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Monday, June 10, 2013
'Madman' Pep ready for Bayern arrival

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Incoming Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been working like "a madman" ahead of his first press conference at the club on June 24.

With Guardiola's Bundesliga arrival only a fortnight away, German media have already begun their coverage.

On Monday, kicker published the first part of a 'Pep Guardiola story' that will come to an end on June 24. The 'story' is divided into five parts, looking at 'Where it all began', 'Guardiola: the player', 'Guardiola: the coach', 'Guardiola: the world traveller' and 'Guardiola: the person'.

On Sunday, meanwhile, Der Spiegel published an interview with Guardiola's brother, Pere, who revealed that the former Barcelona coach has been working hard to learn enough German in time for his maiden Bayern press conference.

"He is a stubborn dog, he will do it," he said, adding that Guardiola has been learning German "like a madman" for four hours every day.

While in Barcelona for an Easter break, the former Spain international was joined by a German teacher.

"It's absurd. You meet him for lunch and that guy is talking German with his teacher all the time," Pere said.

According to Pere, his brother has been learning German ever since November, nearly two months before his appointment at Bayern was made public in January.




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