Josep Lluís Núñez

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This is a Catalan name. The first family name is Núñez and the second is Clemente.
35th President of FC Barcelona
In office
1 July 1978 – 23 July 2000
Preceded by Raimon Carrasco
Succeeded by Joan Gaspart
Personal details
Born José Luís Núñez Clemente
(1931-09-07) 7 September 1931 (age 83)
Barakaldo, Basque Country, Spain
Nationality Spanish

José Luis Núñez Clemente (born on 7 September 1931 in Barakaldo, Spain), often known by the Catalanized form of his name used by the Catalan press, Josep Lluís Núñez i Clemente, was president of FC Barcelona between 1978 and 2000. Núñez used to own the Núñez i Navarro construction company (Navarro being his wife) and Núñez i Navarro Hotels chain. He was elected club president on 1 July 1978 despite having no previous connection with the club. His main objectives were to establish Barça as a world class sports club and to give the club financial stability. [1]

Presidency[edit]

Núñez oversaw one of the club's most successful eras and has been Barça’s most successful president in terms of winning trophies. During his presidency, the club’s four professional teams amassed 176 trophies – 30 in football, 36 in basketball, 65 in handball and 45 in roller hockey. This included a remarkable quartet in 1999, the club’s centenary year, when the four teams were all crowned champions of Spain. FC Barcelona were also European football champions in 1992.

During his presidency, FC Barcelona membership increased from 77,905 to 106,000, leading to the increase in the capacity of the Camp Nou stadium. The number of penyes (fan clubs) also increased from 96 based in Spain to over 1,300 based throughout the world. Núñez gave the club a solid economical base and increased the club's wealth. The club built the Mini Estadi in 1982, opened the FC Barcelona Museum in 1984, expanded the Palau Blaugrana to a capacity of 8,500, bought the land where Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper would be established, and opened the La Masia, a residence for young players.[2]

Hesperia Mutiny[edit]

Nuñez was re-elected twice without opposition, but in 1988 he had to face the players rebellion known as the Hesperia Mutiny (named after the hotel where the players reunited), which ended with the dismissal of almost all the team (only goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta survived). Afterward, he hired Johan Cruyff as coach, and the club saw the golden era of the Dream Team, which won the club's first European Cup in 1992. In 1989, he won the re-election against rival Sixte Cambra, and was again re-elected without opposition in 1993. The next year, he started the F.C. Barcelona Foundation, to prevent the conversion of the club to a private-owned sporting society, per the new Spanish law.

Disagreements with Cruyff forced the coach's dismissal, and since then Nuñez had to face the open opposition led by the former coach. In 1997, he was reelected for the last time, winning against rival Àngel Fernández. Months later, he survived a vote of no-confidence instigated by opponent platform "L'Elefant Blau", one of whose leaders, Joan Laporta, would become the club's president several years later.

He hired first Bobby Robson and then Louis van Gaal as coaches. But the lack of titles in van Gaal's third year and his lack of understanding with the fans forced his dismissal, and that of Nuñez himself, tired of being pressured. In 2000 he resigned after 22 years as club president.[2]

Criticism[edit]

Despite his achievements, Nuñez was not always popular. His refusal to pay high wages gained him many critics and saw the departure of players like Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, Bernd Schuster, Hristo Stoichkov and Luís Figo.

Trophies won by club during presidency[edit]

Trial[edit]

In July 2011, Núñez was sentenced to 6 years in jail following conviction on a series of fraud charges.[3] The sentence was appealed and Núñez was allowed bail.[4] In November 2014, he entered in jail.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (18 May 1978). "Albert Párera, presidente azujlgrana de la comision deportiva". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish) (Grupo Godo). Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Staff. "Josep Lluís Núñez (1978-2000)". fcbarcelona.cat (in Catalan). FC Barcelona. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Condenan a seis años de cárcel a José Luis Núñez". Diario AS (in Spanish) (Madrid: Grupo Prisa). EFE. 28 July 2001. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Guil, Janot (30 July 2011). "Núñez e hijo eluden por ahora la cárcel". ABC (in Spanish) (Madrid: ABC Periódico Electrónico S.L.U.). Retrieved 9 August 2011. 

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Preceded by
Raimon Carrasco
President of FC Barcelona
1978–2000
Succeeded by
Joan Gaspart