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MARTIN SAMUEL: Just like Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp can recharge and come again

Pep Guardiola
Pep 2017 (cropped).jpg
Guardiola with Manchester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Josep Guardiola Sala[1]
Date of birth (1971-01-18) 18 January 1971 (age 50)
Place of birth Santpedor, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester City (manager)
Youth career
1984–1990 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Barcelona C 8 (1)
1990–1992 Barcelona B 53 (5)
1990–2001 Barcelona 263 (6)
2001–2002 Brescia 11 (2)
2002–2003 Roma 4 (0)
2003 Brescia 13 (1)
2003–2005 Al-Ahli 36 (5)
2005–2006 Dorados 10 (1)
Total 398 (21)
National team
1991 Spain U21 2 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 12 (2)
1992–2001 Spain 47 (5)
1995–2005 Catalonia 7 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Barcelona B
2008–2012 Barcelona
2013–2016 Bayern Munich
2016– Manchester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛb ɡwəɾðiˈɔlə]; born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Premier League club Manchester City. He is considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time[3][4] and holds the record for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.[note 1]

Guardiola was a defensive midfielder who usually played in a deep-lying playmaker's role. He spent the majority of his career with Barcelona, forming a part of Johan Cruyff's Dream Team that won the club's first European Cup in 1992, and four successive Spanish league titles from 1991 to 1994. He later captained the team from 1997 until his departure from the club in 2001. After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola had stints with Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico. He was capped 47 times for the Spanish national team and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as well as at UEFA Euro 2000. He also played friendly matches for Catalonia.

After retiring as a player, Guardiola briefly coached Barcelona B, with whom he won a Tercera División title, and assumed control of the first-team in 2008. In his first season as the first team manager, he guided Barcelona to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest manager to win the aforementioned European competition. In 2011, after leading the club to another La Liga and Champions League double, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan Parliament's Gold Medal, their highest honour.[6] The same year, he was also named the FIFA World Coach of the Year. He ended his four-year Barcelona stint in 2012 with 14 honours, a club record.

After a sabbatical period, Bayern Munich announced Guardiola would join the club as manager in 2013. Guardiola won the Bundesliga every season he was there, as well as two domestic doubles. He left the Bavarians for Manchester City in 2016, and guided them to a Premier League title in his second campaign in charge, breaking numerous domestic records as the team became the first to attain 100 league points. He won a second consecutive Premier League and EFL Cup the following season, as well as the FA Cup, becoming the first manager to win the domestic treble in English men's football.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference RSSSF_INTL was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Pep Guardiola". fcbayern.de. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  3. ^ Mark, Lomas (5 August 2013). "Greatest Managers, No. 18: Pep Guardiola". ESPNFC. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Tim Sherwood: Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the history of football". City Watch. 20 December 2017. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Man City fail to match Bayern for longest winning run in Europe's top 5 leagues". ESPN. 31 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Noticies 3/24" (in Catalan). TV3. Retrieved 9 September 2011.

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