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FC Barcelona News: 26 April 2014; Players Pay Respect to Tito Vilanova, 18 in Squad to Face Villarreal

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Tito Vilanova, eternally remembered | FC Barcelona
It is with immense sorrow that FC Barcelona announces that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova i Bayo (Bellcaire d’Empordà, 17/09/1968-Barcelona, 25/04/2014) departed this world today at the age of 45. He passed away this afternoon after losing his battle against an illness that had affected him since 2011.

Tito Vilanova, a life dedicated to FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
This is one of the most tragic times in the entire history of FC Barcelona. The news that has shocked the football and sporting world is that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova i Bayo (Bellcaire d’Empordà, 17/09/1968 – Barcelona 25/04/2014), a man admired and loved by everyone, has passed away at the age of 45 after failing to overcome the illness that forced him to resign from his duties as first team manager.

FC Barcelona first team squad pay homage to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
The first team squad showed their sadness and respect for Tito Vilanova this morning, visiting the space set aside by the Club for tributes to the ex-Barça coach who passed away on Friday after a long illness. Tata Martino led the squad, who were also accompanied by the rest of the first team staff and Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Messi: "For me, you will always be remembered Tito" | FC Barcelona
"All of us who have shared the FC Barcelona changing rooms with Tito Vilanova are deeply affected for all that he gave to us as a person and as a professional. I will always have inside of me the things I shared with him and the things we lived through together, which I can never forget. For me, you will always be remembered Tito"

Bartomeu: "we have gained a touchstone, a great figure" | FC Barcelona
Club Josep Maria Bartomeu expressed his sorrow and sadness soon after the news of Tito Vilanova’s passing away broke this afternoon, explaining: "it’s a very sad day. We knew it could happen and it’s been a long illness, but it has left us all feeling very empty".

Tito Vilanova: A good man, gone too soon by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
If I close my eyes and pause for a minute then it's just a day ago, perhaps two, that I was explaining to our readers just who Tito Vilanova was, why he was nicknamed the "Marquis" and what the "gluttons club" was. That he was a man of elegance, of potential, of ideas: of conviction.

'Your fight is our strength' a fitting legacy to Tito Vilanova at Barcelona | Football | The Guardian
On the eve of Tito Vilanova's first season in charge of Barcelona, he stood in the middle of the Camp Nou pitch with a microphone in hand. Tradition dictates that the new campaign is welcomed with the Gamper Trophy and the manager always has a message to deliver. This time, in August 2012, it carried a special emotive power. "I'm so happy that you're here with us," Vilanova turned to tell the French defender Eric Abidal. "Your fight is our strength."

#TitoEtern: The reaction of the sporting world | FC Barcelona
The reaction of the sporting world on social media.

#TitoEtern: Reactions in the Barça family | FC Barcelona
Social media reaction from the FC Barcelona family following the news of Tito Vilanova's passing away.

Remembrance area for Tito Vilanova opens | FC Barcelona
The area set aside for tributes and messages of condolence for Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou Main Stand opened this morning and has been receiving a steady stream of people wishing to remember the coach who passed away on Friday.

Send your messages of condolence | FC Barcelona
The death of Tito Vilanova has hit the Barça family and all who knew him or simply admired him, very hard and tributes to the ex-first team coach flooded in immediately after the news of his passing away broke. The Club has set up a special email account where all members and fans can send their messages of condolence and support to FC Barcelona and Tito Vilanova’s family:

18 man squad for Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino has named an eighteen-man squad to travel to Villarreal for Sunday’s game, with Sergio Busquets back after suspension and Cuenca and the injured Valdés, Puyol, Piqué, Alba, Neymar and Dos Santos missing out.

Elche edge away from trouble | Sky Sports Football
Elche moved four points clear of the Primera Division relegation zone, but Angel Rodriguez's 74th-minute strike denied them victory over regional rivals Levante at the Martinez Valero. Richmond Boakye's strike just after the hour mark put Elche on course for a deserved win, but Levante responded well to going a goal down, with Rodriguez's equaliser ensuring a 1-1 draw.

Transfer news: Javi Guerra still on course for Cardiff move | Sky Sports
The 32-year-old has already agreed a pre-contract ahead of a potential Bosman free transfer move this summer. However, Guerra was quoted as suggesting that he may yet end up going elsewhere. But Valladolid club president Carlos Suarez has told La Cadena Ser that as far as they are concerned, Guerra is heading for South Wales.