The Coronavirus Took Lorenzo Sanz, That President Who Returned Real Madrid To International Glory

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who held the post between 1995 and 2000, when the Spanish club twice won the Champions League, died this Saturday at the age of 76, his namesake son reported. For the White House, the 1998 conquest was very important, because it was the end of a 32-year drought in the continental competition, and the 2000 one was the eighth, won in the first final between teams from the same country. my father died. He did not deserve this ending and in this way. One of the best, bravest and hardworking people I have ever seen is leaving. His family and Real Madrid were his passion. My mother and my brothers have enjoyed all his moments with pride, “announced Lorenzo Sanz (h.), one of the five offspring of the former director. Three days earlier, in a video published on social networks, the former professional basketball player reported that his father had been admitted to a Madrid hospital because he had the usual symptoms of the coronavirus. The Merengue club confirmed the death: “Today, Real Madrid is mourning the loss of a president who dedicated a large part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid. Given current circumstances, Real Madrid will give him as soon as possible the recognition he deserves. ” In a statement, the institution highlighted successes during the manager’s term: “With Lorenzo Sanz as president of Real Madrid, the club won two European Cups in addition to an Intercontinental Cup, a League, a Spanish Super Cup, a basketball league and a European Cup Winners’ Cup. “The captain of the soccer team, Sergio Ramos, who is in preventive quarantine due to coronavirus like the rest of the squad, also gave his respects after a player from the basketball team gave a positive test. “Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for history: 7 and 8. His death saddens even more these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences for family and friends. Rest in peace, “the Andalusian defender wrote on Twitter. Sanz came to the board of Real Madrid in the mid-eighties, when the president was Ramón Mendoza, whom he replaced in 1995. With the German Jupp Heynckes as coach and great figures in the field, like the Montenegrin Predrag Mijatovic, the Croatian Davor Suker, the Brazilian Roberto Carlos, the Dutch Clarence Seedorf and the Spaniards Fernando Hierro and Raúl González, Real Madrid reconquered the “Orejona” in 1998. It was the expected seventh of the club, then 32 years without raising that glass. The victory was due to a goal by Mijatovic in Amsterdam against Juventus, who started as favorite in the final of the Champions League.Two years later, in Paris, Real achieved the eighth by beating Valencia, in the first definition between compatriot teams . That year, after advancing the election at the club, Sanz was defeated at the polls by Florentino Pérez, who opened a successful international era: five Champions League, four club world championships and a European-South American Cup obtained in two decades.