2 years ago this Monday, FC Barcelona coach passed away
Tito Vilanova, the coach who brought FC Barcelona to the Liga of the 100 points in the 2012-13 season, died on 25 April 2014 aged 45, after many months fighting against throat cancer.
Vilanova was born in Bellcaire d'Empordà on September 17, 1968 and when he was 16 he moved to La Masia, where he became friend with Pep Guardiola, Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira. Although he did not get to make debut in the first team, his career as a footballer was long: Figueres, Celta, Badajoz, Mallorca, Lleida, Elche and Gramenet until he hung up his boots in 2002.
In 2007 he joined Guardiola as assistant coach in Barça B to raise the subsidiary from 3rd to 2nd Division B. Having achieved promotion (in the first attempt), the staff landed at first team to sign an unforgettable stage: 14 titles in four seasons. An era that will be remembered not only for the successes but also for the team's beautiful style.
When Pep Guardiola decided to leave the first team, Tito Vilanova took over a proposal by Andoni Zubizarreta, then director of football of the club, and became coach. Vilanova's team reached 100 points in La Liga. Sadly, he became ill and assistant coach Jordi Roura had to lead the team during many phases.
Finally, in the summer of 2013 the club announced that Tito Vilanova could not continue in front of the team and the coach had to focus only on the fight against cancer, which ended up in defeat. Just 2 years ago.