Being president is a bombastic dream that attacks by surprise, in the midst of other occupations. Suddenly, what you're immersed in – riding a hotel, building a skyscraper, running a restaurant – seems like a small business, and you make the leap. Who does not need a change of air from time to time. The small issues are those that keep most of humanity entertained and may well be very important, but one day, next to the dream of being president, they fall short, as happened to the new leader of Athletic, Aitor Elizegi, until then host and promoter of the slow food. His story does not differ from that of all football presidents. No one wanted in his youth to be president, or prepared to be president, but ended up in the presidency. Presidents stories are in some sense ghost stories.
Maybe the dream of being president starts as a joke. But what is a joke? When it spins, a joke mutates in a serious, primordial matter, with which it is not played. The normal thing is that a joke continues being it and it does not lead to any part, as when two journalists like Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin appeared in 1969 to direct the city of New York. "Mailer-Breslin. Really? ", Titled on its cover the magazine New York, even before it was known that his electoral program proposed the declaration of the city as an independent state, prohibited the circulation of private cars in its streets, and argued that there was enough methadone for heroin addicts. They received only 5% of the votes. But the president of Athletic took it seriously. So much so, that he first announced that he presented himself, then discarded it and finally headed a candidacy and won.
Modern football is linked to everything that has nothing to do with it. If we remove the players, without which football would not exist, what only serves to be employees, those who govern the teams previously did all kinds of business outside the sport. Recall in football attracted by the exclusive splendor that dismisses being president of a club. They proved their success in a bank, in a wine cellar, in a construction company, in an investment fund, perhaps in a chain of hotels, maybe in a real estate developer or in a political party. They know what success is, and also what needs a change of scenery. You do not expect a president who knows football. It would almost be an incongruity. Many years ago, Renato Cesarini said that, in his time as coach in Argentina, he met a manager who thought he understood a lot about football, and dared to give him some technical insights. "And what do you do?" Asked the coach, apparently interested. "I have a watchmaker," the official replied. To which Cesarini replied: "Well … when we talk about watches I will be interested in your opinion".