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    Exclamation Sandro Rosell resigns, Bartomeu is the new president

    Sandro Rosell has resigned and is not FC Barcelona's president anymore.

    Josep Maria Bartolomeu will take his place, until 2016. The board agreed unanimously on that.


    Sandro Rosell resigns and Josep Maria Bartomeu will assume the presidency of FC Barcelona until 2016


    “In all of these years we have seen that our successes are the result of our victories on the pitch and overcoming innumerable obstacles off the pitch: political, external and, what’s worse, at times the pressure has come from our own environment”

    “It has been an honour to serve the Barcelonistas. It’s been a privilege to be the president of FC Barcelona. I wish the best to the new president and I ask the Club members to support him”

    “I also want to thank my family. They, in the end, are the essence of my life. They are the most important thing to me”




    After the Board of Directors’ extraordinary meeting, Sandro Rosell resigned as FC Barcelona president. The first vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, will immediately assume the presidency for the rest of the term, through 2016. Below is Sandro Rosell’s speech:

    “Close to four years ago, during the Club’s 2010 elections, thousands of FC Barcelona members cast their ballots with the excitement of showing who they wanted to take the reins of the Club. That day was unforgettable, it was a democratic festival that reinforced the greatness of our Barça.

    On that day, 61% of the votes gave the team that I led the charge to direct the destiny of the Club until 2016.

    In these four years we have enjoyed and suffered because we are Barcelonistas, just as many generations of Blaugranas have enjoyed and suffered for more than a century.

    In all of these years we have seen that our successes are the result of our victories on the pitch and overcoming innumerable obstacles off the pitch: political, external and, what’s worse, at times the pressure has come from our own environment. In the last four years we have won one Champions League, one Club World Cup, two Ligas, one Copa del Rey, one European Super Cup, three Spanish Super Cups and one Copa Cataluña. In addition, our other professional teams have triumphantly paraded our colours around the world showing the character of our multi-sports Club.

    Today the Blaugrana feeling is felt worldwide, and it will continue to be felt around the world in the future.

    Our global athletic leadership that began with Ronaldinho in the Paris final, and continued with Messi in Rome and London, was coupled with effective economic management, which allowed us to continue to be competitive, reduce our debt, restore and expand the Club’s estate. In addition, we are proud that the best players in the world don our colours.

    To this we add the immense excitement of presenting the construction of a new stadium on the foundations of our magical and legendary Camp Nou, which the Club members must ratify via referendum in April.

    But this period of success has also brought us very difficult moments. For some time my family and myself have suffered threats and attacks in silence. These threats and attacks have made me wonder if being president means having to jeopardise my family.

    In recent days an unfair and reckless accusation of misappropriation has resulted in a lawsuit against me in the Audiencia Nacional. From the beginning I have said that the signing of Neymar Junior has been correct and his signing has caused despair and envy in some of our adversaries.

    The right of the Club members to be informed needs to be compatible with the defence of the Club and confidentiality of certain matters and facts. This confidentiality is essential in the world of football because otherwise the Club could be damaged.

    The Board of Directors is a team. And this team leads a project that has brought the Club great success. I don’t want unfair attacks to negatively affect their management or the image of the Club. This is why I think my time here has come to an end.

    Now, in accordance with the Club’s Statutes, I have presented my irrevocable resignation of the presidency of FC Barcelona to the Board of Directors.

    From this moment, just as the directors announced, in accordance with our Statutes, the first vice-president of the Club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, will immediately assume the presidency of the Club until the end of the term, through 2016, just as the Board unanimously agreed a few moments ago.

    It has been an honour to serve the Barcelonistas. It has been a privilege to be the president of FC Barcelona. I wish nothing but the best to the new president and I ask the Club members for their support. I sincerely thank the employees of the Club, the players and the managers. My special thanks to the directors who have accompanied me on this voyage.

    I also thank my family. They, in the end, are the essence of my life. They are the most important thing to me.

    Thank you all.

    Visca el Barça and Visca Catalunya”

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    Wait, what?

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    They all have to step down and there need to be new elections. The socis voted Rosell for president, not the other laughing stocks and puppets. Appointing Bartomeu as president is a disgusting charade by Rosell to stay in control of the club and the death threats against his family are a nice excuse for him to step down in light of the current scandal revolving Neymar's transfer, he managed to keep his face despite these serious allegations and even make it look like he's the victim here.

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    this is not the end of it.

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    My last post about this: New elections must be made. I would say this to any president stepping down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coura View Post
    My last post about this: New elections must be made. I would say this to any president stepping down.
    The member can force that if they want.

    In a way it is out of the hands of the board if the members want it.

    Other than that they voted in a board and that board continues.

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    Bartomeu is even worse than Rosell, both as a person and as an executive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackybagnack View Post
    Bartomeu is even worse than Rosell, both as a person and as an executive.
    Based on what?

    So many of these sweeping statements get made and never backed up.

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    Does this mean we DID pay 95mil euro for Neymar?

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    I reckon there will be new elections in the summer. It must happen so the fans can vote in a president.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centrocampista23 View Post
    Does this mean we DID pay 95mil euro for Neymar?
    No. He resigned saying the Neymar deal is 100% correct. But we will know soon enough if it was or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavia View Post
    No. He resigned saying the Neymar deal is 100% correct. But we will know soon enough if it was or not.
    Well, yes. He denied the Neymar thing but i'd be surprised if that wasn't the reason.

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    Love how the weasel tried to take credit for success he had nothing to do with during Laporta's tenure as well
    Paolo Maldini - "In my opinion, Messi should win the Ballon D'Or each year. He's an unbelievable player."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCBarca View Post
    Love how the weasel tried to take credit for success he had nothing to do with during Laporta's tenure as well
    So true, I laughed when he talked about Ronaldinho or the CL final 2009; to be honest, Laporta even had more to do with the success in 10/11 than Rosell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alarcón View Post
    So true, I laughed when he talked about Ronaldinho or the CL final 2009; to be honest, Laporta even had more to do with the success in 10/11 than Rosell
    I remember reading Rosell was the main reason Dinho joined. He used his Nike contacts or whatever the deal was. Dinho had basically agreed with Man Utd before that.