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Football: Martino steps down as Barcelona boss after blank season

Published on May 18, 2014 6:22 AM
Barcelona's Argentinian coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino reacts during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (AFP) - Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino announced he will leave the club after failing to win a major title in his one season in charge.

The Catalans’ hopes of retaining La Liga were ended on Saturday by a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid which saw the side from the capital crowned champions for the first time in 18 years.

“I wanted to announce that I have reached an agreement with the club to no longer be the coach of Barcelona,” he said at his post-match press conference.

“I congratulate Atletico Madrid. We have faced them six times in the Supercup, the Champions League and today and they have been a great opponent throughout the season.

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