponsor and later criticised the membership for ditching the charity deal in favour of business companions the Qatar Basis.

“I’m operating for elections as a result of I really like the membership,” Laporta mentioned at his official announcement, by way of Soccer España.

“We’ve the preparation, expertise and willpower mandatory for the modifications that the membership want. We’ve a plan. The plan is to work.

“I need to unite all Barça followers. This isn’t the time to reproach or look again. Within the Barça that we suggest, everybody matches.

Barcelona's former President Joan Laport
Joan Laporta alongisde Lionel Messi throughout his first time period as president | JOSEP LAGO/Getty Photos

“Our plan is to convey again happiness to the individuals. It’s not a easy election promise. It’s an moral, civic, ethical, social and united dedication.”

Laporta additionally revealed that he has not but spoken with membership captain and talisman Lionel Messi about his run for the highest job.

“I’ve but to talk with Messi,” he mentioned. “We respect one another and we respect one another. He has time to resolve – I’m ready to have the boldness of the socios.

“Messi loves Barça and I’m positive that the membership can provide him a chance. I see myself able to, on the proper second, having a dialog with him. I do know we can provide one another some margin, something can occur in life.”

Angel Maria Villar, Joan Laporta, Johan Cruyff, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon
Laporta with the Champions League trophy | Angel Martinez/Getty Photos

Barça will maintain elections on January 24 to search out Josep Maria Bartomeu’s successor. The a lot maligned Bartomeu resigned because the membership’s chief again in October, following appreciable strain from gamers, supporters and fellow board members.

Alongside Laporta the likes of Victor Font, Toni Freixa, Agusti Benedito, Jordi Farre, Lluis Fernandez Ala, Xavier Vilajoana and Pere Riera are additionally within the operating to succeed Bartomeu.

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