Sunday, October 17

‘Only God knows what it took us to get here’ “


  • “There will be strong leadership, the challenge is difficult but we are not afraid of it, I hope it will be a splendid stage,” he says.

  • “We are heirs of Gamper, we want to recover its values”, affirms the new president

  • “The economic situation has generated concern. But we have a shock plan to reverse the situation.”

He had no written paper. His speech lasted half an hour. Improvised in his presentation but with a resounding plot line in his inauguration. Joan Laporta stressed that “there will be strong leadership” at Barça after assuming the position of president. “The challenge is difficult, but it does not scare us. I hope it will be a splendid stage,” said the leader, who ended up crying when he remembered his father, who has now disappeared.

“In 2003 I saw him with tears in his eyes for the first time in my life. Now, wherever you are, help me,” Laporta said metaphorically to his father looking at the sky, unable to continue speaking because the emotion had seized in such a way that he could not express what he felt.

“Do not fall asleep, Tito. We went to sleep very late because the issue of guarantees, déu n’hi do,” said the leader

“As Johan said in this stadium on the occasion of his tribute: ‘Only God knows what it took to get here! And you cruyffistas know it,” said the Barça president. “I face this stage with humility, generosity, courage, always with optimism. I prefer to look at the full glass. And without catastrophies,” he recalled.

“We want to restore happiness to Barcelona fans,” Laporta has proclaimed on several occasions, convinced that he will be able to overcome the delicate economic situation. And on the guarantee of 124.6 million euros obtained in the last gasp, he made a reference. “Don’t fall asleep, Tito. We went to sleep very late because of the issue of guarantees, déu n’hi do.”

Then, he wanted to specify that “Barça is a great family” as shown, in the opinion of the new president, the presence of Víctor Font and Toni Freixa, the two candidates who have lost in the elections. Joan Gaspart, Sandro Rosell, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Enric Reyna, former club presidents, were also there.

“We will make brave decisions if necessary, even if they have never been made”

Joan Laporta

None of them were mentioned in his speech. On the other hand, he did it to Xavier Sala i Martí, who served as Chairman of the Manager, and one of his best friends.

“The economic situation of the club has generated concern and the priority is to make it sustainable again. We have a shock plan to reverse this. It gives us respect, but it does not scare us. We will make brave decisions if necessary, even if they have never been made. “, Laporta has recognized.

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The new president knows that “he will not have those 100 days of grace” because “the margin runs out on the weekend.” Then, he wanted to remember that “Joan Gamper brought Barça closer to society, we feel we are heirs of those values. We will carry this legacy forward. We know that in the next game we will risk it.”




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