José Antonio de Albert Muntadas

CF Barcelona President 1943

José Antonio de Albert succeeded Enrique Piñeyro as president of CF Barcelona after the latter's second term of office and definitive resignation in 1943 and occupied the position for a little over a month.

Born in 1910 into an important Barcelona industrial family, who had been given aristocratic titles by King Alfonso XIII.

José Antonio de Albert was third Count of Santa María de Sans and second Baron of Terrades and also owner of La España Industrial textile factory.

A lover of sport, he built sports facilities for the factory that included a football ground with a capacity for 5,000 spectators and in 1934, founded the Sección Deportiva La España Industrial football team, which by the 1940s became a member of the Federación Catalana de Fútbol.

On August 14th 1943, the Francoist authorities named José Antonio de Albert president of CF Barcelona following Enrique Piñeyro's resignation over the team's 11-1 defeat in the semi-final of the Copa del Generalísimo.

De Albert himself resigned on September 20th in order to become president of the Federación Catalana de Fútbol to be replaced by José Vendrell.

Relations remained good and later SD La España Industrial became associated with CF Barcelona and even reached the first division in 1956 under the name CD Condal.


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