Ex-Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova dead at 45

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Barcelona, Spain (4E Sports) – Former FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has died of throat cancer at 45.

Vilanova was diagnosed with cancer in November 2011 and took a leave of absence to undergo surgery.

He has replaced Guardiola as FC Barcelona coach when a second tumour was removed in December 2012.

In April 2013 Vilanova said he felt fine and finished the season before suddenly being forced to resign following a relapse in July.

Amoong his legacy was leading FC Barcelona to the Spanish league title in 2013 with a record-equalling 100 points in his only season in charge.

Furthermore, as an assistant to Guardiola from 2008-12, he provided the tactical know-how that propeled FC Barcelona into one of the world’s best ever by winning 14 of a possible 19 major trophies.

“The FC Barcelona is in immense mourning,” the club tweeted.

“Tito Vilanova was a wonderful person, and will never be forgotten at FC Barcelona,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Twitter.

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