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Former Barcelona president Josep Lluis Nuñez dies aged 87

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The of Barcelona, Josep Lluis Nuñez i Clemente, died on Monday at the age of 87 after a long battle with illness, the side announced.

Having stepped out of the public spotlight in recent years, Nuñez ran from 1978 until 2000, and presided over the club's first-ever win in 1992, reports news.

"Nuñez totally transformed the club," said in a statement on its official website.

"This was a decisive period in the club's history, with huge changes to the way operated around the world, particularly in terms of and media attention," the club added.

Though did not win a title until the 1984/1985 season, under Nuñez's leadership, the club secured its financial independence and was a pioneer in generating income from broadcast rights and marketing.

"His dedication was unquestionable, and the 175 titles won by the professional teams (30 for football, 36 basketball, 65 and 44 roller hockey) were simply staggering," the club statement detailed.

In his 22 years at the helm, underwent two expansions, the and the Barcelona foundation were created and the land for the club's City was acquired.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 22:28 IST
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