Ramon Calderon Steps Down As Real Madrid President

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After two and a half years in the job, Ramon Calderon has resigned from his position as president of popular Spanish football club Real Madrid, after allegations of a vote-rigging scandal. Vice president Vicente Boluda has now taken over as the club's president for the remainder of the 2008/09 season, with the next election to be held in the summer of 2009.

Calderon was elected into office in July 2006 to replace Luis Gomez-Montejano, beating Juan Palacios by a narrow margin in the voting to become Real Madrid's 17th president. When running for president, Calderon promised the signings of Chelsea's Arjen Robben, AC Milan's Kaka and Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, but in his time at Real Madrid, Calderon was only joined by Robben from that list.

Real Madrid are of course one of Europe's, if not the world's, biggest clubs - having won the Champions League a record number of nine times and the club had the highest average home attendance in Europe during the 2007/08 season, with an average of 76,234 turning up to watch.

Calderon was in the news repeatedly during the summer of 2008 stating his intent to sign Cristiano Ronaldo - widely regarded as the world's best player at the time - but as the rumours trundled on they proved to be little more than that as Ronaldo began the 2008/09 season as a Manchester United player.

Despite spending less than three full seasons at the helm, Calderon appointed three different managers at the club. Fabio Capello was installed for the 2006/07 season and despite winning the league title - that he secured on the last day of the season - he was sacked because his style of football was not deemed attractive enough. He was replaced by Bernd Schuster and attacking football immediately returned to the Bernabeu. Schuster won both the league and a cup in his first season in charge, but halfway through his second he stepped down as manager after a poor start to the campaign. Former Tottenham Hotspur Football Club manager Juande Ramos took over in December 2008.

Despite only delivering one of the three players he promised in the run up to his election, Calderon did bring a number of high profile stars to http://www.oleole.com/spain/laliga/realmadrid/tl44.html Real Madrid, including Ruud van Nistelrooy, Fabio Cannavaro and Pepe.

Accusations were made that Calderon had used non-members to vote for him in a general assembly vote in December - essentially a vote of confidence - whilst around 200 real members were denied entry. The 57-year-old has denied doing anything wrong and that any accusations of vote rigging are untrue.

Calderon's departure leaves Real Madrid looking for a new president who will bring his own ideas and proposed direction to the club. If the rumours that Florentino Perez is set to stand for re-election are true, that direction could see the return of the Galacticos.

Isla Campbell writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.



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