Tito Vilanova & Athletic Bilbao
Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. Athletic Club, also known as Athletic Bilbao, is a professional football club, based in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain./5
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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova confirmed after his side's 7-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final loss to Bayern Munich that star forward Lionel Messi was not injured but did not feature in the second leg for fear of picking up a knock. Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern prevailed 3-0 at the Nou Camp this evening to seal an emphatic 7-0 aggregate triumph over the Catalan club and set up an all-German Wembley final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25. Leading 4-0 from the first leg, the Bavarians were similarly clinical in Catalunya with second-half goals from Arjen Robben, Gerard Pique - who put through his own net - and Thomas Muller sealing a one-sided win over a sorry Barca side for whom Messi was an unused substitute. Messi felt good against Athletic Bilbao (on Saturday), but in the final minutes of the game at San Mames he noticed a strange feeling,' Vilanova said of the four-time reigning world player of the year. 'He's not injured, but he felt he could pick up an injury. 'Yesterday he train ...
Numbers don't lie, and there is no doubt Barcelona has been the best team in 2012. The 'Azulgranas' may not have captured the league title, but they have earned some 103 points this calendar year, equalling the mark they set in 2010. On the other hand, Real Madrid, last year's league champion, lies some way off the pace, having picked up 93 points. The start overseen by Tito Vilanova this campaign has been nothing short of remarkable. Barça is sitting pretty at the top of the table, on 49 points, having matched its goalscoring figures from 1950-51, with 57 goals. The 'Azulgranas' still have two games left – against Espanyol and Málaga – to further raise the bar before the first half of the season officially comes to a close. If the Catalans come away with three points on both occasions, they will reach the league halfway mark with 55 points, putting them firmly on course to smash the record 100-point tally set by Real Madrid last season. Leo Messi, meanwhile, has the chance to equal his personal rec ...
News La Liga 1) Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas may have been dropped from the starting line-up recently, but the veteran goalkeeper can still look back at 2012 with pride. 2) Defender Dani Alves admits football is of secondary importance while Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova fights a second battle against cancer. 3) Real Mallorca president Jaume Cladera has resigned from his post with the La Liga club. 4) Ex-Barcelona star Johan Cruyff has claimed the 16-point gap between his former club and Real Madrid is dangerous for Spanish football. 5) Malaga are showing interest in Paris Saint-Germain defender Diego Lugano, Le Parisien has reported. 6) Marcelo Bielsa has slammed his Athletic Bilbao side after they were defeated 2-0 by Real Zaragoza in La Liga on Saturday. 7) Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has confirmed Paris Saint-Germain are interested in his services. Source- ESPNStar (gk)
World Football News Update: 1. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has agreed a £10m deal for 25-year-old Marseille striker Loic Remy - paving the way for Magpies forward Demba Ba, 27, to leave in January. 2. Arsenal and Liverpool target Fernando Llorente is set to meet Juventus officials on Monday in a bid to thrash out a deal that will see the 27-year-old old Spain striker leave Athletic Bilbao. 3. Chelsea have been told to cough up £30m if they want to sign 28-year-old Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero, who scored the winner against them in the Club World Cup final. 4. Reading are hopeful of beating Arsenal to a deal for highly-rated Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu, 23, from Congolese club TP Mazembe. 5. Journalists, fans and Uefa officials were left stunned after the Champions League last 16 draw produced exactly the same ties in both the rehearsal and the real thing 6. Barcelona have confirmed that Tito Vilanova's surgery has gone according to plan. 7. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a threat ...
Tito Vilanova: “Athletic Bilbao will play the same way they did last season”: The Barça boss warned that ...
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa lavished praise on Barcelona after seeing his side destroyed 5-1 by Tito Vilanova's men on Saturday.
Tito Vilanova's side have equalled the best ever start to a domestic campaign and could go one better with a win over their struggling Basque visitors PROBABLE LINEUPS BARCELONA:Valdes Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Alba Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas Pedro, Messi, Iniesta ATHLETIC BILBAO:Iraizoz De Marcos, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe Herrera, Iturraspe, Muniain Susaeta, Aduriz, Gomez Barcelona defender Dani Alves will miss Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Athletic Bilbao with a hamstring injury. Alexis Sanchez, Marc Bartra and Isaac Cuenca all remain sidelined, while Adriano (illness) is a doubt. Athletic Bilbao are set to be without right-back Andoni Iraola, who suffered a muscle injury during training.
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out for four weeks after sustaining a foot injury on international duty. The Chile international limped out of his country's 3-1 defeatto Serbia after 20 minutes following a challenge from LukaMilivojevic with tests immediately pencilled in to determine the extent of the damage. And Barca will not be pleased to hear the former Udinese man has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his rightfoot. He is set to miss up to eight games, the domestic fixtures against Real Zaragoza , Levante , Alaves, Athletic Bilbao , Real Betis and Atletico Madrid and the Champions League clashes with Spartak Moscow and Benfica. His absence will be a blow for Barca boss Tito Vilanova whose squad is short of strikers. David Villa is the only senior 'number nine' at his disposal although he does have a wealth of attacking midfielders who can be pushed forward if required.
La Liga PREVIEW Real Madrid hope Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Saturday's visit of Athletic Bilbao, which follows Barcelona's clash with Real Zaragoza. Prolific Portuguese forward Ronaldo, who has already scored 19 goals in all competitions for Real this season, suffered a nasty eye injury against Levante in the Primera Division last week. A large cut opened up above the player's eye after he was caught by defender David Navarro's elbow early in the match. He played on after treatment - and scored - inthe 2-1 win but later had headaches and dizzy spells and missed Portugal's midweek friendly in Gabon. Jose Mourinho would not want to be withouthis key forward at the Bernabeu as Real look to keep pace with the top two sides in La Liga. After a slow start, Real have climbed to third after winning their last four matches but still trail leaders Barca by eight points and are fivebehind city rivals Atletico Madrid. Sami Khedira and Karim Benzema are also hoping to prove their fitness after recent injuries. ...
Song's capture would end Barcelona's summer-long search for a player who can play in both central defence and midfield, as identified by new coach Tito Vilanova in his first Press Conference last month. Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez was reportedly Vilanova's first choice, but Barca were not prepared to meet the €40 million release clause in the Basque player'scontract. Does it mean Arsene Wenger doesn't knw hw 2insert clauses?
Alex Song set to beat Robin van Persie out of the door at Arsenal Cameroon midfielder's departure from Emirates looks more certain than Dutch striker's BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 07:16 ON Thu 9 Aug 2012 JUST 48 hours after the announcement that Santi Cazorla has signed for Arsenal comes news that Alex Song is on his way out of the Emirates. According to Spanish rag Sport, the Cameroon midfielder "has reached an agreement" with Barcelona. Rumours first emerged last month linking the 24-year-old Song to the Spanish giants and now it's being suggested they've got their man. Initially Barca had been after Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez, but when they failed in their bid new boss Tito Vilanova cast his gaze upon Song. Sport reports that the Catalan club have agreed personal terms with Song but have yet to make a make a formal offer to the Gunners. But Sky Sports reports that Barcelona are confident they've sealed the deal, with midfielder Andres Iniesta quoted as saying: "If he comes here it's because he ha ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova admits they're in the market for a new centre-half. Vilanova says he's keen to keep juggling his squad ahead of the summer market deadline falling.
According to reports, Tito Vilanova and FC Barcelona officials are going to make a serious effort to sign Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez.
Saturday May 26, 09:28 PM Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola (Top 2nd L) and second coach Tito Vilanova (Top C) celebrate with supporters at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 26, 2012, a day after the team won the Spanish King's cup final football match against Athletic Bilbao. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE...
Liga - Guardiola calms waters ahead of final Outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola sought to make the succession of his number two Tito Vilanova as smooth as possible as he gave his last Nou Camp news conference, ahead of the Copa del Rey final. Guardiola has the chance to exit the club with the 14th trophy of his four-year reign if Barca can beat Athletic Bilbao at the Calderon in Madrid on Friday. The build up to his departure has been dominated by media rumours that he was unhappy with the way club handled the news that his friend and assistant Vilanova was to succeed him, with suggestions that he did not know. This has led to sniping between the former president Joan Laporta and incumbent Sandro Rosell that has threatened to de-stabilise the club. "After being knocked out by Chelsea I rang Tito and I told him the moment had arrived and that they were going to offer him the position, and that he should do what he thought best," Guardiola said referring to their Champions League semi-final exit. "Who a ...
Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in Press Conference ahead of Kings Cup final against Athletic Bilbao said "re tlo ba patlotsa hosane "
::: Xavi dismisses rumours of Barca rancour ::: Xavi has insisted that there is no rift between Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and his assistant Tito Vilanova. Reports suggested that the relationship between the duo has turned sour ever since Guardiola announced he is stepping down at season's end, with Vilanova to be his replacement. But speaking ahead of Barca's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, Xavi has stressed that there is no truth to the rumours. "Everything is quite normal, the relationship between Guardiola and Tito is excellent and we are all united," the Barca midfielder told reporters. "These rumours are inevitable. We can’t control what goes on around us. Everyone is free to speak their mind, but the squad are only concentrating on the cup final. "Tito is a highly respected figure among the players. He sees a lot of football and is passionate about this game. "He knows the place and he also played a key role in the successes of the last four years. He’s the least drastic change, ...
REVEALED: Barcelona's star-studded 11-man shopping list Barcelona chiefs have drawn up an 11-man shopping list to fill three positions this summer. Sport says Barca want to add a new left-back, centre-half and centre-forward to Tito Vilanova's squad for the new season. The names for wing-back under consideration are: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Siqueira (Granada) and Gareth Bale. For centre-half: Thiago Silva (AC Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao). And centre-forward: Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Adrian (Atletico Madrid), Robin van Persie (Arsenal). My Take This vilanova man be like say na mourinho friend o! But Where is the money to buy these stars going to come from o!
I think Barcelona will be better off with Marcelo Bielsa from Athletic Bilbao instead of Tito Vilanova
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