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Onieva forces ballot for Real Madrid presidency

May 21, 2009

Juan Onieva has presented himself as a candidate for the Real Madrid presidency, ensuring that the Spanish giants will have to hold elections next month.

The elections will now definitely go ahead after Onieva became the second candidate following Florentino Perez's official announcement last week.

The former vice-president announced that he will attempt to restore three key principles to the club should he emerge triumphant.

"First, that Real Madrid is a sporting entity over 100 years old and we don't want to stop being one," said Onieva. "Second, that winning is not enough, we have to win with style.

"And third, that the cornerstone of the project has to be to the members. The members are the end and the beginning of the club.

"We have to get these values back. We need everyone's contribution with the aim of making Real Madrid greater. We have to recover our principles."

Onieva was vice-president from 1995-2000, when the team won two Champions League titles and a Primera Division crown, leaving just before the Galacticos era where the club signed big-name foreign players.

And he insists that if he is successful in the presidential elections he will switch the focus back to homegrown talent - something that has served treble-chasing Barcelona so well this season.

"I would place the focus on two great columns: players from the youth team and Spanish players."

Any other candidates have 10 days remaining to put themselves forward.