Joan Laporta returns as Barcelona president after landslide win in election, vows to persuade Lionel Messi to stay
Laporta was last president at Barca between 2003 and 2010, which included overseeing the hugely successful appointment of Pep Guardiola as coach and the iconic treble-winning team of 2008/9.
Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa are the final candidates in the Barcelona presidential elections that will take place on Sunday.
Barcagate: Understanding Barcelona scandal that led to arrest of ex-club president Josep Maria Bartomeu
Here's everything you need to know about the Barcagate episode that has the football world buzzing since the news of the arrests broke in and dealt a major blow to the club's image.
Bartomeu and his former advisor Jaume Masferrer exercised their right not to speak when they were questioned by the judge following a night in jail, the Barcelona court said in a statement.
Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu among officials arrested after raid at club’s offices
Bartomeu resigned in October, after mounting pressure following months of controversy and a dramatic decline in performances on the pitch.
The operation comes less than a week before presidential elections are to be held at the club.
When the transfer window closed on Monday, Real Madrid didn't sign for a second straight window while Barcelona's Ronald Koeman was told the club could not find even three million euros for a central defender
The delay means Barcelona will not have a new regime in charge for the last week of the January transfer window while Lionel Messi's future is set to remain unresolved for a while longer.
LaLiga: Interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets says he 'would have sold Lionel Messi' in summer transfer window
Messi made an attempt to leave Barcelona this summer before backing down. He can talk to other clubs in January and leave for free when his contract expires in June, with Manchester City expected to make a renewed attempt to lure the 33-year-old away from Camp Nou.
Barcelona will hold elections for a new president on 24 January, the club said yesterday, following former chief Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation early this year.
LaLiga: Barcelona players set for 122 million euros salary cut to offset financial blow caused by COVID-19
The reduction in their wage bill represents a welcome financial lifeline for Barca, hit hard by the loss of gate receipts at the Camp Nou and other effects of Covid-19 prevention measures.
Guardiola is the most decorated coach in Barca's glorious history after winning 14 trophies in four years in charge between 2008 and 2012.
Barcelona toasted the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu as president on Tuesday by beating Juventus 24 hours later in the Champions League. But not everything has changed.
LaLiga head Javier Tebas says Real Madrid behind Josep Bartomeu’s European Super League announcement
The league president said Bartomeu, who resigned along with his board of directors on Tuesday, has been following the ideas of Real Madrid in recent years.
There is such widespread opposition to any Super League project that, in the words of one source, "it will create a civil war within football".
The idea was knocked on the head by European football boss Aleksander Ceferin the following February.
Suarez was informed of Barcelona's decision to get rid of him through a call from new coach Ronald Koeman, hired after the team was thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
A petition against Bartomeu passed the required 16,250 signatures last month and those signatures have been officially verified, a group leading the campaign said on Wednesday.
8 weeks have passed since the humiliation against Bayern Munich and what has been a miserable period for everyone associated with the historic club.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi scores in first game since Barcelona transfer dispute; Luis Suarez nets brace for Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez, whose departure was confirmed on Thursday, marked his Atletico Madrid debut by scoring twice in a 6-1 win over Granada.