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Three years of the Guardiola era at the FC Barcelona

This Friday is the third anniversary of Josep Guardiola’s presentation as Barça’s manager. On June 17, 2008, a project began that has gone on to make history.

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17 June 2011 07:13 PM

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David Puig

Barcelona (FCB).- \u201CI cannot promise titles, but I am sure the people will be proud of us\u201D. Those were the words of a young coach of just 37 years, who had just taken Barça B up to Division 2B (the third category in the Spanish Football League). He had achieved everything as a player, but was only just starting out as a professional coach. It was Josep Guardiola, but three years after pronouncing those words, he has achieved recognition as the architect of the best FC Barcelona team ever, and one of the best teams ever to grace the football world.


Humble but ambitious

FC Barcelona\u2019s Sala París was the place where Guardiola told the press and fans about his ambitions. Despite his modesty, he said his desire was to build a winning club, and that he was convinced of his possibilities. \u201CI feel strong and ready, if not, I wouldn\u2019t be here. I have no fear and the challenge doesn\u2019t frighten me. We know it won\u2019t be easy, but I\u2019ll persist\u201D.

Attacking football

Guardiola said little about techniques or tactics, limiting himself to saying \u201Cthe most important thing is to win and all styles are good for winning. I know what style I want and want to transmit. I\u2019m a fan of attacking football because of the way I was trained and I believe a lot in talent in hard work.\u201D He certainly managed to keep his word.

Proven correct

Guardiola promised no titles, just work, commitment and dedication. Neither did he ask for patience, because he knows Barcelona is a team where the players and coaches are judged on results. He didn\u2019t need to. The team responded to perfection by winning a historic treble in his first year as coach and going on to shine in the most brilliant period in club history.

 

THE DETAIL

10 titles out of 13

Josep Guardiola has an extraordinary record managing Barça, having won 10 titles out of a possible 13:

3 Spanish Leagues

2 Champions Leagues

2 Spanish Supercups

1 Clubs World Cup

1 European Supercup

1 Copa del Rey

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  • The day Pep Guardiola was presented to the press a year ago as Barça's coach (by FC Barcelona)

  • The day Pep Guardiola was presented to the press a year ago as Barça's coach (by FC Barcelona)