Spanish soccer and basketball presidents re-elected
Luis Rubiales and Jorge Garbajosa have today been re-elected as presidents of the RFEF and FEB, the Spanish soccer and basketball federations respectively, for a further four years.
Rubiales (pictured) was the sole candidate and received 95 votes in favour, with none against, while 10 ballots were blank, in an election that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Rubiales, the former head of AFE, the Spanish players’ union, took the helm in 2018, and was set to go up against Iker Casillas only for the former captain of the Spanish national team to withdraw from the process in June.
His next term will include the 2020 Uefa European Championships, now in 2021, and the 2022 Fifa World Cup, while Spain is also planning to bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Portugal.
During his tenure, Rubiales has repeatedly clashed with LaLiga and its often outspoken president Javier Tebas over issues such as the fixtures calendar and the proposed playing of league matches in USA.
The power struggle has carried over into the 2020-21 season, with the RFEF blocking LaLiga games from being played on Mondays and Fridays, to the chagrin of LaLiga, which wants these slots for television broadcasts, and has threatened to take legal action over the issue.
Garbajosa, meanwhile, was also unopposed and received 66 votes in favour, while six ballots were blank at the FEB election.
The former basketball player has been head of the FEB since 2016, and has overseen the federation during a period of considerable on-court success, with the men’s national team triumphing in the Basketball World Cup and the female side winning the EuroBasket Women in 2019.