The Blaugrana announced that their ex-youth coach passed away on Sunday and Andres Iniesta paid his respect to him.
paid tribute to
Joan Martinez Vilaseca
, who has passed away aged 78.
youth coach, who featured for Espanyol and Levante, worked for the Catalans for 30 years as a coach in the academy.
When he was working for the Blaugrana, he contributed to the overseeing of players’ development, as then went on to be household names, with the likes of Carles Puyol, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Iniesta.
The ex-Barcelona midfielder, who plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, has sent his regards to Vilaseca with a
Thanks to an excellent person who was always there helping us when we were children we arrived at La Masia, rest in peace, Joan,"
"Thank you very much for all your dedication to Barca. A lot of encouragement and a lot of strength to the family!!"
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