Pep Guardiola – you have to respect him
Guardiola was an incredibly successful deep-lying playmaker. Highly regarded throughout his career for his vision of the game, ball control, technical ability, passing range and calm composure. Winning many plaudits along the way. He was capped 47 times for Spain, he also played some friendly matches for Catalonia.
You have to respect him..
He was part of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team” that woni the club’s 1st European Cup in 1992, and 4 La Liga titles from 1991 to 1994. He later went on to captain the team from 1997 to 2001.
After retiring as a player he became coach of Barcelona B. He took over the 1st team in 2008 succeeding Frank Rijkaard. In his first season as manager, Guardiola guided Barcelona to a treble, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
Guardiola then became the youngest manager to win the Champions League.
The following season, Guardiola led Barcelona to win the Supercopa de Espa, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup, bringing his tally to the maximum of six trophies out of six competitions in one year!!
Cutting ties with Barcelona..
On 30 June 2012, he announced he was leaving Barcelona, after winning 14 trophies in just four years in charge of the club.
“It’s been a long journey. I’m happy, proud, happy with the way people treated me and I have made many friends. I cannot ask for more, I have had many years in the elite, I did not come to make history but to make my own history.”
He then had a sabbatical period spending time in New York being courted by a lot of the top teams.
Bayern Munich announced on 16 January 2013 that Guardiola would join the club as manager for the 2013/14 season. Also announcing the retirement of current coach Jupp Heynckes.
In his first season at the club, Guardiola won the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
On 1 February 2016, Manchester City announced that Guardiola would be replacing Manuel Pellegrini for the 2016/17 Season.
He is one of the most successful managers in the world. He’s considered by a number of players, managers and commentators to be one of the best managers in the world.