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Joan Laporta is ready to run for Barcelona Presidency

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According to a report by Sin Concesiones, Joan Laporta is ready to run for Barcelona Presidency and will announce his decision soon. This comes on the back of Josep Bartomeu’s resignation in October, six months before his term was actually supposed to end.

Additionally, they have mentioned that the Laporta has already prepared his board, which will take over if and when he is elected. In the meantime, however, the Spaniard is finalising the details to rent a building from where he will run the campaign.

Ideally, Laporta would be the leading candidates to take over the club administration, especially after his incredible spell with the club from 2003-2010. During these seven years, Barcelona won two Champions Leagues, one of them part of the treble.

However, he is opposed by Victor Font, a businessman and CEO of Delta Partners. Font stood up to compete for the position of Barcelona president very early, panning his campaign for 2021’s election. His project Si al Futur (Yes to the Future) has gained massive support, among other things like bringing back club legends like Carles Puyol, Xavi, and Pep Guardiola among others as part of his board.

As it stands, it looks like it will come down to either Font or Laporta as the next President of Barcelona, despite Jordi Farre, Toni Freixa, and Lluis Fernandez in the race.

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Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed

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As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.

Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”

As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”

Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”

The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”

“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.

The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”

Source: BarçaTV+

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