This is just a small post about the elections that are coming up. I don’t want to get into them too in-depth right now (both because of time constraints and the need for more research on my end), but I think there are at least a few things that are worth explaining for those who haven’t been paying strict attention to the developments at the board these last few years. And who could blame you for tuning that stuff out while the team is purring like a kitten having its belly scratched?
To start things off there’s the “Who is who?” question. The candidates are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Agustí Benedito – a Catalan businessman (in the car industry) and one of the founding members of Elefant Blau in1997 (along with Laporta).
- Jaume Ferrer – Barça’s Vice President of Marketing and Media until his resignation to pursue his candidature.
- Jaume Guixà – A college professor who appears to be the only candidate with women on his board.
- Marc Ingla – Barça Vice President from 2005 to 2008, when he resigned due to differences with Laporta.
- Alexis Plaza – A 27-year old hotel executive. His step dad is John Toshack, apparently.
- Sandro Rosell – Laporta’s first Vice President; resigned in 2005. An ex-Nike representative.
- Santiago Salvat – A Catalan businessman. His wife is pretty. That’s all I know about him.
The heavy hitters are Jaume Ferrer, Sandro Rosell, and Marc Ingla. The frontrunner is most certainly Rosell. He’s the glitzy one with all the glitzy ads, after all, and the track record of having been in the Laporta administration. Ferrer is the candidate that has Laporta’s backing while Ingla has been joined in his campaign by former Barça VPs Alfons Godall and Ferran Soriano.
For now I’ll leave it at this: Rosell has been accused of corruption in some case in Brazil and Portugal, to which he has responded by suing Ingla in court for defamation, claiming it’s not true (I have no idea at this point); Laporta is accusing Ingla and Soriano of having been in favor of getting Mourinho instead of Guardiola; and Ferrer is demanding a debate between himself and Rosell, basically claiming that Ingla isn’t important enough to warrant inclusion. The rest I can’t really speak to.
I mentioned in list above that Guixà appears to be the only candidate with a woman on his board, but I have to admit that that is based on scant evidence and certainly women appear in the various ads the candidates are running, but I haven’t read anything explicitly stating they have women on their boards, which I have read about Guixà.
There will be much more coming up soon from all of us here at BFB in the coming 2 weeks, but for now check out FC Barcelona 2010, which has a ton of information about the candidates and which is a very good source if you don’t speak Catalan or Spanish. Several pieces of information in this small post came from there and certainly more will come from there in the future, so there can’t really be enough thanks extended to Pep for his hard work on all of this.