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01.07.2010 13:28

Sandro Rosell: "¡We are Barça!"


Sandro Rosell has pledged to work hard for all the club members during his time at the helm after he was sworn in as the new president of FC Barcelona during a ceremony on Thursday.

After being handed the reins by outgoing supremo Joan Laporta the new Camp Nou leader stepped forward. “I am a president for all the members, a president who will work hard to make Barça reflect the will of the members who own the club," he said.

High bar

2010-07-01_SANDRO_ROSELL_PRESIDENTE_09_G.JPGThe 39th president in Barça's history then vowed to keep building the club: "I want to improve everything that can be improved," he explained. "We know that the bar has been set high and we want to raise it even higher because we are all Barça."

Social participation

"I believe that the new board will work when the social participation is increased and, day by day, becomes fully democratic," he stated. "If the members return to take up the position is there’s by right."

Economic sustainability

2010-07-01_ACTO_INVESTIDURA_SANDRO_ROSELL_017.jpg"Efficiency in management, sporting excellence, a growth in values and a sustainable economic plan are the values that the club will be governed by," Rosell commented. On the economic front he continued: "It will not be easy, but we will take austere measures to increase income and benefits. Our first priority is to analyse the real situation of the club in the economic, labour and legal aspect and to make our efforts transparent."

Homegrown talent

"We want Barça to become the best sports club in the world in every area within six years," Rosell then revealed. "A club of champions with a model of success based on a team made from homegrown talent and the world's best players. We can do that with a new Masia and by reproducing the same idea for every other team."

Barça family

"The plan we have should lead us towards a modern, welcoming, family orientated Barça with a Camp Nou that is comfortable, accessible and the best and a new and magnificent Palau surrounded by a place for the fans and for the city can visit every day of the year," the new president said. "That is what we have promised and that is what we will do."

Pay back

2010-07-01_ACTO_INVESTIDURA_SANDRO_ROSELL_032.jpg"We want to pay back the members by being responsible and by doing a great job," Rosell explained before speaking about his family and the team that has supported him throughout the campaign. He then thanked the club's former leaders who attended his inauguration. "Presidents thank you so much for all the work you have done and for being here today," he added.

Unique feeling

"We have a unique feeling and that can make us invincible," Rosell declared. "We are Barça! We are Barça! The board and I, as president, assume this great challenge and I promise you, promise you, that we will do our best."
Sandro Rosell: “¡We are Barça!“

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Català, Castellano and English
During his inauguration speech Sandro Rosell did not want to forget the different people that form the membership of the club and made reference to them all by speaking in Catalan, Spanish and English. "Today we have with us club member number one along with one of the newest members, Abril," he explained in Catalan. "their presence symbolises what we have to do and the fans and everyone who lives in Catalunya." Switching to Spanish Rosell continued: "Then there are all those fans that live outside of Catalunya and hold Barça equally as dear in their hearts and they also feel Catalan, universal and with us." In English the new president then said: "And I don’t want to forget our fellow members around the world, who love Barça in their own way, and who contribute in making this club the greatest one in the world”.

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