Feeling blue(y-red)

FC Barcelona vice president Marc Ingla joins Mangrove Capital Partners.

Fans of Spanish football giants FC Barcelona have had plenty to cheer about in recent years: their team are the reigning Spanish and European champions, and are considered by some to be the finest in football history. 

However, their current season imploded in April when they effectively surrendered both of their crowns in the space of four days, with a home loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid in La Liga, and an ignominious exit from the Champions League at the hands of English side Chelsea.

But for those blaugranas still crying into their paella, do not despair – for First Round brings news that will undoubtedly restore your faith in humanity. Marc Ingla, the club’s vice president between 2003 and 2008 (and in a previous life, a well-known entrepreneur and angel investor) has a new job! 

That’s right – Ingla (who was responsible for many of the commercial and media deals that have made FCB perhaps the most famous club in world football) has joined Mangrove Capital Partners, a Luxembourg-based early stage tech investment firm, as a partner.

If that doesn’t put a smile back on their faces in Las Ramblas, nothing will.