Tito Vilanova during his first game in charge at FC Barcelona / FCB Barcelona

This Saturday marks a year since the death of Tito Vilanova. On 25 April 2014 the coach who led FC Barcelona to their best ever league campaign passed away after succumbing to the disease that forced him to step down in July 2013.

It is now a year since that tragic Friday. During the days that followed thousand upon thousands of Barça fans made their way to Camp Nou to pay their respects to the coach who reached the historic total of 100 points in the league campaign of 2012/13. That achievement led him to being the seventh Barça coach to claim the title in his debut season in charge of the first team. That campaign the blaugranes led the table from the first game until the very last weekend of the season.

Up to 53,000 members of the public, figures from the world of sport and public life took part in a tribute to the Barça coach in a special memorial space at the Club. Furthermore, more than
12,000 messages of condolence were received from around the world.

Three days after his death there was a final public goodbye for Tito Vilanova in a religious ceremony at Barcelona Cathedral. The service was led by the Archibishop of Barcelona, Lluís Martínez Sistach, and was the most poignant moment of three days of mourning and sorrow for the man who had been FC Barcelona first team coach.

The training pitch that bears his name

Two months ago, on the 20th of February, there was a simple but emotional service at the Ciutat Esportiva to mark the naming of pitch 1 as the Camp Tito Vilanova, the area where the first team usually train. The ceremony was attended by his wife, Montse Chaure and their children Carlota and Adrià.


A year without Tito Vilanova by fcbarcelona