He was made popular by Jose Morinho eye poking incident in the Copa del Rey 2011 final after the initial controversy generated by the incident. He has since forgiven the special one, and weather he has forgotten that is a debate for another day.
Francesc "Tito" Vilanova i Bayó was born on 17th September 1969, he was a retired Spanish footballer `who played as a centre mid fielder.
He managed to play only 26 La liga games in three years combined , One of the highlight of his short playing career was during his time at Lleida, in a 1998 Copa Catalunya game against Barcelona, coached by José Mourinho who swapped responsibilities with head coach Louis van Gaal during the tournament, Vilanova scored a goal, becoming the first player to net against a team directed by the Portuguese.
His managerial career stated when he was appointed as the technical director at Terrassa FC, before he was appointed as assistant manager at FC Barcelona B, under Pep Guardiola with the club in the fourth division. In 2008, after leading the reserve side to promotion to level three, the pair was assigned to the first team, replacing Dutch Frank Rijkaard and Johan Neeskens.
Villanova’s first season at the Camp Nou was the most successful in Barcelona's history, with the club winning six major trophies, becoming the first team in Spain to win the domestic cup, league and European club titles the treble in the same season and the duo later succeeded in to 14 major titles.
No doubt the unprecedented success story of his predecessors will definitely put him under pressure to continue the winning streak especially the domination of their domestic rival in Real Madrid and the other external rivals at the UEFA champion’s league, only time will tell whether this rookie coach can match the high standard expected at the Nou camp?
Can he come up with a winning formula that can sustain the team week in-week out and also can he keep the team fit throughout the season to compete for trophies at all front?
Another question that will come up to the mind of the follower of the game is how many trophies will he win at the end of the season? Perhaps he has started answering these questions at the pre season games by winning all the matches so far including the Trophy de Paris where PSG was defeated 4-1 on penalty shootout after playing 2-2 at full time.
The shoe vacated by Guardiola is quite big but will the shoe not be an oversize for the new kid on the block?
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