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FC Barcelona News: 20 July 2013; Tito Vilanova Steps Down as Barça Manager, Poland Friendly Cancelled

David Ramos

Tito Vilanova will not continue at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Vilanova will not be able to perform his managerial duties as he undergoes further treatment for his illness. During this afternoon’s press conference, Mr Rosell announced: "After evaluating the results from the routine check-ups, which Tito Vilanova underwent this week, he was presented with the option to continue treatment to control his illness which will make it impossible to continue his responsibilities as the first team manager of the senior side."

Iniesta: "Tito will fight back and win this terrible battle" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta was at an event held in his honour in his home town of Fuentealbilla by the supporters clubs of Castilla La Mancha and he took the chance to send his support to Tito Vilanova after the announcement that he would be standing down because of his medical treatment. Iniesta insisted during the event: "Tito will fight back and win this terrible fight".

La Liga: Show of support for outgoing Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova | Sky Sports
Rival clubs both in Spain and abroad also came out in support of Vilanova, including Real Madrid who released a statement on their website which read: "Real Madrid CF want to express their support for and solidarity with Tito Vilanova and also to his family, friends and FC Barcelona."

Rosell: "It’s a hard blow to take" | FC Barcelona
Speaking to the press this evening, President Sandro Rosell announced that Tito Vilanova would be standing down as a result of his new medical treatment, the team would not be playing in Poland on Saturday night and that a new coach would be presented early next week.

New manager likely to be announced early next week | FC Barcelona
After it was revealed that Tito Vilanova will no longer manage FC Barcelona, President Sandro Rosell, who was accompanied by Andoni Zubizarreta, announced: "In the next couple of days Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta will announce the new manager, probably early next week."

Gerardo Martino emerges as favourite for Barcelona job - ESPN FC
Initial reports had suggested Vilanova’s assistant, Rubi, was the forerunner for the position, having led Segunda Division side Girona to last season’s play-off final. However, El Mundo Deportivo, Marca and AS all believe Martino, nicknamed "Tata", is the most likely candidate.

Luis Enrique set for Barcelona? | Football Espana
TV3 have insisted this afternoon that the new Celta Vigo boss is now the man most likely to succeed Vilanova. Enrique was Barcelona B Coach between 2008 and 2011 before move to Roma for an ill-fated season.

Who could get the Barcelona job? - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
With the sudden departure of Vilanova as coach, president Sandro Rosell and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta will have to hurry to find a replacement, since there is only one month until Barcelona begin the defence of their Spanish title. Here are the most likely men that Barcelona will target.

FC Barcelona will not play in Gdansk this Saturday | FC Barcelona
Barça will not play against Lechia in Poland on Saturday. "After speaking with the captains, the players and the coaches, we’ve decided to not travel to Poland tomorrow because we don’t have the emotional strength to do so," said President Sandro Rosell just after announcing that Tito Vilanova will no longer manage FC Barcelona.

Barça’s most recent number 11s | FC Barcelona
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior will wear the Barça number 11 shirt in the 2013/14 squad – just as he did with Santos and the various Brazilian national teams. The Brazilian will take over from Thiago Alcántara, who wore number 11 last season before he moved on to Bayern Munich. Before Neymar and Thiago though, there have been plenty of big name players in the number 11 shirt.

LFP form Department of Integrity | Football Espana
"The new department is operational and has been working for more than a month on issues related to match-fixing, illegal betting, piracy of games and their illegal broadcast over the internet," read the LFP’s statement released today.

Madrid, Rayo cash in on Negredo | Football Espana
Marca report that as part of his 2009 transfer from Madrid to Sevilla, an agreement put in place hten between the clubs has now resulted in Los Blancos receiving a €4.4m payment. Meanwhile, Rayo Herald also report that Rayo Vallecano, who developed the player as a youth, are entitled through FIFA rules to a percentage share and that the club believe it stands at around €500,000.

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