It would only be right for our first soccer topic to be Tito Vilanova.
The former Barcelona coach passed away friday, having lost his bout with throat cancer, he was only 45 years old. The club released a statement on friday afternoon, and reactions soon came from all over the football world.
Arch-rivals Real Madrid released a statement stating their support for Barcelona. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho – who infamously gouged Vilanova’s eye in a meeting between Barcelona and Real-Madrid- sent his support to Vilanova’s family in a press conference. “Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and friends. On behalf of everybody at Chelsea Football Club I send my
deepest condolences at this most difficult time.
The most touching messages came from the Barcelona players themselves.
“I’m speechless. You have been and will be always an example. I will never forget you” Said Barce midfielder Andres Iniesta.
“Tito Vilanova, one of the best coaches I had in my career. Thanks for everything you gave us” – Victor Valdes, Barce goaltender
“Thanks for everything Tito. May your soul rest in peace,”- Midfielder Alex Song
( Tito Vilanova, Pictured above, died yesterday of throat cancer)
Francesc ” Tito” Vilanova was an integral part of the Barcelona squad that won 14 titles. He served as an assistant to Pep Guardiola
from 2008 until 2012, when he took over the reins. In his first season season he won the league title and made it to the champions
league semi-finals. He planned to continue coaching but was forced to step down a month before the 2013-2014 began because is
cancer had relapsed and it was no longer possible for him to manage. Tito is survived by his wife Montse, daugther Carlota and son Adrià.
He will be missed.
Andrew Brennan, All day sportz