ROME – Josep Lluis Nunez, president of Barcelona for 22 years, died December 3 at the age of 87. He was elected in May 1978 and remained in office until the same month of 2000. It was he who gave the Barça the image of footballing superpower, buying stars and wizards on the bench and boosting marketing and the issue of television rights. He was also the creator of the Club Museum, the most visited in Spain after the Prado in Madrid.
With him came champions such as Maradona, Schuster, Romario, Ronaldo, Stoichkov, Koeman, Zubizarreta and Laudrup and it was he, despite the mutual dislike, to entrust the bench to Johan Cruijff who invented the 'Dream Team' blaugrana, continued work by other Dutch Van Gaal and Rijkaard and then from the 'disciple' Pep Guardiola, the flag of Barcelona also as a player.
With Nunez president, Barcelona won, after so many failed attempts, his first European Cup, in 1992 at Wembley at the expense of Sampdoria. Under his presidency, Barcelona, as a multi-sport club and not only as a football entity, won 176 titles. We must also remember that the fans loved it despite excellent sales such as those of Maradona at Napoli and Ronaldo Fenomeno at Inter.
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