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FC Barcelona News: 16 June 2012; The Tito Vilanova Era Begins, Barça Sign Youngster Artur Miani

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Good luck Tito!
Good luck Tito!

Tito signs for two years | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova signed his two-year contract [yesterday] morning in Sandro Rosell’s office. Vilanova, who will be FC Barcelona’s head manager through June 30, 2014, put his name to paper as President Rosell; vice-president of Sports, Josep M. Bartomeu; football director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and the manager’s representative looked on.

Tito Vilanova: "It's an honour. I'm eager and excited" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova is aware that he's taking on "a very big challenge," but that "we won't give up on any match or any titles. We'll try to win them all". "I accept this challenge because I know how football is understood here and, furthermore, I feel that I’ve been part of the successes of these past four years," says the new manager.

Vilanova targets two defenders for Barca - Yahoo! Sport UK
"We want to reinforce the squad at the back. It's a position we have had problems with," a calm and confident Vilanova told a packed news conference. "At the moment, we are interested in a left back and a centre-back. We don't have any plans to bring in any one up front."

Zubizarreta: "Why Tito? Because he’s brave" | FC Barcelona
"Why Tito? Because he’s brave, it’s a huge, demanding challenge, because of where we’ve been and where we’re going, it’s huge. He’s capable, he knows the idea and he has experienced the club from within. As Pep said, our success until now is partly down to him."

Sandro Rosell: "Let’s go, Tito! We’re going to have a great time together!" | FC Barcelona
"When Andoni proposed him, we didn’t think twice. For many reasons: because he represents the football ideology we want; for his human values; because he’s a very capable person, with specific ideas about football and how to get them across; and because he has been a Barça man all his life and has the club in his blood", said the president.

Spain midfielder Busquets likely to start against Croatia despite suffering from concussion -
Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets is expected to take to the field against Croatia on Monday, despite suffering from concussion. The Barcelona anchorman picked up the knock following a challenge from Keith Andrews in the holders' 4-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Gdansk, but went on to complete the full 90 minutes.

Barcelona land six-year-old Brazilian Artur Miani -
Barcelona have secured the services of six-year-old Brazilian talent Artur Miani. Miani was able to impress while on trial at La Masia in May after his sister had signed him up on the Catalan club's official website. He received a letter on Friday from Barca announcing that he had passed the tests and that he would be able to join the club's youth ranks in September.

Pochettino, committed | LFP
"I will remain the coach of Espanyol. I have rejected other proposals I have had. Out of respect for the fans and people who love this club, it is important to declare my allegiance at this time. I am privileged to be able to fulfil this dream and will continue to give all I can while the club and the fans continue to trust me. I am very proud to have taken on the values of this club".

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