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SBD Global/June 12, 2013/Franchises

Ex-Barcelona President Joan Laporta To Run For FC Barcelona Presidency In 2016

Former Barcelona President Joan Laporta "aspires to return as Barcelona president," according to Ramon Besa of EL PAIS. Laporta feels "prepared, motivated and more excited every day" to run for election in '16, when current Barcelona President Sandro Rosell's term will end (EL PAIS, 6/11). The EFE reported Barcelona spokesperson Toni Freixa confirmed that, although "it can't be guaranteed," the club's current leadership's goal is to complete its term through '16, an intention that "does not change" after Laporta's announcement. Freixa said, "Guaranteeing what can happen in the future, nobody can do that. What I can say is that we are the leaders of our fans, who have granted us the responsibility to manage the club for six years and our goal is to complete this responsibility until '16" (EFE, 6/11).

: The EP reported the referendum to decide the property project for Camp Nou Stadium, to choose between remodeling and building a new stadium, will be carried out in the first trimester of '14, and will include conversations with the Barcelona town council and the search for financing. Freixa revealed Tuesday that Barcelona will share in the next few days the conclusions of the market study to learn the technical possibilities that are possible, an essential phase before the referendum. Freixa also announced that the club has agreed to improve Camp Nou's gates 9 and 14. This will be carried out between July and November and will cost €1.1M ($1.5M) (AS, 6/11).
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