Liga - Perez to stand again as Real confirm elections

Real Madrid will hold presidential elections on June 16, with current chief Florentino Perez confirming he will stand for the post again.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (REUTERS)

The Liga runners-up and beaten Copa del Rey finalists used the announcement regarding Jose Mourinho’s departure to confirm the anticipated elections.

"As per article 38.b of the club's statutes, as president of Real Madrid I've spoken to the board members to inform them that we can now open the electoral process for Real Madrid president,” Perez said after confirming Mourinho’s departure.

“Elections will be held on June 16 and I've decided to run for re-election."

No-one is expected to run against Perez, a businessman and former local politician who is in his second term as club president, having run Los Merengues between 2000 and 2006 before returning three years later.

Perez was widely credited for introducing the ‘Galactico’ era of Real’s history, when the world’s top players – such as Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane – were signed for record fees.

Initially it worked, with a ninth European Cup and two Liga titles coming in Perez’s first three years as president, but the decision to part with coach Vicente del Bosque in 2003 backfired as Real failed to win La Liga until he resigned in 2006, saying the club needed a new direction.

Perez did return three years later, but only because no-one else was able to provide the 57 million euro guarantee required to stand for election. Indeed, the club had won two Liga titles in the interim, although their European woes continued until Mourinho’s arrival as coach in 2010.

Still, Madrid have only managed one Liga title since, and have stalled at the semi-finals in Europe for each of the past three seasons.

While Perez is able to please supporters with his continuing Galactico policy – which was moderated somewhat under Mourinho – the relative lack of silverware since he dispensed with Del Bosque means he is not universally popular.

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