Josep “Pep” Guardiola, born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish Football manager and former player. Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder and spent the majority of his playing career with Fc Barcelona and also serving Barcelona as a manager.
Couching Career and Achievements :
Pep joined Barca as a couch in june 21,2007.and then at the end of the season he was appointed as a manager of the team.
During his 1st year as a manager Barcelona made it to the finals of the champions league and won against Manchester united with 2-0 in may 2009 and Guardiola became the youngest man to coach a Champions League winning team.Then in 2010 Barcelona qualified for the Semi-Finals of the champions league where they lost to Inter milan. The next year the Barcelona retrieved their glory by again beating Manchester united in the Finals of Champions League on
28th May 2011.In 2012 The defending champions Barcelona reached to the semi-finals where they lost to Chelsea on 24th April 2012.
That is just not the end of titles won by Barcelona under Pep Management, The Euro Champs also won Spanish League la liga three times in a row i.e 2009,2010 and 2012. In 2009 Guardiola finished the calendar year with a record six trophies , the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, and Club World Cup, becoming the first manager in history to do so.On 10 April 2010, he became the first manager in Barcelona’s history to beat Real Madrid four times in a row in El-Classico.
On 8 September 2011, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan parliament’s Gold Medal, the highest honour. On 9 January 2012, Guardiola received the Fifa Couch of the Year for Men’s Football award, with 41.92% of the votes.Under Pep’s couching Lio-Messi became the Player of the Year three times in a row.Pep also gave football the rising stars like Bojan,Pedro ,christiano tello, Alexis ,Theiago and Isaac Cuenca.
Today ( 27 April 2012), Guardiola announced he would step down as Barcelona’s coach at the end of the season 2011-2012. His record of 13 trophies in 4 seasons has made him the most successful coach in Barcelona’s history.The assessment couch Tito Vilanova will take the in-charges of Barcelona new couch this June.
The best thing about Pep,he was a sincere and emotional couch.Barcelona didnt play with 11 players because the field 12th one was Pep running, shouting ,instructing players during the game , and when ever a player scores a goal he celebrated it like he did it. and when his team lost he grieved more than the whole team.On of the funniest moment of Guardiola was when Inesta scored a goal in 92 minute against Chealsea in the 2nd lag of Champions league and Pep ran half of the football ground celebrating it .
After hearing Pep’s retirement announcement i felt like i have got failed in all of my subjects and now i have to drop out 😦
Thank You Pep , Barcelona Fans will miss you.