- Birthplace: Santpedor, Spain
- Previous Clubs: Barcelona
- Honours: UEFA Champions League: 2009, 2011. Spanish Primera Division: 2009, 2010, 2011; Copa del Rey: 2009, 2012; Spanish Supercopa: 2009, 2010, 2011; UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011; Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
Barcelona took the unusual step of promoting Guardiola from Barcelona 'B' coach to succeed Frank Rijkaard in July 2008 but he proved himself in his first season at the helm, picking up an incredible six-trophy haul and elevating himself among the best coaches in the game. His love affair with Barcelona ended in 2012, but in choosing to take over at Bayern Munich after a year's break, the Catalan coach showed he is still aiming for the top.
Pep Guardiola esablished a lasting legacy at Barcelona.
As a player, Guardiola had been a product of the famous Barca youth academy and blossomed into one of the finest midfielders in the game. Between 1990 and 2001 he notched-up nearly 400 appearances for the club and won six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, a European Cup and a host of other silverware. Playing as a defensive midfielder, he went onto become a key member of the 'Barcelona Dream Team' put together by Johan Cruyff - picking up the Cup Winners' Cup as well.
Linked with a host of clubs upon his departure in 2001, Guardiola went first to Brescia Calcio and then AS Roma in Serie A. He failed to make much of an impression in Italy and his spell included a four-month ban after testing positive for Nandrolone - although he was cleared of all charges on appeal six years later. After a lucrative spell in Qatar with Al-Ahli, he moved to Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa, where he played for six months. However, upon their relegation he finally hung up his boots and took his first steps into coaching.
After a year out, Guardiola was appointed coach of FC Barcelona B in June 2007. He immediately impressed with his work ethic and will to win and he lead the side to promotion to Segunda División B. To the surprise of many it was announced that he would take control of the senior side after Frank Rijkaard and Guardiola soon made waves.
Promoted Numancia defeated Barcelona on the opening day of the La Liga, but the team then picked up an unprecedented six-trophy haul in Guardiola's first season. Barca became the first Spanish side to win the treble of Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey and the Blaugranas then added the Spanish and European Super Cups before completing the set by winning the Club World Cup in December.
Guardiola rightly picked up the plaudits and his 4-3-3 system (one of the most feared in the world), coupled with his personal approach during training, in contrast to Rijkaard, won him the respect of both the players and the fans. It was the beginning of a trophy-laden spell as Barca added another Primera Division title in 2010, although that triumph was tempered somewhat by a Champions League semi-final defeat to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.
The rivalry with Mourinho was immediately renewed the following season after the Portuguese's move to Real Madrid, but despite defeat to Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey final, it was Barca's season as they won a third successive La Liga title -- the first time the club had done so since Johan Cruyff's Dream Team. The Primera Division crown was punctuated by an emphatic 5-0 win over Madrid in November and a record-breaking 16-match winning run in the league, but the crowning glory was another Champions League title. Manchester United were beaten again, this time ruthlessly demolished 3-1 at Wembley in one of the most one-sided finals in the competition's history.
Guardiola's love for football waned in 2011-12 as Barca won just the Copa del Rey trophy and the pressures of managing Barca began to take their toll. At the end of the season, he decided to take a year-long break from the game.
With Europe's elite all offering him the chance to take over, Guardiola then opted to move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013 and the German side landed one of the best young coaches in the business.
Strengths: A great man-manager, he commands a plenty of respect off the pitch and does not rant and rave on the sidelines.
Weaknesses: He has sometimed shown a lack of tactical flexibility when Barcelona need to change their style -- notably in the Champions League semi-final defeats to Inter Milan in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012.
Career high: His first campaign in charge of Barcelona, when he won an unprecedented six trophies with the club.
Career low: Beaten by Inter Milan in the semi-finals of the Champions League, he was tactically outsmarted by Jose Mourinho.
Tactics: The 4-3-3 system serves him well, with two creative midfielders and a defensive holding player in the middle. Short, sharp passing is the name of the game and beautiful football is top of the agenda.
Quotes: ''Since I took the job our play has been marked by brave, attacking football. Sometimes we've been bold and, occasionally, I think we've played audaciously. It's a philosophy of football. Win or lose I want us to show who we are and what kind of football we believe in. I want my team to go out and be themselves.'' Guardiola on the Barcelona style in 2011.
Trivia: He is a close friend of Spanish water polo great Manuel Estiarte, who won a gold medal for Spain at the 1996 Olympics. Estiarte has worked alongside Guardiola in an external relations role at Barcelona and now Bayern.
Bayern Munich Squad
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