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Barcelona appoint Tata Martino

Posted on 23/07/2013 in La Liga

Barcelona are set to confirm Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as Tito Vilanova's replacement as head coach at the Camp Nou.

The Argentinian, who is perhaps best known for leading Paraguay to a 1-0 defeat to Spain in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, has signed a three-year contract in Catalonia.

He is not expected to be in place in time to be in charge of the La Liga champions when they play Champions League conquerors Bayern Munich – led by old coach Pep Guardiola – in a preseason friendly.
Martino had been working as the boss of Newell's Old Boys, but a semi-final defeat to Atletico Mineiro in the Copa Libertadores meant that he is now available and both Real Sociedad and Malaga had already made approaches. 

It remains to be seen how his appointment will alter Barca's transfer dealings, with a top-class central defender a key requirement before his arrival. Martino will also have to decide whether or not Cesc Fabregas – a Manchester United target – is part of his long-term plans.

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