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New man at Camp Nou

Published 1027 GMT (1827 HKT) July 23, 2013
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Gerardo Martino has signed a two-year deal at Barcelona after agreeing to replace former coach Tito Vilanova. Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's star player Lionel Messi is a huge admirer of fellow Argentine Martino. Both men hail from Rosario and Messi's father is a close friend of the new Barcelona manager. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Vilanova took over from Josep Guardiola as Barcelona coach in June 2012 but was forced to leave his post to continue his fight against throat cancer. Vilanova missed nearly three months of last season undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images/file
Guardiola won 14 trophies with Barcelona between 2008 and 2012 before taking a sabbatical. Now in charge of Champions League winner Bayern Munich, Guardiola will face his former side in a friendly game at the Allianz Arena. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images
As well as Messi, Martino will be able to deploy the considerable talents of Brazilian star Neymar next season. Clive Rose/Getty Images