Footy In A Week


Real Madrid president to be elected today
July 2, 2006, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Spanish League

The candidates 

ARTURO BALDASANO

Aged 60, lawyer and economist. Slogan: ‘Bring back the excitement’

Background: Has cast himself as an independent candidate because he is the only one never to have been on the Real board. Only gained 1.7 percent of the vote when he stood against Perez in 2004.

Plans: Has said he has an agreement with England’s Sven-Goran Eriksson to take charge as coach and that he will appoint Vicente Del Bosque as sports director supported by former Germany international and Real player Uli Stielike.

Wants to bring more Spanish players into the side.

Possible signings: Joaquin (Real Betis), Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas (both Arsenal), Mahamadou Diarra (Olympique Lyon).

RAMON CALDERON

Aged 55, lawyer. Slogan: ‘Follow your instincts’

Background: Board member under Perez and Fernando Martin.

Plans: On the board the last four years, he says he has inside knowledge as to where things went wrong, and therefore what to put right. Has promised not to interfere in the signing of players.

Will appoint former player Predrag Mijatovic, who scored the winner for Real in the 1998 European Cup final, as sporting director and has spoken of bringing Fabio Capello back as coach.

Possible signings: Kaka (AC Milan) Unlikely as he signed a new deal with Milan recently , Arjen Robben (Chelsea).

JUAN PALACIOS

Aged 58, president of multi-national watch and jewellery business. Slogan: ‘What would you like to win?’

Background: A board member under former president Mendoza and vice-president under Lorenzo Sanz.

Plans: Looking to Real Madrid old boys to turn things round. Will appoint former Spain and Real boss Jose Antonio Camacho as sports director and Del Bosque as coach.

Has announced a deal to sponsor Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso.

Possible signings: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluca Zambrotta (both Juventus), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona).

LORENZO SANZ

Aged 63, property speculator. Slogan: ‘And now let’s talk about football’

Background: Club president between 1995 and 2000 when Real won a league title and two European Cups.

Was accused of leading the club to the brink of financial ruin and was ousted by Florentino Perez in the 2000 election. Failed in his bid to regain control of the club when he was heavily defeated by Perez in 2004.

Plans: Highly critical of the Perez era and the David Beckham signing and claims the club’s finances are in disarray. Promises to make sporting success the club’s main objective and to balance the books.

Has an agreement with Vicente del Bosque to return as coach.

Possible signings: Michael Carrick (Tottenham Hotspur), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Zambrotta, Emerson (both Juventus), Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg SV), Franck Ribery (Marseille)

JUAN MIGUEL VILLAR MIR

Aged 74, construction magnate. Slogan: ‘Fighting spirit and hunger for victory.’

Background: A trained engineer and politician. A vice-president under the late president Ramon Mendoza. Seen by many as the continuity candidate with links to Perez.

Plans: Will have former world rally champion Carlos Sainz as his vice-president. Wants to appoint Arsene Wenger as a general manager/coach with the power to sign players.

Possible signings: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Fabregas, Reyes.

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