Florentino Pérez wins a second term as president after no challengers stand for election

Denis Doyle

Florentino Perez will remain the president at Real Madrid after yesterday's deadlines passed with no other candidates standing against him.

Amidst the swirl of mixed emotions on Jose Mourinho's last day in charge at Real Madrid, the deadline for candidates to file for the club's presidential elects passed with no one standing to challenge incumbent Florentino Pérez.

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Pérez will now be confirmed to continue his role on Tuesday and he will service for another four-year term. The club's electoral commission confirmed Pérez as the lone candidate yesterday.

The club released the rather boring but wonderfully official statement on their website confirming the news.

"In Madrid, on June 2, 2013, at 00:01 hours, at the headquarters of the Electoral Board of the Real Madrid Football Club, directors met in order to try and decide the matters listed below [that of the presidency]," the statement reads.

"Having no more than one bid submitted to the Board, under Article 40, paragraph E, Section 2 of the current By-Laws of the Club, Florentino Perez was proclaimed President of Real Madrid."

Pérez has been president since 2009, his second period in charge of the Spanish giants. He first became Madrid president in 2000 but his initial reign at the club ended in 2006 after six years -- midway through his second term -- when he resigned explaining that the team and the entire club needed a new direction.

Pérez instituted what came to be called the Galácticos period at the club as he brought in several of the best players in the world each season. Luis Figo, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Robinho and Zinedine Zidane -- who signed for a then world record fee of €73.5 million -- were some of the biggest names.

His second tenure as president started with an even bigger bang as Pérez signed Kaká, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raúl Albiol, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso in the summer of 2009, spending upwards of €200 million.

In neither case -- at least so far in his second term -- has Pérez been able to deliver the coveted 10th European Cup to the club.

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