ELECTIONS 2015. Candidate - Laporta

ELECTIONS 2015. Candidate - Laporta

Born in Barcelona on 29 June, 1962, Joan Laporta is a lawyer, a founding member of the firm Laporta & Arbós Advocats Associats.

Laporta was elected as President of FC Barcelona on 15 June 2003 when he obtained 27,138 votes (52.7%) and in the summer of 2006 he was re-elected as President of the Club.

On the field, the first season with new coach Frank Rijkaard in charge of the side saw a clear improvement in the side as they eventually finished in second place in the league. The following season, 2004/05, the team claimed their first league title in six years. The promise of that side was confirmed the following season when they retained the league title and also claimed their second Champions League title with victory in the final in Paris.

In June 2008 Pep Guardiola was presented as coach of the first team after having been chosen by the Board the previous summer to take charge of Barça B, which then was placed in the hands of Luis Enrique in whom Laporta placed his confidence to carry on the work began by Guardiola. A brilliant season began in which the blaugranes garnered success in every competition in which they took part, recording memorable displays such as the 6-2 win at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid. The team won the Spanish Cup, the League and the Champions League, beating Manchester United in the final in Rome. With the start of the following season the team continued their run of success, adding another three trophies in the form of the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and finally the FIFA World Club Cup. President Laporta was able to add yet another trophy the next season with the team winning the league title once again in 2009/10.

In other sports, during the seven years of Joan Laporta’s mandate, the for professional sections all claimed European titles.

In terms of finance, income increased by 300% in the seven years of the Laporta mandate, whilst the number of members rose from 106,135 to 173,701. As president, Laporta was a leader in the fight against violence inside football grounds.

With the slogan ‘More than a club around the world’ Joan Laporta signed various collaborative agreements with Unicef, Unesco and Acnur via the FC Barcelona Foundation. With the historic signing of the Unicef agreement in New York in September 2006, FC Barcelona committed itself financially to collaborate with the organisation to help protect children and also wear its logo on the first team shirt. It was a pioneering approach that aimed to consolidate the strategy of placing Barça as more than a club around the world.

As president of FC Barcelona, the Club has projected around the world the image of a charitable and Catalan Barça that has coincided with most universal Barça in its history.