Barcelona elects Rosell president

Barcelona says its members have elected Sandro Rosell as its

president, succeeding Joan Laporta at the helm of the Catalan


The club said on its website Sunday that Rosell had won more

than 60 percent of the vote. Agusti Benedito came second.

Laporta had been president since 2003 and leaves the Spanish

champion after presiding over one of its most successful periods,

winning six trophies in 2009.

Coach Pep Guardiola said he would not commit to the club for

next year until he knew who the new president would be.