Calderón named Madrid president

The 55-year-old Ramón Calderón has been appointed Real Madrid CF's president, with the Spanish club hoping he will "build a new era of sporting success".

Ramón Calderón has today been named the Real Madrid CF president despite uncertainty over the inclusion of postal votes cast in last night's election.

Calderón in front
Former director Calderón received 8,344 votes, 246 more than rival candidate Juan Palacios and 1,642 more than Juan Miguel Villar Mir. Calderón claimed victory yesterday but Villar Mir said he would challenge the result. More than 10,500 votes were registered by mail but a judge provisionally suspended them on Friday after concerns over their legality. In confirming Calderón's appointment at an emergency meeting today, Madrid appeared to be going forward with just yesterday's results.

Club announcement
"The decision was made due to the fact we are unlikely to have a decision over the legality of the postal vote in the near future, and in order to allow the club to function properly and try to build a new era of sporting success," a club spokesman said on Monday afternoon. The other two candidates, former president Lorenzo Sanz and lawyer Arturo Baldasano, trailed further behind in the poll with 2,377 and 1,581 votes respectively. Approximately 42 per cent of the 66,355 club members who were entitled to vote attended Sunday's poll in person.

Grand plans
Calderón, a 55-year-old lawyer, has said he will appoint former player Predrag Mijatović, the Serbian striker who scored the winner in the 1998 UEFA Champions League final, as sporting director and has spoken of bringing Fabio Capello back as coach. He joined the board at the invitation of president Florentino Pérez in January 2002 and stayed there when the construction magnate resigned in April this year.