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Bartomeu

Bartomeu. PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB.

[[DES_1]]President Josep Maria Bartomeu reviewed the 2013/14 season and explained his plans for the future of the Club to the gathered media. “I want to transform Barça. I want to make it more effective. That’s why our aim is to improve the athletic, executive and directive ares,” he declared. Bartomeu reiterated the statements he recently made to the FC Barcelona Senate concerning the leadership of the Board of Directors, a governing body he chairs: “Our leadership is and will continue to be firm and sensible.”

The president qualified this past season as a “contrasting year” that “is yet more proof of the institution’s maturity and extraordinary social power.” He enumerated “the off-the-pitch controversies, institutional changes, some sporting disappointments, and tragic news,” like the passing of Tito Vilanova. He also reminded the press of the “good news for the Club” within the context of “sports, the social area, patrimony and the Club’s economy.” Bartomeu also highlighted the “historic referendum which will start the most important social and infrastructure project in the Club’s recent history.”

[[DES_2]]On his five months as Club president, he said: “I wanted to transmit calmness and tranquility to the directors. We are convinced that we have done things correctly.” He continued: “Our project doesn’t end in 2016, especially if we keep the Espai Barça in mind. We are excited to stand for reelection.”

President Bartomeu also weighed in on the so-called ‘Neymar case’: “We are very calm about this. The tax authority has one interpretation and we have our own. If the truth comes out during the judicial hearing on July 21, it will benefit Barça. We are not frightened by the possibility of imputation. If we are called, we will explain the operation to the judge.”

The FC Barcelona president then touched on the following five points: the first team situation, the professional teams, the Social Area, the Economic Area and the future of the Club.
The football team’s results weren’t the desired ones, it’s not sufficient to compete for the big titles and only win the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa Catalunya
Turning to the Club's sporting ventures, Bartomeu said the results from the Club’s professional teams and the youth teams are “brilliant,” but he also noted that the “the football team’s results weren’t the desired ones, it’s not sufficient to compete for the big titles and only win the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa Catalunya.” Bartomeu went on to say that the team requires a “profound remodeling”: “The team needs changes and we will make them. In fact, that’s what we’re doing.” He then thanked Valdés, Cesc, Puyol and Pinto – all of whom will no longer feature for Barça –for their contributions to the team. The president then thanked Guillermo Amor for his four years of work in the FC Barcelona youth system.

Bartomeu went on to highlight the “Club’s multi-sports work” which saw the Club’s professional teams conquer 14 titles in the 2013/14 season. “It’s one of the best trophy hauls we’ve had in recent years,” said the president.
Barca’s economic health is not the end goal, but it is a good and essential tool that will guarantee the independence of the Club and benefit athletic and infrastructure investments
He also praised the “economic strength” of the Club and the “growth” that it maintains. “Barca’s economic health is not the end goal, but it is a good and essential tool that will guarantee the independence of the Club and benefit athletic and infrastructure investments,” he said. Bartomeu also noted that the Club will close out the fiscal year having reduced the net debt and increased revenues to record levels.

Finally, on the future of the Club, the president discussed the roadmap set by the Board of Directors. The goals are the following: improve the competitiveness of all the professional teams, initiate the Espai Barça Project, continue with the current economic strategy, continue developing the Foundation’s global projects, and completing the ‘Peñas Siglo XXI’ project.

FIFA meeting on August 19

During the press conference, President Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that FC Barcelona will meet with FIFA on August 19 to discus the ban due to the signing underage players.

PDF of the president's speech

President Josep Maria Bartomeu's speech (PDF)

 


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