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Guardiola to leave FC Barcelona on June 30th

Tito Vilanova, Guardiola’s assistant, will take over and become Barça’s next Manager. Pep Guardiola has announced to FC Barcelona’s President and the squad that he will not be staying at FC Barcelona after June 30, when his present contract ends. Guardiola justified his decision is “worn out and empty” after 4 years being the coach of the best team in the world. He emphasised that Barça’s Manager needs to be full of energy and therefore, the best for the club is he stepping down. The club’s President expressed his “eternal gratitude” to Guardiola’s job.


27 April 2012 08:02 PM


Jordi Clos / Vanessa Forns / Anna Segura

Barcelona (FCB).- Pep Guardiola is leaving Barça on June 30th  after 4 years in charge of FC Barcelona\u2019s first team. Guardiola\u2019s assistant, Tito Vilanova, will be Barça\u2019s next Manager. Guardiola announced his decision this Friday morning to Barça President Sandro Rosell and the squad. Afterwards, Rosell, Guardiola and Zubizarreta (the club\u2019s Sports Director) gave a press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom in the Camp Nou. It was a massive event, attended by members of the board of directors, the first-team captains and a large number of journalists.

\u201CI\u2019m worn out, I\u2019m empty\u201D

Sandro Rosell delivered the Manager\u2019s decision to world. He went on to express his \u201Ceternal gratitude\u201D to the coach for the \u201Chappiness\u201D he has given FC Barcelona by \u201Cperfecting the footballing model that can no longer be questioned in the future.\u201D The President described Guardiola as \u201Cthe best manager in the history of the Club.\u201D Guardiola, who regretted the year-long uncertainty regarding his decision, said that he\u2019s leaving the Manager position mainly because he\u2019s fatigued, but that he has the \u201Cfeeling that I did a good job.\u201D

Rosell then announced who the next Barcelona manager will be, a decision made by the coaching staff and ratified by the Board. Tito Vilanova is the chosen man, and Andoni Zubizarreta explained the reasons why. Vilanova thus becomes the seventeenth Catalan manager of the Barça first team.

Four years at the top

13 titles won and a 70% win rate are just a few of Pep Guardiola\u2019s stats since his took charge of FC Barcelona\u2019s first team. Pep Guardiola started his career on the bench in 2007 when he took charge of Barça B when the team was in the Spanish Third Division. A year later, after having led the reserve side to Second Division B, the Catalan took the reins from Frank Rijkaard as the first-team manager. In his over 200 matches at the FC Barcelona helm he won 13 titles.

Guardiola\u2019s numbers as FC Barcelona\u2019s Manager


- Matches: 242

- Victories: 175

- Draws: 46

- Defeats: 21

- Goals scored: 618 (2,55 per match)

- Goals conceded: 178 (0,73 per match)

- Winning % : 72,31%



- Titles: 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11

- Matches: 148

- Victories: 113

- Draws: 24

- Defeats: 11

- Winning % in 08-09: 71%

- Winning % in 09-10: 81,5%

- Winning % in 10-11: 78,9%

- Winning % in 11-12: 73,5%


- Titles: 2008/09

- Matches: 30

- Victories: 21

- Draws: 6

- Defeats: 3


- Titles: 2008/09 i 2010/11

- Matches: 52

- Victories: 31

- Draws: 15

- Defeats: 6

PEP GUARDIOLA: Other competitions (European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup)

- Spanish Super Cup Titles: 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12

- European Super Cup Titles: 2009/10 and 2011/12

- Club World Cup Titles: 2009/10 and 2011/12

- Matches: 12

- Victories: 10

- Draws: 1

- Defeats: 1

Honours as Manager

- 2011 FIFA Best Manager of the Year

- Best manager in 2009 and 2011 according to the IFFHS

- ONZE d\u2019Or as best European manger in 2009 and 2011

- Best LFP manager in 2009 and 2011

- World's best manager according to World Soccer in 2009 and 2011

- Royal Order of Athletic Merit 2010

- Gold medal from the Parlament de Catalunya

- 2009 Catalan of the year

- Santpedor's favourite son in 2009


  • Tito Vilanova (left) and Pep Guardiola (right) (by FC Barcelona)

  • President Sandro Rosell (left), Barça Manager Josep Guardiola (centre), and Sports Director Andoni Zubizarreta (by FC Barcelona)

  • Tito Vilanova (left) and Pep Guardiola (right) (by FC Barcelona)
  • President Sandro Rosell (left), Barça Manager Josep Guardiola (centre), and Sports Director Andoni Zubizarreta (by FC Barcelona)