Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova resigned from the Spanish soccer champions to receive treatment for cancer he’s been fighting since at least 2011.
Barcelona, the defending Spanish soccer champion, said coach Tito Vilanova will step down to receive treatment and a replacement will be named next week.
Barcelona, which added World Cup top scorer David Villa this offseason, is negotiating a 150 million- euro ($188.6 million) bank loan after falling behind with salary payments to players. The soccer club denied it’s bankrupt.
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona won its fourth Spanish soccer championship in five years, and 22nd in total, after second-place Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Espanyol.
Pep Guardiola, the most successful Barcelona coach ever, will quit the Spanish soccer club after losses in the last week ended its chance to defend its league and European titles.
Europe’s biggest soccer clubs warned FIFA they may take action unless the sport’s governing body starts consulting them before making scheduling decisions on players trained and employed by them.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Barcelona soccer club is reviewing whether former directors spent too lavishly after a record six- trophy sweep last year -- and may ask them to foot the bill.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has suffered a relapse after cancer treatment last year and will have surgery tomorrow, the four-time European champion soccer team said.
"This is a very difficult blow to the club, but we have overcome many difficult setbacks."
- Sandro Rosell on Jul 19, 2013