Today, June 13, 2010, Alexandre “Sandro” Rosell i Feliu was elected as FC Barcelona’s 39th president by an overwhelming margin. 35,021 socis cast their vote for him (22,067 cast votes for someone else or no one) and a record 57,088 (or 48.11% of the total membership) voted overall.
In his victory speech, Rosell said, among other things, “I want a Barça that is Catalan, Catalanista and open to all supporters outside of Catalunya. I want a Barça that will recapture the world’s imagination and one that unifies and does not separate while being committed to the country and to the causes of solidarity.” My pre-election thoughts are here and as you can guess, I’m disappointed. But because this is Barça and elections are never the true harbinger of things to come, I will, for now, take Rosell at his word (these words, now, today) that he wants an inclusive and universal Barça, that he really does want to make this club better.
More reactions to come, of course, throughout the coming days as I wrap my mind around things and better sort out where I stand.
Visca el Barça!