List of FC Barcelona presidents

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"SPORT NOTES Our friend and partner, Mr. Kans Kamper, from the Foot-Vall Section of the <<Sociedad Los Deportes>> and former Swiss champion, wishing to organize some matches in Barcelona, requests that everyone who likes this sport contact him, come to this office Tuesday and Friday nights from 9 to 11."
Gamper's advertisement in Los Deportes
English translation:
"SPORT NOTE. Our friend and partner, Mr. Kans Kamper, from the Foot-Vall Section of the <<Sociedad Los Deportes>> and former Swiss champion, wishing to organize some matches in Barcelona, requests that everyone who likes this sport contact him, come to this office Tuesday and Friday nights from 9 to 11."

FC Barcelona, nicknamed "Barça", is a football club based in Barcelona, Spain that competes in La Liga, the most senior football league in Spain. Since its founding in 1899, the club has had 40 different presidents. The club is owned by the club-members of FC Barcelona, and similarly to a limited liability company, they elect the president by a ballot. The president has the responsibility for the overall management of the club, including formally signing contracts with players and staff. In Spain, it is customary for the president to watch the games in which the first-team participates, together with the president from the opposing team.

History[edit]

Photo of all presidents at the FC Barcelona museum

On 22 October 1899, Swiss sportsman Joan Gamper placed an advertisement in the Los Deportes newspaper declaring his wish to form a football club in the city. A positive response resulted in a meeting at the Gimnasio Solé on 29 November which eleven men attended, including Walter Wild, later to become the first president of the club, and Bartomeu Terradas, who became the second president. As a result of this meeting FC Barcelona was formed.[1]

In 1908, Gamper became club president for the first time, taking over the presidency to save the club from extinction.[1] The club had not won anything since the Campionat de Catalunya in 1905, and as a result was experiencing severe financial difficulties. Gamper was subsequently club president on five separate occasions between 1908 and 1925 and spent 26 years with the club. One of his main achievements was to help Barça acquire its own stadium and thus a way of generating stable income.[1] An annual pre-season competition, the Joan Gamper Trophy, has been held in his honour since 1966.[2]

The team won six Campionat de Catalunya titles between 1930 and 1938,[3] but success at national level (with the exception of the 1937 disputed title) evaded them. From the formation of La Liga until 1978, Barcelona had 20 different presidents, meaning each presidential period lasted on average two-and-a-half years. In 1978 Josep Lluís Núñez became the first elected president of FC Barcelona, and ever since members of the club have elected the club president. The process of electing a president of FC Barcelona was closely tied to Spain's transition to democracy in 1974 and the end of Franco's dictatorship. Núñez's main objective was to develop Barça into a world-class club by giving it stability both on and off the pitch.[4] His presidency lasted for 22 years, making him the longest-serving president.

After the departure of Núñez in 2000, his vice-president through 22 years, Joan Gaspart took over the club. During his presidency of the club, the team won no trophies and, after two-and-a-half years Gaspart resigned his position on 12 February 2003 when the team lay in 15th place, two points above relegation.[5] Enric Reyna was elected as temporary president until the board resigned on 5 May 2003. Hereafter an interim commission presided until the general elections were held.[6] On 15 June 2003 Joan Laporta entered office and was the most successful president in terms of Champions league trophies. The club won the Champions League twice within three years and completed an "unprecedented sextuple" by winning the 2008–09 La Liga, 2008–09 Copa del Rey, 2009 Supercopa de España, 2008–09 UEFA Champions League, 2009 UEFA Super Cup and 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.[7]

On 13 June 2010 Sandro Rosell was elected president of FC Barcelona with more than 60% of the vote of Barça's club members, and he formally took over the presidency on 1 July 2010.[8]

List of presidents[edit]

B&W photo of middleaged man standing on a pitch with a football
Joan Gamper was Barcelona's founder and one of the first players.
suntanned man in business suit with smiling happily
Joan Laporta was the most successful president in terms of trophies won per year.
man in business suit
Sandro Rosell, the previous president

Below is the official presidential history of FC Barcelona, from when Walter Wild took over at the club in 1899, until the present day.[9]

FC Barcelona Presidents
Name Nationality[n 1] From To Honours
Wild, WalterWalter Wild English 29 November 1899 25 April 1901
Terradas, BartomeuBartomeu Terradas Spanish 25 April 1901 5 September 1902
Haas, PaulPaul Haas German 5 September 1902 17 September 1903
Witty, ArthurArthur Witty English 17 September 1903 6 October 1905
Soler, JosepJosep Soler Spanish 6 October 1905 16 October 1906
Marial, JuliJuli Marial Spanish 16 October 1906 11 November 1908
Reig, VicençVicenç Reig Spanish 11 November 1908 2 December 1908
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss 2 December 1908 14 October 1909
Gmeling, OttoOtto Gmeling German 14 October 1909 17 November 1910 1 Copa del Rey
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss 17 November 1910 30 June 1913 2 Copa del Rey
Moxó, Francesc deFrancesc de Moxó Spanish 30 June 1913 30 July 1914
Presta, ÀlvarÀlvar Presta Spanish 30 July 1914 29 September 1914
Vargas, Joaquim Peris deJoaquim Peris de Vargas Spanish 29 September 1914 29 June 1915
Llopart, RafaelRafael Llopart Spanish 29 June 1915 25 June 1916
Rosés, GasparGaspar Rosés Spanish 25 June 1916 17 June 1917
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss 17 June 1917 10 June 1919
Graells, RicardRicard Graells Spanish 10 June 1919 27 June 1920 1 Copa del Rey
Rosés, GasparGaspar Rosés Spanish 27 June 1920 17 July 1921
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss 17 July 1921 29 July 1923 1 Copa del Rey
Cardona, EricEric Cardona Spanish 29 July 1923 1 June 1924
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss 1 June 1924 17 December 1925 1 Copa del Rey
Balaguer, ArcadiArcadi Balaguer Spanish 17 December 1925 23 March 1929 2 Copa del Rey
Rosés, TomàsTomàs Rosés Spanish 23 March 1929 30 June 1930 1 La Liga
Rosés, GasparGaspar Rosés Spanish 30 June 1930 22 October 1931
Oliver, AntoniAntoni Oliver Spanish 22 October 1931 20 December 1931
Coma, JoanJoan Coma Spanish 20 December 1931 16 July 1934
Sala, EsteveEsteve Sala Spanish 16 July 1934 27 July 1935
Sunyol, JosepJosep Sunyol Spanish 27 July 1935 6 August 1936
Managing Commission[10] 0N/A 6 August 1936 6 May 1939
Soler, JoanJoan Soler Spanish 6 May 1939 13 March 1940
Piñeyro, EnriqueEnrique Piñeyro Spanish 13 March 1940 10 July 1942 1 Copa del Rey
Vidal-Ribas, JosepJosep Vidal-Ribas Spanish 10 July 1942 13 August 1942
Piñeyro, EnriqueEnrique Piñeyro Spanish 13 August 1942 20 August 1943
Albert, Josep Antoni deJosep Antoni de Albert Spanish 20 August 1943 20 September 1943
Vendrell, JosepJosep Vendrell Spanish 20 September 1943 20 September 1946 1 La Liga, 1 Copa Eva Duarte
Montal Galobart, AgustíAgustí Montal Galobart Spanish 20 September 1946 16 July 1952 3 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Copa Eva Duarte
Martí Carreto, EnricEnric Martí Carreto Spanish 16 July 1952 22 September 1953 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Copa Eva Duarte
Miró-Sans, FrancescFrancesc Miró-Sans Spanish 22 September 1953 28 February 1961 2 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Fairs Cup
Llaudet, EnricEnric Llaudet Spanish 28 February 1961 17 January 1968 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Fairs Cup
Carreras, Narcís deNarcís de Carreras Spanish 17 January 1968 18 December 1969 1 Copa del Rey
Montal Costa, AgustíAgustí Montal Costa Spanish 18 December 1969 18 December 1977 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey
Carrasco, RaimonRaimon Carrasco Spanish 18 December 1977 1 July 1978 1 Copa del Rey
Núñez, Josep LluísJosep Lluís Núñez Spanish 1 July 1978 23 July 2000 7 La Liga, 6 Copa del Rey, 2 Copa de la Liga, 5 Spanish Supercup, 1 European Cup, 4 Cup Winners' Cup, 2 UEFA Super Cup
Gaspart, JoanJoan Gaspart Spanish 23 July 2000 12 February 2003
Reyna, EnricEnric Reyna Spanish 12 February 2003 6 May 2003
Managing Commission[11] 0N/A 6 May 2003 15 June 2003
Laporta, JoanJoan Laporta[n 2] Spanish 15 June 2003 30 June 2010 4 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 3 Spanish Supercup, 2 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Rosell, SandroSandro Rosell Spanish 30 June 2010 23 January 2014 2 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 Spanish Supercup, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup
Bartomeu, Josep MariaJosep Maria Bartomeu Spanish 23 January 2014 Present

Notes[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The information in the nationality column is according to how they were then referred to, and may not reflect their then, or current, citizenship or birthplace
  2. ^ From 30 June 2006 to 22 August 2006, FC Barcelona was controlled by a managing commission[12]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c "Origins (1899-1922)". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Lozano Ferrer, Carles et al (19 February 2010). "Trofeo Joan Gamper (Barcelona-Spain) 1966–2008". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Ferrer, Carles Lozano (22 October 2009). "Spain – Final Tables Catalonia". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "75th Anniversary to the European Cup (1974-1992)". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Barca boss Gaspart steps down immediately". CNN. 12 February 2003. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Presidency of Eric Reyna". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kings, queens and a young prince". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 23 December 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sandro Rosell elected as new Barcelona president". BBC News. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Presidents" (PDF) (in Catalan). FC Barcelona. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Managing Commission (1936-1939)". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Interim administrative committee". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Managing Commission (2006)". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 June 2010.