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15 Biggest Signings And Achievements Of Joan Laporta’s Previous Term As Barca President

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Arguably the biggest football club in the world Barcelona on Sunday night March 8 2021, announced the second coming of its most successful President ever Joan Laporta. He is going to be the man at the helms of affairs at the Catalan side for the next six years.  Joan Laporta of Barcelona

Just before he takes over and starts his second reign at the club here is a brief breakdown of his success at the club and some of his most successful and biggest transfers at the club;

Background

Joan Laporta is a Barcelona native. He graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in law, later establishing his own firm, Laporta & Arbos. He was also a member of the Catalan Parliament between 2010 and 2012.
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Laporta served as Barcelona’s president between 2003 and 2010, having succeeded Enric Reyna. He inherited a club in crisis but eventually managed to turn the situation around, both in terms of sporting achievement and finances.

First Term

During his spell at the club, the president brought Barca back to greatness. Blaugrana hadn’t won a single title since 1999, and after a six-year-long dry spell, the Catalans won the 2004-05 La Liga, their first trophy under Laporta.
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Eventually, the club would win 12 trophies, including two Champions League trophies. Besides, the legendary golden generation at Camp Nou was possible in big part due to Laporta. The president made the unpopular decision of appointing then-Barca B coach Pep Guardiola ahead of board-backed Jose Mourinho.

Trophies won during Laporta’s tenure

La Liga (4), Copa del Rey (1), Supercopa de Espana (3), Champions League (2), UEFA Super Cup (1), FIFA Club World Cup (1).

Biggest Signings and achievement under Joan Laporta’s

It is necessary to note that some of the greatest footballers to ever play football and play for Barcelona all ply their trade under Joan Laporta, as President of the club in his first spell between 2003-2010. Though the greatest footballer ever Lionel Messi wasn’t actually a transfer made by Laporta, it was however under his tenure, that Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta were all drafted into the sides, first-team squad. Below are some of the biggest names ever in football;

  1. Ronaldinho; 2003-2008
  2. Deco; 2004-2008
  3. Ludovic Guily; 2004-2007
  4. Henrik Larsson; 2004-2006
  5. Gianluca Zambrotta; 2006-2008
  6. Mark Van Bommel; 2004-2007
  7. Lilian Thuram; 2006-2008
  8. Gudjohnsen; 2006-2009
  9. Alexander Hleb; 2008-2010
  10. Yaya Toure; 2007-2010
  11. Theirry Henry; 2007-2010
  12. Gerrard Pique; 2008-till date
  13. Dani Alves; 2008-2016
  14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 2009-2011
  15. Under Joan Laporta, Barcelona won an unprecedented record 6-trophies in the space of 12-months
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