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 October 22, 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 November 29 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 February 12, 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 May 5, 2003. Hereafter an interim commission presided until the general elections were held.[6] On June 15, 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 June 13, 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 July 1, 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 November 29, 1899 April 25, 1901
Terradas, BartomeuBartomeu Terradas Spanish April 25, 1901 September 5, 1902
Haas, PaulPaul Haas German September 5, 1902 September 17, 1903
Witty, ArthurArthur Witty English September 17, 1903 October 6, 1905
Soler, JosepJosep Soler Spanish October 6, 1905 October 16, 1906
Marial, JuliJuli Marial Spanish October 16, 1906 November 11, 1908
Reig, VicençVicenç Reig Spanish November 11, 1908 December 2, 1908
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss December 2, 1908 October 14, 1909
Gmeling, OttoOtto Gmeling German October 14, 1909 November 17, 1910 1 Copa del Rey
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss November 17, 1910 June 30, 1913 2 Copa del Rey
Moxó, Francesc deFrancesc de Moxó Spanish June 30, 1913 July 30, 1914
Presta, ÀlvarÀlvar Presta Spanish July 30, 1914 September 29, 1914
Vargas, Joaquim Peris deJoaquim Peris de Vargas Spanish September 29, 1914 June 29, 1915
Llopart, RafaelRafael Llopart Spanish June 29, 1915 June 25, 1916
Rosés, GasparGaspar Rosés Spanish June 25, 1916 June 17, 1917
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss June 17, 1917 June 10, 1919
Graells, RicardRicard Graells Spanish June 10, 1919 June 27, 1920 1 Copa del Rey
Rosés, GasparGaspar Rosés Spanish June 27, 1920 July 17, 1921
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss July 17, 1921 July 29, 1923 1 Copa del Rey
Cardona, EricEric Cardona Spanish July 29, 1923 June 1, 1924
Gamper, JoanJoan Gamper Swiss June 1, 1924 December 17, 1925 1 Copa del Rey
Balaguer, ArcadiArcadi Balaguer Spanish December 17, 1925 March 23, 1929 2 Copa del Rey
Rosés, TomàsTomàs Rosés Spanish March 23, 1929 June 30, 1930 1 La Liga
Rosés, GasparGaspar Rosés Spanish June 30, 1930 October 22, 1931
Oliver, AntoniAntoni Oliver Spanish October 22, 1931 December 20, 1931
Coma, JoanJoan Coma Spanish December 20, 1931 July 16, 1934
Sala, EsteveEsteve Sala Spanish July 16, 1934 July 27, 1935
Sunyol, JosepJosep Sunyol Spanish July 27, 1935 August 6, 1936
Managing Commission[10] 0N/A August 6, 1936 May 6, 1939
Soler, JoanJoan Soler Spanish May 6, 1939 March 13, 1940
Piñeyro, EnriqueEnrique Piñeyro Spanish March 13, 1940 July 10, 1942 1 Copa del Rey
Vidal-Ribas, JosepJosep Vidal-Ribas Spanish July 10, 1942 August 13, 1942
Piñeyro, EnriqueEnrique Piñeyro Spanish August 13, 1942 August 20, 1943
Albert, Josep Antoni deJosep Antoni de Albert Spanish August 20, 1943 September 20, 1943
Vendrell, JosepJosep Vendrell Spanish September 20, 1943 September 20, 1946 1 La Liga, 1 Copa Eva Duarte
Montal Galobart, AgustíAgustí Montal Galobart Spanish September 20, 1946 July 16, 1952 3 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Copa Eva Duarte
Martí Carreto, EnricEnric Martí Carreto Spanish July 16, 1952 September 22, 1953 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Copa Eva Duarte
Miró-Sans, FrancescFrancesc Miró-Sans Spanish September 22, 1953 February 28, 1961 2 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Fairs Cup
Llaudet, EnricEnric Llaudet Spanish February 28, 1961 January 17, 1968 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Fairs Cup
Carreras, Narcís deNarcís de Carreras Spanish January 17, 1968 December 18, 1969 1 Copa del Rey
Montal Costa, AgustíAgustí Montal Costa Spanish December 18, 1969 December 18, 1977 1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey
Carrasco, RaimonRaimon Carrasco Spanish December 18, 1977 July 1, 1978 1 Copa del Rey
Núñez, Josep LluísJosep Lluís Núñez Spanish July 1, 1978 July 23, 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 July 23, 2000 February 12, 2003
Reyna, EnricEnric Reyna Spanish February 12, 2003 May 6, 2003
Managing Commission[11] 0N/A May 6, 2003 June 15, 2003
Laporta, JoanJoan Laporta[n 2] Spanish June 15, 2003 June 30, 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 June 30, 2010 January 23, 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 January 23, 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 June 30, 2006 to August 22, 2006, FC Barcelona was controlled by a managing commission[12]

References[edit]

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