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Barcelona name training pitch in memory of former coach Vilanova


Barcelona have honored the memory of former coach Tito Vilanova by renaming a training ground after him.

The Catalan club's board of directors agreed to name the number one pitch at the club's training camp at Sant Joan Despi after Vilanova.

Vilanova, who replaced Pep Guardiola at the helm of Barca and won La Liga in his only season in charge, died of throat cancer at the age of 45 in April.

A statement from Barcelona read: "The Board gave its unanimous approval of the proposal to rename pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva after Tito Vilanova in posthumous honor of the former FC Barcelona player and manager."

Vilanova began his playing career at Barcelona's training academy but never made it to the first team. Instead, he played at Celta Vigo and Mallorca before his career was cut short by a serious knee injury.

He went on to coach Barcelona's youth system and in 2008 he was hired as Guardiola's assistant.

Vilanova helped Barca win 14 of a possible 19 major trophies in four years under Guardiola before becoming head coach in the summer of 2012

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