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Former Barcelona coach Vilanova dies after battle with cancer

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-25

The former coach of Barcelona’s famed football club has died at the age of 45 from throat cancer, the team announced on Friday.

Tito Vilanova took over as head coach in 2012, having been Pep Guardiola’s assistant during the most successful period in Barca’s history.

During that time the team won three out of four La Liga titles and the Champions League tournament in 2009 and 2011.

It went on to make the best-ever start to a La Liga season with 18 wins from 19 games but, in December 2012, Vilanova was diagnosed with cancer for the second time.

At the end of the season he announced he was resigning to concentrate on his recovery from the illness.

Vilanova, who has been fighting a recurring tumor in a saliva gland, was admitted to a local hospital in Barcelona last week.

He is survived by his wife, Montse Chaure, and two children. His son Adrian is currently in Barcelona's youth academy.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AP)

Date created : 2014-04-25

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