FC Barcelona News: 21 July 2013; Tito Vilanova Bids Farewell in Open Letter, Barça's Sandro Leads Spain U-19

Alex Grimm

Open letter from Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
After five marvellous years forming part of a team that has made what any manager dreams of come true, the time has come to face a change in my professional career in order to put my strength and energy into continuing the process of the illness that was diagnosed a year and a half ago.

Tito’s farewell on the front pages | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s stepping down has proved to be a big blow for the footballing world and the international and national media have been quick to give messages of support to Vilanova, his family and the Club.

Jupp Heynckes rules himself out of Barcelona running - ESPN FC
"I'm keeping myself busy with hobbies and sport. I have my animals and a huge garden," he told Germany's Sky Sport News. "I think it would be impossible for me, after working at Bayern Munich, now to take over a new club. "I have understood the signals my body has been giving me and I am feeling good, enjoying the time I have for myself."

Barça looking for a new date for Polish game | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are working together with the promoters of the game in Gdansk to find a new date for a friendly match in Poland as soon as possible. Both the Club and the promoters are determined to announce a new date as soon as it is possible.

Ten years on from Ronaldinho signing | FC Barcelona
Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the arrival at the Camp Nou of one of the most important players in the Club’s history. Ronaldinho had been signed from París Saint Germain and was already recognised as one of the most promising players in the international game. His presentation was held in front of 25,000 fans at the Camp Nou – a number which was anything but usual at that time.

Stats and figures from Ronaldinho’s career at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Brazilian with the magical smile was Barça’s marquee player from the 2003/04 season through the 2007/08 season. During this time he won 2 Ligas (2004/05), 1 Champions League (2005/06), 2 Spanish Super Cups (2005/06, 2006/07) and 3 Catalan Cups (2003/04, 2004/05, 2006/07).

The most spectacular goals scored by Ronaldinho for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
During his time at FC Barcelona, Ronaldinho ability to successfully complete seemingly impossible plays and score legendary goals made him an instant favourite at the Camp Nou. Here’s an overview of the top ten goals scored by Ronaldinho for Barça.

Manchester United return with improved bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas | Sky Sports
Manchester United have tabled an improved £30m plus add-ons bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to Sky sources. United boss David Moyes has admitted signing a new midfielder is his priority ahead of the new season, although the Spanish club have warned the Premier League champions off the former Arsenal man, who rejoined Barca in 2011 following eight years in north London.

Sandro strike means Spain beat Portugal – UEFA.com
These teams produced a spectacular 3-3 draw when they met in last year's U19 group stage, yet this time around it took a solitary strike from Sandro Ramírez to stem the disappointment of Héctor Bellerín's late red card and settle a no less entertaining Group A encounter.

Illarramendi back in training | Football Espana
Asier Illarramendi is back in training for Real Madrid after a slight injury concern earlier on in the week. The young midfielder, who joined Los Blancos this summer from Real Sociedad in a deal worth €40m, complained of a slight niggle during his first week of training at the club.

Jese set for Madrid contract extension | Football Espana
Real Madrid are set to extend Jese’s contract with the club, and will put off other top European sides by introducing a €200m release clause. The 20-year-old is seen as one of the bright young things of Spanish football, and a player that Los Blancos are desperate to keep hold of for the future.

Argentine midfielder Juan Forlin quits Espanyol to join Al Rayyan | Sky Sports
Argentine Juan Forlin has left Espanyol to join Qatari side Al Rayyan. The defensive midfielder spent four seasons in Catalunya after joining the club from Boca Juniors in 2009 and departs to the Middle East for an undisclosed fee.

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