Former Barcelona president Nunez dies, aged 87

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 28, 2014 former FC Barcelona president Josep Lluis Nunez stands during a religious ceremony at Barcelona Cathedral for late former FC Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova on April 28, 2014. – Former FC Barcelona president Josep Lluis Nunez, 87, died on December 3, 2018. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Former Barcelona president Josep Lluis Nunez, the club’s head for 22 years and during the success of their iconic 1992 team, has died aged 87, the Catalan club announced on Monday.

“FC Barcelona expresses its pain after the death of Josep Lluis Nunez (1931-2018), president of the club between 1978 and 2000,” Barca wrote in a statement.

Nunez recruited several star players over his tenure, from Argentina’s Diego Maradona to Brazilian duo Rivaldo and Ronaldo.

But it was in 1988 that he made one of his most influential signings, by appointing Holland´s Johan Cruyff as coach, prompting a radical overhaul of Barcelona’s playing identity.

Under Cruyff, the Catalan club won four La Liga titles in a row, from 1991 to 1994, and their first European Cup in 1992.

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Nunez had also established La Masia in 1979, the club´s training centre, now famous for bringing through the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and Pep Guardiola.

Owner of the construction group and hotels business Nunez i Navarro, Nunez spent a few weeks in prison between 2014 and 2015 after he was sentenced to two years and two months for bribing Spanish tax officials.

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