Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Cécile Duflot ruffles some feathers

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

  • Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Reporter’s IS captors taunted family, asked for €100m ransom

    Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

Sport

FC Barcelona names Argentine Gerado Martino as new coach

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-07-23

Spanish football giants FC Barcelona on Tuesday recruited Gerado Martino as their new coach, replacing Tito Vilanova, who left for health reasons. The Argentine, who received the backing of his countryman Lionel Messi, signed a two-season deal.

Barcelona reached an agreement Tuesday to sign Gerardo Martino as coach for two seasons, replacing Tito Vilanova.

Barcelona said it will specify plans for the Argentine’s arrival in Barcelona “in the coming hours.” Martino is expected to travel from Argentina to sign a contract and be presented officially to the club.

Vilanova stepped down as Barcelona coach last week following a recurrence of throat cancer.

Despite having no experience coaching a European club, the 50-year-old Martino received backing from Barcelona star Lionel Messi before the club’s sporting director traveled to Buenos Aires to negotiate the deal.

Messi spoke glowingly of Martino, better known in Argentina by the nickname “Tata.”
“I like Tata Martino,” Messi said recently. “He is a great coach,” adding that “his teams play well and we all respect him.”

The club praised Martino on its website for “his clear commitment to the passing game” and the attacking style that have become Barcelona’s on-field trademark.

Martino played as a midfielder from 1980-1996, including a short spell in 1991 at Spanish club Tenerife in the Canary Islands. He also led Paraguay to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time, in 2010.

Martino is due to arrive with his assistant from coaching Newell’s Old Boys last season, Jorge Pautasso, fitness coach Elvio Paulo Rosso and coach Adrian Coria, who once was in charge of Messi at the Argentine club.

Barcelona says Martino will become the fourth Argentine to coach the club, after Helenio Herrera (1958-60, 1980 and 1980-81), Roque Olsen (1965-67), and Cesar Luis Menotti (1983-84).

Barcelona is due to travel to Germany on Wednesday for a preseason friendly match against Bayern Munich - which is now coached by Vilanova’s predecessor, Pep Guardiola - but Martino is not going to be able to accompany the squad, the club said.

(AP)
 

Date created : 2013-07-23

  • FOOTBALL

    Brazilian striker Neymar to sign with Barcelona

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Bayern beat Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League

    Read more

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Barcelona draw 1-1 with PSG to qualify for semi-finals

    Read more

COMMENT(S)