Pep Guardiola & Athletic Bilbao
Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. Athletic Club, also known as Athletic Bilbao, is a professional football club, based in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain./5
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Bayern lead Barca in race to sign Laporte Pep Guardiola is determined to strengthen his defence and wants to beat Barcelona to the signing of Athletic Bilbao's star. They are considering paying his exit clause and allowing him to stay at San Mames for one more season.
Guardiola era (2008–2012) FC Barcelona B youth manager Pep Guardiola took over Frank Rijkaard's duties at the conclusion of the season. Guardiola brought with him the now famous tiki-taka style of play he had been taught during his time in the Barcelona youth teams. In the process Guardiola sold Ronaldinho and Deco, and started building the Barcelona team around Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. Lionel Messi, four-time FIFA/Ballon d'Or winner, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and FC Barcelona's top goalscorer in official competitions with 298 goals Barça beat Athletic Bilbao 4–1 in the 2009 Copa Del Rey Final, winning the competition for a record-breaking 25th time. A historic 2–6 victory against Real Madrid followed three days later and ensured that Barcelona became La Liga champions for the 2008–09 season. Barça finished the season by beating the previous year's Champions League winners Manchester United 2–0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to win their third Champions League title and completed t ...
Incoming Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is keen to bring the best of Spain's young talent to Germany in the summer. Rather than spend big on established players, Guardiola has identified three La Liga youngsters he feels are destined for big things and should build their futures at Bayern. Malaga winger Isco, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Iker Muniain and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez are the three local kids Guardiola hopes to add to his new squad this summer.
Top 2O football special moments of the year: 2O. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers put into the 3rd division league and the top Spanish team, Villareal getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by an underdog. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the UEFA Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football 1O. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 9. ...
Messi – Barca for life? 1. Italian giants Juventus have joined the race for Celtic striker Gary Hooper with Newcastle, Southampton and Liverpool (Various) 2. Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente is reportedly happy with English clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham showing interest in him (Various) 3. Diego Simeone’s name has been added to the list of managers Chelsea will turn to if Pep Guardiola snubs Stamford Bridge (Daily Mirror) 4. Liverpool’s Joe Cole and former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka are targets for Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window (Daily Mail) 5. Lionel Messi has agreed to a new six-year contract to stay with Barcelona until 2018 (Bristol Post) 6. Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge will snub Tottenham to sign for Liverpool next month (The Sun) 7. Arsenal have held “peace talks” with Theo Walcott over a new contract and will tie up deals for British quartet Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs (Daily Mirror) 8. Chelsea manager Raf ...
Mourinho 'very happy' not to win best coach, says Karanka Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka has explained that Jose Mourinho is happy about not being voted best La Liga coach at the LFP awards. The Portuguese trainer won the Spanish Primera Division with his side last season but the boss' right-hand man - who was filling in for him at the press conference ahead of the match against Athletic Bilbao - said there is no disappointment in falling short to Barcelona's Pep Guardiola. “We spoke about it and Mourinho is very happy not to have won that award,” the 39-year-old told the attending reporters. Karanka then reflected on the 2-1 win over Levante last weekend which saw both teams battling it out on a waterlogged pitch. He continued: “We saw other characteristics of the players, in circumstances that did not favour us. But criticism or praise from outside should not influence us. The team is very well physically. “The progression of the team can be seen. We are continuing to progress thanks ...
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola signed off in style on Friday, securing yet another slice of silverware for the Spanish club before embarking on his self-enforced sabbatical.
Barcelona marked Pep Guardiola's final match in charge with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa Del Rey Friday.
Barcelona won their 26th King's Cup when two goals from Pedro and one from Lionel Messi gave them a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in coach Pep Guardiola's final match in charge on Friday. It was the 14th title of Guardiola's four-year reign and capped a season in which Barca finished second behind arch-rivals Real Madrid in La Liga and lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is now waiting to hear if Guardiola will carry out his promise to take a year out of the game after he indicated he would be open to offers from England.
Chelsea Make One Last Attempt to ‘Seduce’ Pep Guardiola Former Nou Camp boss appears ready to make return to football earlier than first thought. Chelsea to make Pep Guardiola another offer as outgoing Barcelona coach hints at quick return to management Pep Guardiola appears increasingly keen on working in the Premier League when he returns to management, with Roman Abramovich set to make one more effort to bring him to Chelsea this summer. The 41 year-old took charge of his last game as Barcelona coach last night, the Spanish Cup against Athletic Bilbao, and is understood to be wavering on his announcement that he will take a season’s sabbatical. Guardiola has long harboured an interest in working in England and Liverpool have also inquired about his availability as they search for a successor to Kenny Dalglish. Interestingly, Guardiola travelled to Paris recently to have lunch with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, now in charge of Paris St-Germain, to ask him about what it was like working ...
Pep Guardiola in happier times, Barcelona 3 - 0 Athletic Bilbao. What's next pep, coach a good performance out of the sympathy stricken winger that is Stuart Downing??
Barcelona can cap four illustrious years under Pep Guardiola with a 14th trophy when they play Athletic Bilbao in Friday's Copa Del Rey final, Live Action on SS3 from 9:55pm.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has reiterated his desire to take a break from football in order to recharge his batteries, but admitted that he is open to a return if he receives an interesting proposal in future. The 41-year-old recently announced his decision to quit Barcelona this summer to take a sabbatical from the game after a highly successful four-year stint with the Blaugrana. Nevertheless, Guardiola's farewell to the game could only be temporary as he is keen to make a return once he is ready. "I will be pleased to receive calls [from interested clubs], of course, but for the next few months I have to recharge my batteries, recharge my mind," Guardiola told reporters at a press conference. "I'm going to rest for now and then I will wait. If a club wants me once I've recharged my batteries, and they seduce me, I will coach again." Guardiola will be in charge of Barcelona for the last time in Friday's Copa Del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.
Liga - Guardiola calms waters ahead of final Outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola sought to make the succession of his number two Tito Vilanova as smooth as possible as he gave his last Nou Camp news conference, ahead of the Copa Del Rey final. Guardiola has the chance to exit the club with the 14th trophy of his four-year reign if Barca can beat Athletic Bilbao at the Calderon in Madrid on Friday. The build up to his departure has been dominated by media rumours that he was unhappy with the way club handled the news that his friend and assistant Vilanova was to succeed him, with suggestions that he did not know. This has led to sniping between the former president Joan Laporta and incumbent Sandro Rosell that has threatened to de-stabilise the club. "After being knocked out by Chelsea I rang Tito and I told him the moment had arrived and that they were going to offer him the position, and that he should do what he thought best," Guardiola said referring to their Champions League semi-final exit. "Who a ...
OJAY Sports Pep Guardiola brings the curtain down on four trophy-packed years in the Barcelona hotseat on Friday night and his players are determined to send him off on a high. Barca take on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium in a showdown that pits the two most successful teams in the competition's history against each other. So do you think it will happen that way tonight?
Barcelona have the chance to end the Pep Guardiola era in precisely the same way it began, with a King’s Cup final win over Athletic Bilbao Friday.
Eric Abidal - Barcelona Barcelona 's Eric Abidal has been discharged from hospital, and will continue his recuperation from the surgery he underwent earlier this year at home. The 32-year-old had a liver transplant operation at the Hospital Barcaclinic on April 10 almost one year after he had a tumour removed. Abidal has now been given the green light to return home, where he will continue his recovery in the company of his family. "Given the characteristics of these recovery processes, Abidal will be submitted to regular medical checks at the hospital," a statement from Barca's medical team read. The news comes as a huge psychological boost for the Blaugrana ahead of the Copa delRey final against Athletic Bilbao on May 25, which will be Pep Guardiola's last match at thehelm of the club. Abidal, who joined Barca from Olympique Lyonnais in 2007, made 38 appearances in all competitions in 2011-12.
Oh waiit next week there is the Spanish Cup Final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao ! Pep Guardiola's last game
Pep Guardiola said goodbye to La Liga with a 2-2 draw at Real Betis in his last game on the Barcelona bench.
La Liga Team of the Season: Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi & Falcao star in the 2011-12 campaign. We choose the best XI from the Spanish top-flight campaign that came to a conclusion on Sunday, with Real Madrid claiming the title with a record 100 points Real Madrid were crowned champions of Spain on Sunday with a record 100 points, nine clear of fierce rivals Barcelona as coach Pep Guardiola bade a fond farewell to La Liga. And with the campaign concluded, Goal.com looks at the cream of the crop from the Primera Division in 2011-12. Madrid actually conceded three goals more than Barca but Iker Casillas was key once again with a string of vital saves, including one brilliant dive to his right to deny Xavi in the crucial Clasico win at Camp Nou last month and a wonderful reaction stop from Manu del Moral at Sevilla earlier this season. Casillas led by example as Madrid captain and stood tall when it mattered most. Surprisingly out of the team on occasions, criticised and tipped with a summer exit from Camp Nou, ...
Pep Guardiola was exhausted, says his father The Barcelona coach's father has stated that it was clear to see his work was taking its toll on the successful coach after four stressful years at the helm of the Camp Nou club By Stefan Coerts May 8, 2012 8:15:00 AM Valenti Guardiola, the father of Pep, has stated that the Barcelona coach was overworked and exhausted, and feels he made the right decision to take a break from football. Guardiola recently announced that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, and his father has insisted that Pep needs the rest. "Pep was absolutely exhausted and overworked. He was thinking about football 24 hours per day, and always thought about the fans and the people who care about the club. It was a big responsibility for him," Valenti said to Catalunya Radio. "I don't know what he will do next, but I do know that he will enter his next job with the same commitment that he showed at Barca." Meanwhile, Dolors Guardiola, Pep's mother, was impressed with the farewell ...
Jose Mourinho rewarded for patient approach at Real Madrid.It's the seventh, but it's been the most difficult." If there was a certain inevitability about Real Madrid finally clinching La Liga at Athletic Bilbao last night, Jose Mourinho acknowledged what an enormous effort it has taken.This win is Mourinho's seventh league championship title in 10 seasons, spread across four countries. Only three coaches have pulled the four-country trick before; Ernst Happel, Giovanni Trappattoni and Tomislav Ivic (who won in five different nations). Yet one of Mourinho's most curious characteristics is his capacity for occasional disarming humility. Despite his regular success, few will need reminding how hard he has had to work for this one, in the shadow of Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona. Mourinho's assistant Aitor Karanka, the camp's spokesman in recent weeks as the boss refused to address the media, summed up the team's progress. "We managed to win the cup last year, which gave us a lot of hope and brough ...
Jose Mourinho's MISSION ACCOMPLISHED as Real Madrid SEAL TITLE • Victory over Athletic Bilbao secures La Liga title • Goals from Higuaín, Ozil and Ronaldo complete win by Sid Lowe 1 day ago Share Real Madrid won their 32nd league title, José Mourinho's seventh in four different countries, returning the trophy to the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time in four years. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but goals from Gonzalo Higuaín, Mesut Ozil and Ronaldo secured a 3-0 win against the Europa League finalists Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés and wrapped up the title with two matches to spare. The Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, had conceded the league title after Real Madrid's 2-1 victory in the clásico 11 days ago but the current holders obliged their rivals to wait a little longer. Barcelona's 7-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano prevented Madrid from celebrating success on Sunday night and Wednesday evening's 4-0 win against Málaga required Real to defeat Athletic. They did not wait long. Real steamroll ...
Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid: Higuain, Ozil and Ronaldo on target as Mourinho's champions celebrate 32nd Liga title. Los Blancos responded to Barcelona's victory over Malaga to secure a first title in four years, ending Pep Guardiola's domestic dominance with an emphatic win at San Mames. Real Madrid will look to complete a season of records, which has seen Jose Mourinho win his fourth different domestic league following successes with Porto, Chelsea and Inter, and his side could end the campaign with 100 points if they triumph in their two remaining games.
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has refused to discuss whether Real Madrid are better than rivals Barcelona, but admitted that Jose Mourinho's men have been the best team in La Liga this season and will be worthy champions. The Argentine has a close relationship with Pep Guardiola and is a huge admirer of the Catalans' football philosophy.Bielsa conceded, though, that Barcelona have come off second best to Madrid in Spain this season, as Los Blancos are poised to clinch the title with a vic
Barcelona target Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa to replace exhausted Pep Guardiola. European Cup is heading to either Germany or England but the showpiece event in Munich will see several key performers absent due to su...
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said that unheralded Athletic Bilbao were the surprise team of the Spanish season
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has played down Athletic Bilbao's hefty schedule ahead of their clash with his side at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola foresees an intense match against Athletic Bilbao, a team that he qualified as...
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