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Josep Sunyol

Josep Sunyol Spanish football executive

Spanish football executive
Josep Sunyol
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Intro Spanish football executive
Was Politician
From Spain
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 21 July 1898, Barcelona, Spain
Death 6 August 1936, Sierra de Guadarrama, Spain (aged 38 years)
Star sign CancerCancer
Politics Republican Left of Catalonia
Children: Josep Ildefons Suñol Soler
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Josep Sunyol i Garriga (21 July 1898, Barcelona – 6 August 1936, Sierra de Guadarrama) was a Catalan lawyer, journalist, politician and president of FC Barcelona, he advocated for the independence of Catalonia from Spain.

Sunyol came from both a wealthy family and a long line of Catalan political militants. He was a member of Acció Catalana, a left-wing group and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya.

In 1928 he became a director of FC Barcelona and in 1930 he founded the left-wing newspaper La Rambla, which opposed the Primo de Rivera regime. In 1931 he was elected to the Cortes as an ERC deputy. He was subsequently re-elected in 1933 and 1936.

He served as president of both the Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya and the Federació Catalana de Futbol. In 1935 he was elected president of FC Barcelona.

On 6 August 1936, during the early days of the Spanish Civil War, Sunyol was arrested by Francoist troops in the Sierra de Guadarrama and was then murdered by one of Franco's soldiers. His body was only exhumed in the 1990s after Els Amics de Josep Sunyol (The Friends of Josep Sunyol) campaigned for FC Barcelona to recognize the 60th anniversary of his death.

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