Former Barcelona head and assistant coach lost his battle with throat cancer this past Friday, April 25th. Vilanova was diagnosed in November 2011 and fought to remain alive since then. He had his tumor removed during that time, but relapsed a year later while in charge of the squad.
He left the team for a bit to get treatment in New York City. He returned in March of 2013 to see his squad reach the 100 point mark and win the league. Vilanova, like other Barca coaches, started out in the youth program of FC Barcelona. He played with Barcelona B but never broke into the senior squad.
He left to play with a few other Spanish clubs before retiring in 2001 to seek management positions. He returned to the Camp Nou to work with Barcelona B with Pep Guardiola. The pair eventually took over the senior team in 2008. From 2008-2012, both men transformed the squad into one of the best teams in Barcelona history, winning many coveted trophies, such as 2 champions league trophies.
Guardiola left the team after the 2011-2012 season to take a break from the sport. Vilanova took over after him. He is survived by his wife and children. People are allowed to enter the Camp Nou this weekend to pay their respects.
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