FC Barcelona – La Liga An important person in Catalan and Spanish sport
Josep Lluis Vilaseca, a former director at Barcelona, has died at the age of 90.
He was a well-respected name in Catalan and Spanish sport, having held some positions with a lot of responsibility at the Camp Nou.
This unfortunate news about Vilaseca’s death has come from Catalunya Radio.
Vilaseca was a director at Barcelona between 1969 and 1977, during the presidency of Agusti Montal and later with Raimon Carrasco. He also chaired the 21st Century Commission, set up in October 2000 to reform the club’s statutes.
But Vilaseca was also a key figure in the organisation of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games and was a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee from 2003.
His work at UEFA was also noteworthy, as he was a member of the European body’s Control and Disciplinary Committee from 1987 until 1996, when he became president. He was also a member of the jury for the Prince of Asturias Foundation awards.
From 1980 to 1995 he was also the Catalan government’s Minister for Sport. He was even a member of parliament for the Convergencia i Unio party.
In 2018, Vilaseca received the special award from the former president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
He was also awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (2002), the UEFA Order of Merit (2007) and the City of Barcelona Gold Medal for sporting merit (2014) and the IOC’s Olympic Order.