Soccer-Martino replaces Vilanova as Barcelona coach (Reuters)

* Argentine agrees two-year contract * Vilanova quit to continue cancer treatment (Adds details, background) BARCELONA, July 23 (Reuters) – Barcelona have hired Argentine Gerardo Martino, known as a disciple of the club’s possession-based style, to replace Tito Vilanova as coach, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday. The 50-year-old Martino, a Rosario native like Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, has agreed a two-year contract, his new club said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com). “The agreement is pending the drafting and signing of the contract,” they added. …

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