UEFA Orders Tito Vilanova and Vujadin Boskov Champions League Tribute

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  FC Barcelona players observe a minute's of silence in memory his former head coach Tito Vilanova during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at El Madrigal on April 27, 2014 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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European football will pay its respects to Tito Vilanova and Vujadin Boskov with a minute's silence during this week's Champions League semi-final clashes, as reported by Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports:

Teams have also been given the option of wearing black armbands during their crucial encounters.

Former Barcelona boss Vilanova passed away at the age of 45 on Friday after battling cancer since November 2011. A total of 52,999 people visited the late coach's remembrance space at the Camp Nou on Saturday before the area was closed to allow Vilanova's family a private viewing, per FCB's official website and Twitter account:

Ex-club presidents Sandro Rosell, Joan Laporta and Enric Reyna paid their respects, while Spain coach Vicente del Bosque also visited the tribute area.

Tito, whose son remains in Barca's youth setup, won La Liga during his only season in charge of the Blaugrana. His 2012-13 success came after working under Pep Guardiola during Barca's era of domination, in which he built a commendable reputation throughout the continent.

13 Jun 2000:  Yugoslavia coach Vujadin Boskov looks on during the European Championships 2000 group match against Slovenia at the Stade Communal in Charleroi, Belgium.  The match was drawn 3-3. \ Mandatory Credit: Graham Chadwick /Allsport
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Boskov, the former Real Madrid, Sampdoria, Roma and Napoli coach, died at the age of 82 on Sunday. His cause of death "was not disclosed," according to the Associated Press (via The Guardian).

The former Yugoslavia international's playing and management career extended across 60 years. His most famous moments came as coach of Sampdoria, where he captured the European Cup Winners' Cup in the 1989-90 season.

Boskov also won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana while in charge, adding to his Serie B title with Ascoli. The Serbian triumphed with a La Liga and Copa del Rey double during his stint with Madrid and won the KNVB Cup while at ADO Den Haag.

Current Sampdoria boss and countryman Sinisa Mihajlovic described his feelings toward Boskov, per Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sport:

Many fans will also have Rangers legend Sandy Jardine in their hearts during the tributes. Jardine won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1971-72. He lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, per the Associated Press (via The Guardian).

Such a tragic week for football leaves the community pulling together. Vilanova, Boskov and Jardine impacted the European scene with their success, leadership and character. They will rightly be remembered far beyond UEFA's tribute and deep into the future.