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FC Barcelona News: 19 July 2015; Josep Maria Bartomeu Elected President, Players Fly to Los Angeles

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Josep Maria Bartomeu elected as FC Barcelona president | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu has been elected as the new president of FC Barcelona. The man who filled the role between January 2014 and June 2015 has gained most support from member with 25,823 votes. He is followed by Joan Laporta with 15,615, Agustí Benedito with 3,386 and Toni Freixa with 1,750.

Josep Maria Bartomeu grateful for the confidence of the members | FC Barcelona
The new president of FC Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu started his speech with words of thanks to all the people who had made the day possible. "My first words have to be for the Barça members, those who have voted, those who didn’t vote, those who have not been able to come and those who did not want to take part: thank you."

Profile of Josep Maria Bartomeu, FC Barcelona president | FC Barcelona
The candidacy of Josep Maria Bartomeu has emerged victorious after the elections of 18 July and that means that FC Barcelona member 16,331 will occupy the position of president, a role he fulfilled between 23 January 2014 and 9 June 2015, at which point the Managing Commission led by Ramon Adell took control of the Club.

More than a treble: Bartomeu must restore Barcelona's values after beating Laporta - Goal.com
But Barca prides itself on being "more than a club" and results on the pitch are only part of that philosophy. The image of Laporta may not be squeaky clean, but his first mandate focused on the values of La Masia, the club's Catalan core and UNICEF. It also changed the course of Barca's history as first Frank Rijkaard and later Pep Guardiola brought about their most successful spell ever and, under the Catalan coach, the finest football the fans had witnessed.

Benedito fears for Barca future | Football Espana
Agusti Benedito fears Barcelona "will split in half" after questioning the socis’ decision to vote "for this rivalry to continue". The businessman came third in the final standings, gaining 7.16 percent of the vote, but he is worried for the future of La Blaugrana if the war between ‘Rosellismo’ and ‘Laportismo’ continues to wager.

Laporta: I failed Barca | Football Espana
"I want to thank all the socis who voted for us and people who have given us support," he told reporters after the results were announced. "I wish to congratulate the winner of the election and make it clear that there are two different models of the club. "We tried to keep the club from being run by a prosecuted President, who is entirely in Qatar’s hands and will destroy La Masia, but we couldn’t.

Freixa gracious in defeat | Football Espana
Toni Freixa says he is keen to use his defeat in the Barcelona presidential elections on Saturday as a learning curve for the future. The 47-year-old, the youngest candidate in the election, finished bottom of the pile with just 4.8 percent of the vote, but he insists the campaign was a success and could have been even better, were it not for the "excessive" media circus surrounding Josep Maria Bartomeu and Joan Laporta.

FC Barcelona flying to Los Angeles | FC Barcelona
Just minutes past 11.00am CET on Sunday morning FC Barcelona took off on flight 5Y-8961 to Los Angeles, where the team begin their US tour. The 12-hour flight will touch down on American soil around 2.00pm PT (Pacific Time), which is around 11.00pm in Barcelona (Central European Time).

Backstage at the FC Barcelona players' photo shoot | FC Barcelona
The members of the first team that were back for the first week of preseason training have posed for the official pictures for the 2015/26 season. This video shows behind the scenes images as the players get ready for the photo session, plus exclusive footage of them facing the cameras.

Roma beat Real Madrid on penalties (0-0 and 6-7) | FC Barcelona
Barça’s rivals in the 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy game AS Roma have won their first game of the International Champions Cup game that is taking place in Australia. In 90 minutes neither the Italians nor their opponents Real Madrid were able to find the net despite numerous chances for both sides.