4 Barcelona candidates qualify for the next round of the presidential election
After months of candidates expressing their interest, the Barcelona presidential race will be disputed between four men: Joan Laporta, Victor Font, Toni Freixa and Emili Rousaud.
The club will hold elections on January 24 to determine the successor of former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, and anyone who wanted to run for the post was expected to collect more than 2,250 supporting signatures.
As Marca noted, the aforementioned quartet were the only candidates to achieve this, and it was Laporta who was well ahead of the rest.
Laporta, who was Camp Nou president between 2003 and 2010, racked up 10,257 signatures – only Sandro Rosell in 2010 has consistently gained more support in preparing for a club election.
This suggests that Laporta is the favorite to win the next election, with none of his competitors even hitting half of his total. Font scored 4,710, Freixa had 2,821 and Rousaud succeeded with 2,501 signatures.
“We’re fine, but we can’t trust that, I don’t wonder if I’m a favorite or not”, Laporta declared. “I’m just focusing on explaining our plans clearly.
“This is what I believe I am campaigning, and I don’t care whether it is against one, two or three opponents, I am convinced that the elections will take place, this mismanagement can no longer be allowed.”
One of Laporta’s plans is said to be a reunion with former goalkeeper Victor Valdes. According to Mundo Deportivo, Laporta has made it clear that Valdes will be allowed to return to Barcelona, two years after being fired from his job as manager of the youth team.
While at the club, Valdes clashed with then-manager Patrick Kluivert, and the relationship break-up saw the former goalkeeper quit his post after just three months. He has since worked with third-tier Horta, but is expected to leave that post in the near future.
While all signs suggest Laporta could be in the clear for these elections, Font is expected to make some noise due to his close relationship with Al-Sadd boss Xavi, who has been tipped to return to the club as manager. in a close future. and would be an extremely popular choice among fans.
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