|39th President of FC Barcelona|
July 1, 2010 – 23 January 2014
|Preceded by||Joan Laporta|
|Succeeded by||Josep Maria Bartomeu|
|Born||Alexandre Rosell i Feliu
March 6, 1964
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Alexandre "Sandro" Rosell i Feliu (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsandɾu ruˈzeʎ]; born March 6, 1964) is a Spanish businessman. He was the president of FC Barcelona from 2010 to 2014. With an MBA degree from ESADE, Rosell is known for being the running mate and senior adviser of Joan Laporta during the presidential elections at FC Barcelona in 2003. Moreover, he is renowned for bringing Ronaldinho to the Camp Nou in the same year.
Elections in 2003
Rosell and Joan Laporta joined forces in 2003 to support the latter's bid to become President of FC Barcelona. After winning by a huge majority, Rosell attempted to make the election pledge of bringing David Beckham to the club a reality. At the time, Rosell claimed he was "80% confident" that the move would take place. However Beckham chose to go to FC Barcelona's fierce rivals Real Madrid.
As a result of Beckham's snub, the Barcelona board opted to try and sign Brazilian star Ronaldinho from Paris Saint-Germain. The Catalan club were in direct competition for the Brazilian with Manchester United who wanted him as a replacement for the England international. At a time of financial uncertainty, the capture of Ronaldinho was crucial for Barcelona.
Rosell resigned as vice-president of sports in June 2005, despite Barcelona winning the title that year, accusing Laporta of failing to carry its original plan for the club.
Following his resignation from the Board of Directors in 2005
In 2006, Rosell released a book Benvingut al món real (Welcome to the real world), just as FC Barcelona were on the verge of making it to the Champions League final, which they eventually won. It was seen as a direct attack on club president Laporta after it promised to reveal the problems that had caused Rosell to resign.
When the opportunity for elections at FC Barcelona arose in 2006, due to a successful challenge by club members who claimed Joan Laporta had completed a four-year term, Rosell did not put his name forward to challenge his former friend. When asked if he would put his name forward in future elections, Rosell replied that he would "never say never".
After his resignation, Sandro Rosell was a critic of Joan Laporta, criticizing his handling of problems at Barcelona and claiming that in "all areas of the club" there has been " absolute anarchy". However, he did support Laporta's choice of manager in Pep Guardiola saying that it was "how it should be" and also supported Laporta's decision to sign an agreement with UNICEF.
Rosell announced on June 27, 2008 at a press conference that he intended to campaign for the presidency of FC Barcelona in 2010 after the end of the contract of Joan Laporta. At the time, Laporta was about to face a no-confidence motion brought about by Oriol Giralt which Rosell supported. Laporta himself accused Rosell of being behind the motion. When asked why he would be voting against Laporta, Rosell said that it was because the current management "is not independent or transparent or democratic". On June 13 Rosell was elected President of FC Barcelona with more than 60% of the vote of club members. He replaced outgoing President Joan Laporta on July 1, 2010.
In July 2012, Rosell confirmed that his club FC Barcelona had achieved record profits of €45 million for the previous season despite his side winning neither the La Liga title nor Champions League. On January 23, 2014, Rosell resigned as president after judge Pablo Ruz ordered the start of a hearing to investigate Rosell for alleged misappropriation of funds over the signing of Brazil's Neymar, saying Rosell could be called in person to give evidence.
Players marked in bold are currently in the team.
Trophies won by club during presidency
- La Liga (2):
- Copa del Rey (1):
- Supercopa de España (3):
- UEFA Champions League (1):
- UEFA Super Cup: (1)
- FIFA Club World Cup: (1)
In 2008, Sandro Rosell created Ailanto, a sports-marketing firm dedicated to organize football events in Brazil. In November 2008, Ailanto was given the rights by the President of the Football Federation of Brazil, Ricardo Teixeira, to organize a friendly match between Brazil and Portugal. A week before the Brasília match, the government of the Federal District signed a contract to pay Ailanto 9m reais ($4m at the time) for the marketing rights and for other loosely defined services, including arranging transport and accommodation for both teams’ players. That deal is now being investigated for padding and corruption. The public prosecutor’s office in Brasília says that receipted expenditure relating to the game was only around 1m reais—and that in any case the Football Federation of Brasília (FBF), an affiliate of the CBF, had paid. It also says that, although the Federal District government bought the rights to the game, the money from ticket sales went to the FBF. Brasília’s police force is investigating irregularities and has searched Ailanto’s premises in Rio de Janeiro, seizing documents. 
|President of Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu
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