Álvaro Presta Torns

FC Barcelona President for 3 months in 1914

Álvaro Presta Torns, who is often known by the Catalan version of his name Àlvar, was born in Barcelona in 1868 and became 14th president of FC Barcelona after having built a reputation in Barcelona society as a doctor in the early 20th century.

He was an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, who was president of the Societat Barcelonina d'Amics de la Instrucció (1908), of the Acadèmia d'Higiene (1913-1916) as well of the Sindicat de Metges de Catalunya and after his stint as FC Barcelona president, he also presided over the Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques de Catalunya from 1918 to 1920.

Furthermore, Presta ran a tuberculosis consultancy in Barcelona and was academic correspondent for the Reial Acadèmia de Medicina.

In fact, it was his interest in hygene that got Álvaro Presta involved in sport and he joined the board of directors of FC Barcelona in 1913 under president Francesc de Moxó i de Sentmenat.

Presta was elected club president on June 30th 1914 in an atmosphere of tension due to a faction led by Joaquim Peris de Vargas, who had been vice president under Joan Gamper in 1910 and  Francesc de Moxó in 1913 and was elected vice president once again in 1914.

Due to the pressures of the dissidents, Álvaro Presta only lasted 3 months in office and resigned on September 29th with Peris de Vargas immediately occupying his position.

A year later in 1915, Presta was one of the founding members and first president of the Federació Atlètica Catalana.

He died in 1933.


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