Barcelona name training pitch after Vilanova

The Catalan club have renamed the main pitch of their training complex after the late former head coach, who died last year

Barcelona have renamed a training pitch at their Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facility after Tito Vilanova, who died at the age of 45 last year following a lengthy battle with throat cancer.

After succeeding Pep Guardiola, whom he had previously assisted for the 2012-13 season, Vilanova guided Barca to the Liga title with a club record haul of 100 points.

However, his sole campaign in charge was interrupted by illness and he was forced to step down in July 2013.

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At a ceremony on Friday, Vilanova’s wife Montse Chaure spoke of her pride at the tribute to her late husband.

“Tito loved coming here,” she said. “He said it was a privilege to train the best team in the world and he loved the players.

“This is the best way to remember him – everyone together and with a smile.”

Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta took to Twitter later in the day, saying: “There is no better name for our training pitch.”

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu added: “From now on, all generations that come to train at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will know who Tito Vilanova was.”