Before fans of the Catalan giants turn apoplectic, there are no plans to abandon the club’s iconic anthem Cant del Barca, first performed in 1974 as part of their 75th birthday celebrations.
Rather than running to the famous Kop anthem, the Merseybeat group Gerry and the cover version of the song that originated from the 1945 American musical Carousel, Laporta, who was previously in charge between 2003-10, instead wants use the words slogan.
The 58-year-old confirmed on Monday he will run for president, with a new club chief being elected on January 24.
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ESPN reports that as part of their manifesto, La Masia (The Farmhouse, Barca’s famous youth academy) will form the backbone of their campaign and will undergo a name change if they win.
Laporta declared: “La Masia will be a personalized accompaniment for the player, under the slogan ‘You will never walk alone”.
“We want it to become a center of high performance and sporting excellence, but also of personal development, where the treatment of athletes is not generic but individual.
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“We will do this with particular care for the values that make up strong personalities and of which we can be proud: we want athletes who love Barca.”
The words ‘You will never walk alone’ now appear on the official Liverpool FC crest while fans from several other teams sing the song as well, including former club Celtic and manager Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund.