Barcelona are in a period of mourning following the news that former club president, Josep Lluis Nunez, has died aged 87. For 22 years, Nunez presided over the Catalan club and his era was marked with sensational sporting success on all fronts, including Johan Cruyff’s incredible European Cup success with his ‘Dream Team’.
Nunez’s innovative management style was a breath of fresh air to Spanish football at the time of his arrival, and many argue that he totally transformed Barcelona into a modern football club with his particularly intricate and revolutionary business model.
In many ways Nunez was far ahead of his time; one of his obsessions was to open new avenues of income for the club in order to construct a team capable of winning the major trophies. Under his stewardship innovative actions were put into place: the Camp Nou was expanded on two occasions; La Masia was converted into a full dormitory for players; and the Mini Estadi and the Barcelona museum were both created.
Nunez also fought a long-running battle for television rights and in July 1979, he refused TVE cameras entry into the Camp Nou unless an economic agreement was reached between all parties. Stars such as Diego Maradona, Michael Laudrup, Ronaldo Nazario, Rivaldo and Nigeria Super Eagles winger Emmanuel Amunike were all brought to Barcelona during his time in office, and he will be sorely missed.
Barcelona archrival Real Madrid also sent their condolence message on their official website.
The message reads: “Real Madrid C. F. mourns the death of Josep Lluís Núñez, who was president of F. C. Barcelona from 1978 to 2000.”
“The club wants to share its condolences with his family, his friends, and F. C. Barcelona and all their fans.”