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Name Joan Laporta
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Barcelona president [ex]
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Org Barcelona FC

2009 08 08 Retrieve

[Barcelona To Wear Black Armbands In Memory Of Daniel Jarque] We are dismayed because of this tragic event, and we express our deepest regrets. Today we are all in mourning. On behalf of FC Barcelona, I want to transmit our condolences to RCD Espanyol and Daniel Jarque’s family for this tragic loss.

2010 04 08 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta, the former Barcelona president, in Recognition of the man who created a style] As a player he [Cruyff] turned football into an art form. Johan came along and revolutionised everything. The modern-day Barça started with him, he is the expression of our identity, he brought us a style of football we love

2014 10 31 Retrieve

[Since the Spanish courts found in his favour earlier in the week, Laporta himself has wasted no time in putting the knife into the Rosell/Bartomeu administration, suggesting at a press conference via ESPN that the ‘legal action was borne of resentment’ and furthermore that] My position is that they [Barcelona board] tell the truth. If they do that, it will be magnificent. The situation has been brought to life by this verdict. Based on what those currently responsible [at Barcelona] have done and are doing, I wouldn’t rule out running in the next election

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta on Thierry Henry] He was charismatic, educated, elegant. Just as he was on the pitch

2015 11 27 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta, the former Barcelona president, in Like Cruyff in his time, Messi is the best in history] You really have to put things in their context and their historic moment. For me, my idol was always Johan Cruyff. For me he has always been the greatest, not just as a player but also as a person. […] He has been a point of reference for me. It was his era, his moment - and he was the best in the world. For me, the best in history

2016 12 03 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals that the club could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003] We had signed Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez and Ricardo Quaresma. We were in a process of reconstruction throughout the whole club. [Ronaldo] was at Sporting at the time, before Manchester United, and we were speaking with his agent who wanted to sell us Deco. We said that we couldn’t because we weren’t able to [spend that much at the time], so he told us he had another really good kid. It was Ronaldo. He had a deal with United for €19 million, but we were offered him for €17 million

2019 01 24 Retrieve

[A heroic gesture. Laporta broke club tradition to good effect and, knowingly or not, promoted the value of goodwill under the name of FC Barcelona and Catalonia] If you look at our history, this is a club that has always represented the values of citizenship, sport and democracy in the Catalan capital

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta says Barcelona are responsible for the postponement of the Clasico against Real Madrid] Yes, [I would’ve played] the game on Saturday because if Real Madrid wanted to play then I don’t see the problem. The powers that be wanted to magnify what was happening for political reasons. [Barcelona] were mistaken because they criminalised a movement and put politics ahead of a football match that always has political connotations. It’s always been like this. They’ve played a game with the powers that rule football to make people from Barcelona and everyone look bad. La Liga made a strong move for it not to be played. La Liga had political interests to magnify a certain situation and exaggerate what happened. It’s the worst way of getting past what is happening. Barcelona are guilty in this situation

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Returning to the Wanda Metropolitano was always going to be a testing experience for Antoine Griezmann] I think most Barca fans don’t want him and, on top of that, I think the price is over the top

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[Laporta praises Barcelona’s players who agreed to a 70 percent reduction in their wages and criticises Bartomeu] Confinement is bringing the best out of us in seeing the solidarity and commitment of the Barcelona players. Congratulations, you’re top guys. #BartomeuOut

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Camp Nou is in crisis, with threats of legal action hanging over a boardroom dispute that looks set to have serious ramifications on and off the field] I am very excited about the idea of coming back but I still have time to think about things. But we must start thinking about reversing the club’s financial situation, which is so precarious. I have people I can trust around me and I’m excited about our potential project, because it’s important to improve the image of the club, and build an exciting sporting project

2020 04 17b Retrieve

[Laporta advances in bid to reclaim Barca presidency amid board civil war] This is a project that has me very excited, I am gathering together people I trust because we have to think hard about how to revert the economic situation. The club is in a very delicate situation, that of €3 billion (Barca’s current budget including revenue, outgoings and debt) and it is important to present a believable, realistic proposal and offer a sporting project that garners enthusiasm and improves our institutional image. I am excited about coming back, but I have room to decide still. I am more enthusiastic about turning around the club’s delicate economic situation with a proposal based on guarantees, I have advanced in this and I am very hopeful

The elections should take place as scheduled, in July 2021. I think those who are there right now need to keep going, if they walk away now the entirety of the situation which has caused the debt with which they are now faced will become apparent

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Barcelona ex-president Joan Laporta has announced his intention to run in the upcoming Barcelona presidential election] The club is in a very delicate situation, that of €3 billion (Barca’s current budget including revenue, outgoings and debt) and it is important to present a believable, realistic proposal and offer a sporting project that garners enthusiasm and improves our institutional image. I am excited about coming back, but I have room to decide still. I am more enthusiastic about turning around the club’s delicate economic situation with a proposal based on guarantees, I have advanced in this and I am very hopeful

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta says Messi backed to renew Barcelona contract with ‘no trouble’] [Messi] will have no trouble renewing his contract. They were not clear with him. I would bring him back for sure

[Another former player Laporta seemingly wants to bring back is Xavi] Xavi? Of course it would be possible. It would be the natural solution, there will come a time when he will consider it. He has to decide when

This is a project that has me very excited, I am gathering together people I trust because we have to think hard about how to revert the economic situation. The club is in a very delicate situation, that of €3 billion (Barca’s current budget including revenue, outgoings and debt) and it is important to present a believable, realistic proposal and offer a sporting project that garners enthusiasm and improves our institutional image. I am excited about coming back, but I have room to decide still. I am more enthusiastic about turning around the club’s delicate economic situation with a proposal based on guarantees, I have advanced in this and I am very hopeful. I think those who are there right now need to keep going, if they walk away now the entirety of the situation which has caused the debt with which they are now faced will become apparent

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he hopes to bring Pep Guardiola back as coach] I’m working to introduce myself as a presidential candidate. I’ve been president before and I’m excited to be back. The situation in 2021 will be dramatic and we’ll have to reverse it. I’m working with people I trust. I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barca again. At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be Barca coach from 2021

Xavi is already a coach, he lives football and it is he who must decide what his moment is. In 2021 there will still be players who were Xavi’s team-mates, and he must think if he is prepared to lead former team-mates, which is not an easy thing