List of FC Barcelona presidents
FC Barcelona, nicknamed Barça, is a football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, 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.
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.
In 1908, Gamper became club president for the first time, taking over the presidency to save the club from extinction. 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. An annual pre-season competition, the Joan Gamper Trophy, has been held in his honour since 1966.
The team won six Campionat de Catalunya titles between 1930 and 1938, 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
List of presidents
|Walter Wild||English||29 November 1899||25 April 1901|
|Bartomeu Terradas||Spanish||25 April 1901||5 September 1902|
|Paul Haas||German||5 September 1902||17 September 1903|
|Arthur Witty||English||17 September 1903||6 October 1905|
|Josep Soler||Spanish||6 October 1905||16 October 1906|
|Juli Marial||Spanish||16 October 1906||11 November 1908|
|Vicenç Reig||Spanish||11 November 1908||2 December 1908|
|Joan Gamper||Swiss||2 December 1908||14 October 1909|
|Otto Gmeling||German||14 October 1909||17 November 1910||1 Copa del Rey|
|Joan Gamper||Swiss||17 November 1910||30 June 1913||2 Copa del Rey|
|Francesc de Moxó||Spanish||30 June 1913||30 July 1914|
|Àlvar Presta||Spanish||30 July 1914||29 September 1914|
|Joaquim Peris de Vargas||Spanish||29 September 1914||29 June 1915|
|Rafael Llopart||Spanish||29 June 1915||25 June 1916|
|Gaspar Rosés||Spanish||25 June 1916||17 June 1917|
|Joan Gamper||Swiss||17 June 1917||10 June 1919|
|Ricard Graells||Spanish||10 June 1919||27 June 1920||1 Copa del Rey|
|Gaspar Rosés||Spanish||27 June 1920||17 July 1921|
|Joan Gamper||Swiss||17 July 1921||29 July 1923||1 Copa del Rey|
|Eric Cardona||Spanish||29 July 1923||1 June 1924|
|Joan Gamper||Swiss||1 June 1924||17 December 1925||1 Copa del Rey|
|Arcadi Balaguer||Spanish||17 December 1925||23 March 1929||2 Copa del Rey|
|Tomàs Rosés||Spanish||23 March 1929||30 June 1930||1 La Liga|
|Gaspar Rosés||Spanish||30 June 1930||22 October 1931|
|Antoni Oliver||Spanish||22 October 1931||20 December 1931|
|Joan Coma||Spanish||20 December 1931||16 July 1934|
|Esteve Sala||Spanish||16 July 1934||27 July 1935|
|Josep Sunyol||Spanish||27 July 1935||6 August 1936|
|Managing Commission||N/A||6 August 1936||6 May 1939|
|Joan Soler||Spanish||6 May 1939||13 March 1940|
|Enrique Piñeyro||Spanish||13 March 1940||10 July 1942||1 Copa del Rey|
|Josep Vidal-Ribas||Spanish||10 July 1942||13 August 1942|
|Enrique Piñeyro||Spanish||13 August 1942||20 August 1943|
|Josep Antoni de Albert||Spanish||20 August 1943||20 September 1943|
|Josep Vendrell||Spanish||20 September 1943||20 September 1946||1 La Liga, 1 Copa Eva Duarte|
|Agustí Montal Galobart||Spanish||20 September 1946||16 July 1952||3 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Copa Eva Duarte|
|Enric Martí Carreto||Spanish||16 July 1952||22 September 1953||1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Copa Eva Duarte|
|Francesc Miró-Sans||Spanish||22 September 1953||28 February 1961||2 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Fairs Cup|
|Enric Llaudet||Spanish||28 February 1961||17 January 1968||1 Copa del Rey, 1 Fairs Cup|
|Narcís de Carreras||Spanish||17 January 1968||18 December 1969||1 Copa del Rey|
|Agustí Montal Costa||Spanish||18 December 1969||18 December 1977||1 La Liga, 1 Copa del Rey|
|Raimon Carrasco||Spanish||18 December 1977||1 July 1978||1 Copa del Rey|
|Josep 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|
|Joan Gaspart||Spanish||23 July 2000||12 February 2003|
|Enric Reyna||Spanish||12 February 2003||6 May 2003|
|Managing Commission||N/A||6 May 2003||15 June 2003|
|Joan 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|
|Sandro 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|
|Josep Maria Bartomeu||Spanish||23 January 2014||Present||3 La Liga, 4 Copa del Rey, 2 Spanish Supercup, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup|
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