Barcelona FC Leadership: Presidents Who Shaped The Club

Futbol Club Barcelona 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 41 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

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Barcelona has had notable names for presidents since its establishment in 1899.


Joan Laporta took over in office on June 15,2003. He was the most successful president in terms of trophies. In his first tenure, 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.

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. The scandal involving the signing of Neymar led to Rosell’s resignation in 2014.

On 23 January,2014. Josep Bartomeu replaced Rosell and also resigned in October 2020. Carles Tusquets led a commission management in managing the affairs of the club until Joan Laporta was elected on March 7,2021. He had over 54% of total vote cast.

In his second tenure, he appointed Xavi Hernandez as head coach and won La Liga

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