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Pep Guardiola
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Personal information
Full name Josep Guardiola i Sala
Date of birth January 18, 1971 (1971-01-18) (age 39)
Place of birth Santpedor, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Barcelona (manager)
Youth career
Gimnàstic Manresa
1984–1990 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–2001 Barcelona 263 00(6)
2001–2002 Brescia 011 00(2)
2002–2003 Roma 004 00(0)
2003 Brescia 013 00(1)
2003–2005 Al-Ahli 018 00(2)
2005–2006 Sinaloa 010 00(1)
National team
1991–1992 Spain U21 002 00(0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 012 00(2)
1992–2001 Spain 047 00(5)
1995–2005 Catalonia 007 00(0)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Barcelona B
2008– Barcelona
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Josep "Pep" Guardiola i Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [ʑuˈzɛp ɡwəɾˈðjɔɫə]; born 18 January 1971 in Santpedor, Barcelona, Catalonia), is a former Spanish football midfielder and current FC Barcelona manager. He spent the majority of his playing career with Barcelona, and was part of Johan Cruyff's dream team that won FC Barcelona's first European Cup. He was captain of the club for the final four years of his time with Barcelona. Guardiola also played for, among others, Brescia Calcio, A.S. Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados de Sinaloa. As an international, Guardiola played for Spain and some friendly exhibition games for Catalonia. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became coach of FC Barcelona B. On 8 May 2008, Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced that Guardiola would succeed Frank Rijkaard as the first team manager. He signed his contract on 5 June 2008.[1] In his first season as manager, FC Barcelona won the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest UEFA Champions League winning manager ever. The following season, Guardiola and Barcelona won the Supercopa de España against Athletic Club Bilbao, the UEFA Super Cup against Shakhtar Donetsk, and the FIFA Club World Cup against Estudiantes, bringing the manager's tally to a perfect six trophies in six competitions thus completing the first ever sextuple.


Club career


Guardiola joined La Masia, aged 13 and rose through the ranks at the youth academy of Barcelona for six years, making his début in 1990 against Cádiz. As Phil Ball writes in Morbo,

"In his first week at the club, Cruyff turned up unannounced at the 'Mini' stadium, a venue just down the road from Camp Nou used by the youth and B teams. Just before half-time he wandered into the dug-out and asked Charly Rexach, the youth team manager at the time, the name of the young skinny lad playing on the right side of midfield. 'Guardiola – good lad' came the reply. Cruyff ignored the comment and told Rexach to move him into the middle for the second half, to play as pivote, a difficult position to adapt to and one not used by many teams in Spain at the time. 'Pep' Guardiola adjusted immediately, as Cruyff had suspected he would, and when he moved up into the first-team in 1990 he became the true fulcrum of the Dream Team."[2]

Johan Cruyff utilised the young defensive midfielder in the absence of the suspended Guillermo Amor. He became a first team regular in the 1991-92 season and at only 20 years old was a key component of a side that won La Liga, the European Cup and the Spain national side that triumphed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The prestigious Italian magazine Guerin Sportivo heralded Guardiola as the finest player in the world under the age of 21.

Cruyff's Dream Team went on to retain the La Liga title in the 92-93 and 93-94 seasons. The side was strengthened by the recent signing of Romário, again reached the UEFA Champions League Final, but were humbled by Capello's Milan in Athens, and lost the match 0-4.

Cruyff left in 1996, with FC Barcelona finishing 4th in the 1994-95 season and 3rd in the 1995-96 season, but Guardiola retained his position at the center of FC Barcelona's midfield. In the 1996-97 season, FC Barcelona, this time ledd by Bobby Robson, won three cups - the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup. Much of the Dream Team had by this time left, with new signings such as Luís Figo and Ronaldo taking over from Hristo Stoichkov and Txiki Begiristain. At the end of the 1996-97 season, FC Barcelona rejected offers from A.S. Roma and Parma F.C. (of around 300 million pesetas)[citation needed] for Guardiola. After prolonged and complicated contract talks, Guardiola signed a new contract with the Catalan club which extended his stay until 2001. His buyout clause was fixed at 15.000 million pesetas, the second highest in the Spanish league.

A calf muscle injury ruled Guardiola out of most of the 1997-98 season, in which FC Barcelona won a league and cup double under new manager Louis van Gaal. He returned to action the following season and FC Barcelona once again won the league thanks largely to the performances of Rivaldo and Figo. On 8 June 1998, Guardiola underwent surgery to try to solve once and for all the problems that he was experiencing with his calf which had led to him missing the 1998 FIFA World Cup for Spain. A largely disappointing 1999-00 season ended once again in surgery as Guardiola missed the last three months of the season due to a serious ankle injury.

FC Barcelona didn't win any silverware during the 2001 season and finished fourth place in the league, but qualifying for the Champions League. On 11th of April 2001, FC Barcelona's captain announced his intention to leave the club after 17 years of service. He stated that it was a personal decision and, in part, a response to what he perceived as football heading in a new, more physical, direction. On 24 June 2001, Guardiola played his last match with Barça in the last game of the season against Celtic.

Guardiola played 479 games for the club, in 12 seasons in the Barcelona first team, winning 16 trophies. At the press conference after the Celtic game, he said: "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." Guardiola was slow, but intelligently gifted with skill and foresight, rarely scored goals but set up from difficult positions on the field, he won six league titles, a European Cup and Olympic gold, amongst other numerous trophies. Born in the Catalan town of Santpedor, schooled barely 100 metres from Camp Nou and resident at La Masia, the traditional farmhouse that stands incongruously in its shadow, he was a part of a gifted side Barcelona produced, ordering, constructing, constantly moving the ball. He has been called the hero of a number of Spain's current midfielders, as Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fàbregas[3] has stated that Guardiola was his role model and hero.

Serie A

After leaving FC Barcelona in 2001 at the age of 31, he was linked with several clubs such as Newcastle United, Manchester United, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, plus both Milanese clubs of Milan and Internazionale. But Guardiola joined Italian side Brescia Calcio and then Roma in the Italian Serie A. However, his time in Italy was unhappy and included a four month ban after testing positive for Nandrolone. Six years later, on 23 October 2007, Guardiola was cleared on appeal of all charges that had led to the ban.[4] However, CONI reopened the cause against the player, because it considered the argumentation of the absolution unacceptable[5], but he was cleared once again on 29 September 2009.[6]. His time in Italy was not nearly as successful as his career at FC Barcelona. He played a number of Coppa Italia games and UEFA Champions League games, finishing with a rather unhappy 71 games in Italy.


After his career with Brescia and Roma, at 34 of age he chose to play in Qatar with Al-Ahli from Doha in the Qatar Stars League, where many fellow greats were playing, such as Gabriel Batistuta. He had rejected another offer from Manchester United, as he wanted to play elsewhere. He became a regular in the Qatar Stars League, often cited as one of the best players in the Qatar Stars League[citation needed]. In 2005-06, he turned down offers from a number European sides, such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, as he felt his playing career was coming to a close.[7]

Dorados al Sinaloa

In 2006 when Juan Manuel Lillo was appointed manager of Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa, he recruited Guardiola to play for the club, while he was in managing school. He subsequently played for six months, before retiring definitively.

International career


Guardiola made his senior debut on 14 October 1992 in 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in a World Cup qualifier. In the same year, Guardiola captained Spain when they won their most prestigious award, a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. It was in this year when he won the Bravo Award, voted to be the world's best player under the age of 21. This gold medal would be the only tournament Spain would win until Euro 2008. Between 1992 and 2001, Guardiola was a regular midfield maestro, playing over 47 times and scoring five goals for the senior Spain team, becoming a Spain midfield legend. He was a member of the Spain team during the 1994 World Cup, where he would lead Spain to the quarter-finals, narrowly losing to Italy 2-1. He fell out of favour with Javier Clemente, the Spain manager, due to difference and disagreement between the two, and missed out on Euro 1996. He suffered a career-threatening injury in 1998, which kept him out of the 1998 World Cup, but he later played at Euro 2000, where he would lead Spain to yet another quarter-final appearance, this time losing to France by the same margin, 2-1. He would lead the Spain midfield until his final appearance for Spain, in 1-0 win in a friendly against Mexico on 14 November 2001, and scoring his last international goal against Sweden in a 1-1 draw, in his 45 appearance.[8][9].


Guardiola has also played for and been a strong advocate of the Catalonia national football team, as well as of the independence of Catalonia itself.[10] Between 1995 and 2005, he played seven friendly games for the national team of Catalonia, which does not compete in FIFA competitions, against, among others, Nigeria.[11]

Coaching career

Guardiola was appointed coach of FC Barcelona B on 21 June 2007 with Francesc Vilanova his assistant. Under his guidance, the team subsequently won their Tercera División group and qualified for the 2008 Segunda División B playoffs.[12] FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced before the end of the 2007-08 season that Josep Guardiola would be appointed manager of FC Barcelona to replace Frank Rijkaard at the end of the season.[13]

Guardiola in 2009.

After leading the 'B' side to promotion to Segunda División B, Guardiola revealed that Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto'o and others were not part of his plans for next season. By the time of the announcement, Guardiola had already offloaded full back Gianluca Zambrotta to Milan, attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos to Tottenham Hotspur, and midfielder Edmílson to Villarreal.[14] Deco went to Chelsea, while the iconic Ronaldinho was sold to Milan. Lilian Thuram was going to Paris Saint-Germain but the discovery of a heart condition put a stop to the move, and the veteran retired to tend to his health. Oleguer Presas signed with Ajax, Santiago Ezquerro was released by Barça and Marc Crosas was sold to Celtic. The fate of Samuel Eto'o took much of the summer to unravel, with the Cameroonian linked with several clubs, but Guardiola finally declared that he would stay after his dedication in training and participation in the pre-season.[15].

Under Guardiola's new leadership, several new signings were made. Dani Alves and Seydou Keita arrived from Sevilla, Martín Cáceres from Villarreal by way of Recreativo, Gerard Piqué returned from Manchester United, and Aliaksandr Hleb was signed from Arsenal. Henrique was also signed from Palmeiras, but was immediately loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen.[16]

Guardiola's first competitive game as coach was in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, in which Barça comfortably beat Polish club Wisła Kraków 4–0 at home. FC Barcelona was defeated 1–0 in Kraków, but progressed with a 4-1 aggregate victory. Promoted Numancia also defeated FC Barcelona in the opening match-day of the La Liga, but the team then went on an undefeated streak for over 20 matches to move to the top of the league. Barça would maintain their spot atop La Liga's table, securing their first league title since 2006 when Real Madrid lost at Villareal on May 16, 2009.

Josep Guardiola celebrating Barcelona's 2009 UEFA Champions League Final with Manuel Estiarte.

The league title was the second piece of silverware in Guardiola's first season at the Camp Nou. On May 13, 2009, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, defeating Athletic Bilbao 4-1.

Guardiola finished the season by leading Barça to the final of the Champions League, where they beat Manchester United 2–0. In doing so, they became the first Spanish club to win the domestic cup, league, and European club titles (the treble) in the same season. Furthermore, Guardiola became the youngest coach ever to coach a Champions League winning team.

Guardiola has shown preference to playing a 4-3-3 system, the same system used by Frank Rijkaard. In interviews with the press, his players stressed a harder work ethic than before, but also a more personal approach during training and a closer relationship with their new coach.

On September 26, FC Barcelona gave Pep Guardiola his 50th professional victory, away against Málaga.

Later, Guardiola would coach the first team to 6 title victories in one year, becoming the first manager ever to do so. These include the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, and World Club Cup.

On 20 January 2010, Guardiola agreed to a one-year contract extension that would keep him with Barcelona until the end of the 2010-11 season.[17] On 20 February 2010 Pep Guardiola coached his one hundred match ahead of FC Barcelona's first team on a 4-0 home win. His record for those games are 71 wins, 19 ties and 10 loses with 242 goals for and 76 against.[18]

Coaching stats

As of 27 February 2010.
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[19] Total
W D L W D L W D L W D L GP W D L %
Barcelona B 2007–08 25 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 42 28 9 5 73.81%
Barcelona 2008–09 27 6 5 7 2 0 7 5 1 1 0 1 62 42 13 7 74.73%
Barcelona 2009–10 20 5 1 3 0 1 4 3 1 5 0 0 43 32 8 3 80.62%
Career totals 72 19 11 10 2 1 11 8 2 9 1 1 147 102 30 15 76.19%

Private life

Guardiola at Camp Nou.

Pep Guardiola was born in Santpedor, to Dolors and Valentí. He has two older sisters, Francesca and Olga, and younger brother, Pere.[20] Guardiola is married to Cristina Serra, whom he met the first time in a clothing store when he was 18. The couple have three children: Maria (born 28 December 2000), Màrius (born 2003) and Valentina (born May 5, 2008).

He's a close friend to Manel Estiarte, whom he has known since 1992. His close friends are also Luís Figo, Luis Enrique, Tito Vilanova and Johan Cruyff.



FC Barcelona
  • Olympic Gold: 1992



FC Barcelona Atlètic
FC Barcelona


Career Statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1990-91 FC Barcelona La Liga 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
1991-92 26 0 3 0 11 0 40 0
1992-93 28 0 5 1 6 0 39 1
1993-94 34 0 5 0 9 0 48 0
1994-95 24 2 4 0 6 0 34 2
1995-96 32 1 7 0 7 1 46 2
1996-97 38 0 8 0 7 1 53 1
1997-98 6 0 3 0 5 0 14 0
1998-99 22 1 3 0 1 0 26 1
1999-00 25 0 5 0 12 1 42 0
2000-01 24 2 6 1 7 0 37 3
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2001-02 Brescia Serie A 11 2 2 0 - - 13 2
2002-03 Roma 4 0 3 1 1 0 8 1
Brescia 13 1 3 1 - - 16 1
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2003-05 Al-Ahli Qatar Stars League 18 2 9 3 9 2 36 7
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2005-06 Sinaloa Primera División 10 1 6 1 4 0 20 2
Total Spain 263 6 50 2 71 3 384 11
Italy 28 3 8 2 1 0 37 6
Qatar 18 2 9 3 9 2 36 7
Mexico 10 1 6 1 4 0 20 2
Career Total 319 12 73 8 85 5 477 25


  • (Catalan) Josep Guardiola, La meva gent, el meu futbol, with Miguel Rico and Luís Martín, Edecasa (Grupo Z), Colección Sport, 2001.
  • (Spanish) Jaume Collell, Pep Guardiola: de Santpedor al banquillo del Barça, Península, 2009.
  • (Catalan) Josep Riera Font, Escoltant Guardiola: el pensament futbolistic i vital de l'entrenador del Barça en 150 frases, Cossetania, 2009.
  • (Catalan) Several authors, Paraula de Pep, Ara Llibres, 2009.
  • (Spanish) Several authors, Barça de las 6 Copas, Edecasa (Grupo Z), Colección Sport, 2009.

See also


External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alex Ferguson
UEFA Champions League winning manager
Succeeded by
Most Recent
Preceded by
Scotland Alex Ferguson
England Manchester United
European Treble winning manager
Spain Barcelona

Succeeded by
Most Recent
Preceded by
Netherlands Dick Advocaat
UEFA Super Cup winning manager
Succeeded by
Most Recent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gheorghe Popescu
FC Barcelona captain
Succeeded by
Sergi Barjuán

Simple English

Josep Guardiola
File:Pep Guardiola 2.
Personal information
Full name Josep Guardiola Sala
Date of birth 18 January 1971 (1971-01-18) (age 40)
Place of birth    Santpedor, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Al-Ahli Doha
Deportivo Sinaloa
National team
1992-2001 Spain
Teams managed
2008- Barcelona

Josep Guardiola (born 18 January 1971) is a former Spanish football player. He has played for Spain national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1990/91BarcelonaLa Liga40100050
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2001/02BresciaSerie A11220-132
2002/03RomaSerie A40311081
QatarLeague Emir of Qatar Cup AsiaTotal
2003/04Al-Ahli DohaStars League182182
MexicoLeague Cup North AmericaTotal
2005/06Deportivo SinaloaPrimera División A1016140202
CountrySpain 263650271338411
Italy 2838210375
Qatar 367367
Mexico 1016140202
Total 3371764576347725

International career statistics


Spain national team


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