Former FC Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to train Bayern Munich until 2016
The Catalan Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola has reached an agreement with FC Bayern München to manage the football team as from next season until 2016. Finally, after rumours circulated pairing him with Manchester City and Chelsea, Guardiola has chosen the German club for its way of understanding football, which is much closer to the Catalan’s own approach based on attacking, playing nicely and working with home-grown players. Pep Guardiola quit FC Barcelona in June to take a year’s sabbatical, and moved to New York with his family. He will replace Jupp Heynckes, who is retiring at the end of the current season, in Munich.
Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan Josep \u2018Pep\u2019 Guardiola has reached an agreement with FC Bayern München to manage the football team as from next season until 2016. After quitting FC Barcelona in June to take a year\u2019s sabbatical, Guardiola had become the most wanted coach for football clubs the world over. Finally, after rumours circulated pairing him with Manchester City and Chelsea, the Catalan has chosen the German club for its way of understanding football, which is much closer to his approach based on attacking, playing nicely and working with home-grown players. He will be replacing Jupp Heynckes, who is retiring at the end of the current season, in Munich. The news has been heartily welcomed by the Bayern Munich players and the president, as well as by German media. Guardiola became the most respected coach worldwide after successfully managing FC Barcelona for the last four seasons, during which the Catalan team won 2 UEFA Champions League, 2 FIFA Club World Cups, 3 Spanish Leagues, 3 Spanish Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 3 Spanish Super Cups. In fact, it has been considered by many football fans and experts to be the best team in the world for the last few years for the way they play \u2013 with Leo Messi at the forefront \u2013 and the results achieved. In addition, Guardiola has won many individual awards as coach, such as the FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2011. He also had a successful career as player, when he played as a defensive midfielder in Barça\u2019s \u2018Dream Team\u2019 managed by Johan Cruyff. He was Barça\u2019s \u2018brain\u2019 on the pitch and that team won 6 Spanish Leagues and 1 European Cup, among many other trophies.
Pep Guardiola is starting with a club, Bayern Munich, that, like FC Barcelona, is also famous for its football school. In fact, Guardiola himself is a product of Barça\u2019s school \u2018La Masia\u2019, which he joined when he was only 13, after spending his childhood in birth-town Santpedor (Central Catalonia). Johan Cruyff discovered Guardiola in Barça\u2019s youth team and in 1990 moved him to the first team, where he became an essential player during the 1991-1992 season and those to follow. In Cruyff\u2019s \u2018Dream Team\u2019, Guardiola was \u2018the brains\u2019, the pivot leading the rest of the players on the pitch. In fact, other great midfielders who later graduated from Barça\u2019s academy include Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fàbregas, who have all confessed that Guardiola was a role model for them. Guardiola considers himself to be a pupil of Johan Cruyff\u2019s style and understanding of how to play football, always attacking, constantly passing the ball, playing with fair play and basing the team on home-grown players.
As a player, Pep Guardiola won 6 Spanish Leagues (1990\u201391, 1991\u201392, 1992\u201393, 1993\u201394, 1997\u201398, 1998\u201399), 2 Spanish Cups (1996\u201397, 1997\u201398), 4 Spanish Super Cups (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996), 1 European Cup (1991\u201392) \u2013 today\u2019s UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1996\u201397) and 2 UEFA Super Cups (1992, 1997). In addition, he won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1992 with the Spanish team. After his successful career as a player, Guardiola left FC Barcelona in 2001 at the age of 30 and played in Italy, for Brescia and Roma. Then in 2003 he moved to Qatar to play with Doha\u2019s Al-Ahli. In 2006 he played for the Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa for six months and then he retired as a player. While in Mexico he attended coaching school.
In June 2007, Guardiola was appointed as Manager of FC Barcelona\u2019s B team with Tito Vilanova as his assistant. A year later, both coaches were given the reins of Barça\u2019s first team. In his first season as Barça\u2019s boss in 2008-2009, Guardiola won the 3 main titles (League, Cup and Champions League) and in 2009 he won the FIFA Club World Cup as well as the European and Spanish Super Cups, meaning 6 trophies out of the 6 competitions he played in. In fact, in his career as Barça coach, Guardiola won 14 titles in the 19 competitions Barça played, becoming the most successful coach ever to manage the Catalan team. On top of this, he made sure that FC Barcelona was considered by all football experts to be the best team in the world. However, last year in Barça, Guardiola started to feel tired because of the pressure and the intense work. \u201CI emptied myself\u201D he stated when announcing he was quitting FC Barcelona to take a year\u2019s sabbatical, and moved to New York with his family. Now, he stated he misses football again and he is ready to take a new challenge.