Barcelona: What next after Josep Maria Bartomeu's election win?

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The socio members of Barcelona have made their decision and elected Josep Maria Bartomeu as their new president.

His victory was in the end unsurprising, however the margin of victory would have shocked supporters of his closest rival Joan Laporta.

Bartomeu polled 54 percent of the total vote, and even taking into account the votes for Toni Freixa and Agusto Benedito, the two other candidates in the elections, Bartomeu still polled more than the three opponents put together.


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Whatever side of the divide Barcelona supporter's stand on, they must now get behind their newly elected president and stop the in-fighting that often characterises the football club.

So what does the win actually mean for the club?

Qatar sponsorship remains

Well, as a start point, Qatar Airways are likely to be kept on as one of the major club sponsors, and the one who has the right of the name on the front of the shirt. Members remain uneasy to a large extent of the association with Qatar but it is important to make the distinction between the country and a company that works within it.

Where the arguments for or against to boil down to basics, then there are arguments for and against kit manufacturers and other club sponsors also. They would have to walk away from Barcelona too, if we are basing the argument on certain principles.

In today's marketplace, a corporate sponsor on the shirt is a fact of life if a club wants to remain competitive.

Broken La Masia?

La Masia, which has been in decline for a number of years now, needs to be turned around.

Far too many players from the clubs' academy are making it right up to the senior level and then finding their way to the first team blocked by “Galactico” type signings. Neymar and Suarez are already in situ, and Paul Pogba's capture has been discussed extensively.

When the club are prepared to pay upwards of €80million for players, then there is little hope for the youngsters. Frankly you don't shell out that sort of money and then not give appropriate minutes to the player.

We saw it in evidence during Neymar's first season. Alexis Sanchez and Pedro were at times playing so much better than the Brazilian and deserved a start. Yet politics dictated that Neymar would always play.

The problem that Barca now find themselves in is that, with Barca B being relegated to the Segunda B, they have a plethora of young players who are far too good for the division and need to progress, but are having that progress stopped because they cannot be integrated into the side.

Barca will continue to win trophies with the best exponents in their first team but it comes at the expense of one of the pillars that many Barca socio's live by. They are proud of La Masia's rich heritage, the model of Johan Cruyff. That hasn't quite disappeared, but it won't be too long if the Catalans continue down the same path.

For now, trophies

For the immediate future, only trophies remain in mind.

If Barca can come out of the European Supercup against Sevilla and Spanish Supercup against Athletic Club de Bilbao unscathed, then the club will be one trophy away from completing an unprecedented second sextuple.

Winning trophies is what oils the wheels in Catalonia so whatever the whys and wherefores of Bartomeu's victory, as long as Barca keep on winning, players will want to keep coming, money will keep flowing, and the cogs of this behemoth of a club will keep on turning.

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