Barcelona Pay Tribute To Vilanova With Pitch Naming

Barcelona have immortalised their former coach, Tito Vilanova by naming the principal pitch at the club’s training ground after him.

Vilanova passed on in April 2013 aged 45 after a long battle with throat cancer. He led Barcelona to a record 100 point tally during his only season as manager in 2012/13 after succeeding Pep Guardiola, under whom he enjoyed a trophy-laden four-year as assistant.

“He would have loved to have been here,” said Vilanova’s wife Montse Chaure. “He said it was a privilege to coach the best team in the world and that he loved the players.”

Lionel Messi in Barca Training at the Joan Gamper Facility. Image: Miguel Ruiz
Lionel Messi in Barca Training at the Joan Gamper Facility. Image: Miguel Ruiz

The Catalans’ first team as well as Vilanova’s two children were also in attendance at the Joan Gamper training facility.

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