Saturday 16 December 2017

Tito Vilanova factfile

Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova.
Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova.

The life and times of former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova.

1968: Born September 17 in Bellcaire d'Emporda, a Catalonian village.

1988: Comes through the Barcelona youth set-up along with fellow midfielder Pep Guardiola, but cannot break into the first team, playing for two years at Barcelona B.

1990: Joins lower-league Figueres.

1992: Moves to Primera Division Celta Vigo, but fails to hold down a first-team place.

1995: Leaves Celta.

2002: Retires from playing after short spells in the lower leagues with Badajoz, Real Mallorca, Lleida, Elche and finally Gramenet.

2007: After working as technical director at Tarrassa, Vilanova becomes Guardiola's assistant at Barcelona B. The pair help the team to promotion to Segunda Division B.

2008: June - Guardiola takes over as coach of Barcelona and Vilanova comes with him as his assistant. The pair win the league, cup and Champions League in the first season in charge. Two more league titles, another Champions League crown and two Club World Cups follow.

2011: November 22 - Undergoes surgery on his parotid salivary gland in Barcelona and spends three weeks recovering after being discharged.

2012: April 27 - Appointed new Barcelona head coach, after Guardiola announces he will not renew his contract.

June 15 - Vilanova signs a two-year contract.

December 19 - Barcelona announce Vilanova will have surgery on the parotid gland for a second time and faces approximately six weeks of chemotherapy after the return of his cancer.

2013: March 26 - After undergoing 10 weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment in New York, Vilanova returns to Barcelona.

April 6 - Returns to the Nou Camp touchline for the first time in a 5-0 home victory over Real Mallorca.

April 26 - Speaks to the media for the first time since his treatment, saying: "I feel with desire and with strength I want to continue next season."

May 11 - Barcelona clinch their 22nd Primera Division title as rivals Real Madrid are held to a draw by Espanyol.

July 19 - Barcelona announce Vilanova is stepping down to continue his treatment for cancer.

2014: April 25 - Barcelona announce Vilanova's death, at the age of 45.

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