Pep Guardiola & Camp Nou

Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. Camp Nou (New Field) is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain which has been the home of Fc Barcelona since 1957. 5.0/5

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The two times Pep Guardiola has faced Messi at Camp Nou..
Pep Guardiola in his two games as a visiting coach at Camp Nou:. 0 wins. 0 draws. 2 defeats. 0 goals scored. 7 goals conce…
Pep Guardiola will not come to Premier League. He quit Barca bc of at Camp Nou, imagine playing Stoke/Crystal Palace week in week out
Pep Guardiola said it was a "privilege" to witness Lionel Messi's display at the Camp Nou last night:
Guardiola: Torres perfect for Atletico The coach lauded Diego Simeone's decision to bring the former club captain back to the Vicente Calderon and believes they pose a threat to Bayern's Champions League chances By Miles Chambers Jan 16, 2015 23:36:00 Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes that Atletico Madrid have hit the jackpot by bringing Fernando Torres back to the Vicente Calderon. Torres left La Liga for Liverpool in 2007, one year before Guardiola famously took the reins at Camp Nou, and returned earlier this month on loan from AC Milan having flopped at San Siro and Chelsea before that. Football pundits and fans were split over whether Torres would burden another club with his lack of goals, but he stunned arch-rivals Real Madrid on Thursday by scoring a double to knock the holders out of the Copa Del Rey at the last-16 stage. Guardiola, who now coaches Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, believes that the Spain international is perfectly suited to life under Diego Simeone's wing in Madrid. ...
GBAM!!! Messi’s record will last 600 years’ Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on former player Lionel Messi after his heroic feat last weekend, insisting the forward’s record will stand for “600 years”. The Barcelona ace’s hat-trick against Sevilla took him to 253 La Liga goals in 289 matches, breaking Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 as he became the new highest goal- scorer in the Spanish League. Guardiola, under whom Messi thrived in the Spanish coach’s four-year tenure at the Camp Nou, was full of praise for his former starlet, and believes his record will stand for years to come. "He is only 27 years old and he has already beaten the record,” said the Bayern boss. “His record will not last for 60 years, but 600 years." Speculation of unrest with the Catalans has fuelled reports of a possible move away from Spain, yet Guardiola said he hopes the new record-holder will finish his career at the club he joined when he was just 13 years old. "I hope that Messi will end his ...
A different discourse. Lionel Messi's claims that he no longer knows whether his long-term future lies at Barcelona are fruit of the forward's growing frustration at the Catalan club. Once a marriage made in heaven, Messi and Barca could now be set for an unhappy break-up. The Argentine attacker has always said he wants to retire at Camp Nou or at least stay until late in his career before ending up at boyhood club Newell's in Argentina, but he has now changed his tune. On Tuesday, he told Argentine sports daily Ole that he does not know what the future holds. And it was no coincidence. Amid the criticism under compatriot Gerardo Martino, Messi contemplated leaving Barca last season and even expressed his concerns to former coach Tito Vilanova in a visit to the former Blaugrana boss before his death in April. Vilanova convinced Messi to stay less than a week prior to his passing but the player and his team still studied an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and would now be open to considering a move next sum ...
Barcelona have announced that a pitch at the club's training ground is to be named after former coach Tito Vilanova, who died earlier this year. - Tomas: Luis Enrique's Barcelona emerging from shadow of last season Vilanova passed away in April aged just 45, after a long battle with cancer. The former Blaugrana midfielder was assistant to Pep Guardiola for four trophy-laden seasons, before taking the top job himself and guiding the team to the 2012-13 La Liga title with a record tally of 100 points. The Girona-born coach then had to step down from the position in the summer of 2013, when it became evident that it was impossible for him to continue given the gravity of his illness. His passing just months later was marked by an outpouring of grief from Blaugrana players and fans. The decision to remember Vilanova in this way was announced in a club statement released after Tuesday's board meeting at the Camp Nou. "The board gave its unanimous approval of the proposal to rename pitch number one at the Ciuta ...
WHY GUARDIOLA LEFT BARCELONA .. . . . . . . . . . . Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, has revealed he left Fc Barcelona in 2012 because he was exhausted. The 43-year-old decided to go on a sabbatical after winning 14 trophies – amongst them two Champions League titles – in just four years with the Catalan giants. Guardiola denies leaving Camp Nou due to issues with Sandro Rosell, the Former Barcelona president, but because he had reached his personal ‘limits of exhaustion’. “It isn’t true that I left because (then president Sandro) Rosell didn’t support me in rebuilding the squad,” he is quoted in another excerpt from his book Herr Pep. “I was at my limit of exhaustion and I wasn’t sure at all about what options I could offer the team. I didn’t ask to rebuild the squad, because I was the one who had decided to leave.” On the subject whether he would be keen to return to the Catalan giants Guardiola says ambiguous, “The way the club is organised, there are only two options: eith ...
PEP EXPLAINS BERCELONA EXIT source : ESPN soccer Pep Guardiola reveals that he left Barcelona because he was "at the limit" of his exhaustion in a new book about the now-Bayern Munich coach, AS reports. - Schaaf: A fruitful tour for Bayern - Gurdiola proud of victory over Chavas Herr Pep, written with his full authorisation by journalist Marti Perarnau, reveals that his departure from the Camp Nou had nothing to do with a falling-out with former club president Sandro Rosell. AS reports that journalist Isaac Lluch, the Germany correspondent for Catalan daily Ara, has had a sneak preview of the book, which is due to be published in Catalan and Spanish in September. It was written after Perarnau was authorised to spend 200 days a year with Guardiola, who told him: "Write everything you see and criticise everything you want to in the book, but during the season don't write anything that you see behind closed doors." The coach says: "It isn't true that I left because Rosell didn't support me in rebuilding the ...
Memorial service held for Vilanova A memorial service took place on Monday for Former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday. Vilanova, who served as assistant to Pep Guardiola before taking charge of first-team affairs at Camp Nou, passed away at the age of 45 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. After succeeding Guardiola for the 2012-13 season, Vilanova guided Barca to the Liga title with a club-record haul of 100 points. However, his sole campaign in charge was interrupted by illness and he was forced to step down last July. The club confirmed on Friday that Vilanova had passed away and mourners - including his family - gathered at a packed Barcelona Cathedral on Monday to pay their respects. Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona Lluis Martinez Sistach led the ceremony, which was attended by members of the club's playing staff, including Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Victor Valdes. Representatives from the board of directors were also present, with president Josep Maria B ...
Former Barcelona coaches Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova as players during a game at Camp Nou in 1993/94
The Bayern Munich boss claims top-class players can play well irrespective of coaches and insists his success at his former and current clubs is down to collective efforts Pep Guardiola has claimed he had little to do with turning Barcelona stars Xavi and Andres Iniesta into world-leading players. The Spain midfield duo flourished under Guardiola's stewardship at Camp Nou as the Blaugrana claimed 14 trophies from 2008 to 2011, including two Champions League titles. Xavi and Iniesta were also at the heart of Spain's incredible back-to-back European Championship successes, as well as their triumph at the 2010 World Cup, but Guardiola claims players of such calibre do not require coaches to get them to play at their best. "Barcelona's players motivate themselves," the Bayern Munich boss was quoted as saying by Sport. "I did not teach Xavi or Iniesta to play. Coaches are here to lend a hand, but they have been playing well for 20 years. Coaches do not make good players play well. They play well enough without ...
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer TheClasicois back. Real Madrid and Barcelona battle it out once again in the famous fixture on Sunday, this time with La Liga at stake and, as usual, their hopes rest respectively upon the shoulders of the world's two finest footballers: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Cristiano and Leo meet for the 21st time in aClasicoclash since the Portuguese moved to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for what promises to be another intriguing installment of the pair's compelling conflict. But which of the two has peformed better in their meetings over the past five seasons? There was little joy for Ronaldo in his first campaign in Spain. The Portuguese returned from injury to face Barcelona at Camp Nou in La Liga, but Manuel Pellegrini's side lost out to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley in a tight encounter and Messi netted the opener in the Primera Division clash at the Santiago Bernabeu later in the season as Pep Guardiola's side won 2-0. The teams' next meeting was much ...
Pep: Barca success became a curse Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent March 19, 2014 Pep Guardiola has revealed he decided to leave Barcelona in 2012 because he felt he could no longer reach his players, telling the Audi Annual Report his glittering reign had come to feel like “a curse.” • Top Tenner: Messi goals Guardiola, now with Bayern Munich, succeeded Frank Rijkaard as Barca coach in 2008 after an impressive spell in charge of the club’s B team and, in a remarkable four-year spell, won 14 trophies including two Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles. However, throughout his tenure he had always refused to commit to the club long-term and, in April 2012, he announced that he would be leaving at the end of the season, telling a news conference: “I have nothing left and need to recharge my batteries.” The announcement had followed a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, when the Blues came back from 2-0 down in the second leg at the Camp Nou to claim a ...
This is what happens when you are overatted from Day 1 From Barcelona wonderkid to Ajax flop - where next for Bojan? The attacker seemed destined for greatness after an impressive start at the Catalans, but has since been unable to justify the hype Nevertheless, with the departure of Rijkaard at the end of that season, things started to go downhill for Bojan. He never managed to fully convince new coach Pep Guardiola of his qualities and he eventually opted to leave the Camp Nou side for Roma in the summer of 2011 in an attempt to relaunch his career. Sadly enough, his spell at the Giallorossi did little to get things back on track as he failed to impress at the Serie A side. Bojan completed just four league games all season as Roma had to settle for seventh spot in the table and they happily accepted a loan offer from AC Milan at the end of a frustrating 2011-12 campaign. But San Siro would not prove to be the right place to flourish for Bojan either, with the Spaniard ending up on the bench much more th ...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gives Explosive Views on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola Zlatan Ibrahimovic has delivered a no-holds-barred insight into Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, claiming he “lacks balls” and cannot hold a candle to former Inter Milan and current Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho. The enigmatic Ibrahimovic, now of PSG, has played under both coaches during his stellar career but, in his new book “I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, reveals he could not think less of Guardiola compared to Mourinho. In an extract provided by the Daily Mail Ibrahimovic writes: "He (Mourinho) is the exact opposite of Pep Guardiola. If Mourinho lights up a room, Guardiola draws the curtains. Mourinho would become a guy I was basically willing to die for." The Sweden international spent one season under Mourinho at Inter, scoring 29 goals, before making a €66 million switch to Barcelona. However, his debut spell at the Camp Nou ended in disappointment as Mourinho’s side came back to haunt Barca, beating them in the 2 ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Arsene Wenger has accused Arjen Robben of diving to get Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off, which led to a 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich. To make matters worse on a miserable night for Arsenal, Szczesny is facing a UEFA probe after making a rude gesture following his sending-off. Pep Guardiola admits he was "so happy" to see Bayern Munich beat Arsenal 2-0 after losing on his two previous visits to Emirates Stadium.The ex-Barcelona coach endured two winless visits with his former Spanish employers but expressed his delight after the triumph. Garry Monk says he is "level-headed" enough to face the biggest test of his fledgling coaching career when Swansea host Napoli in the Europa League. Monk, named interim manager after Michael Laudrup was sacked on 4 February, will today lead the Swans as they tackle the Italian giants in the last 32. Samir Nasri insists Manchester City can beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou and keep alive their Champions League hopes since they are not as ...
It seems almost an eternity ago that Arsenal came within a Nicklas Bendtner missed chance from dumping the then 'greatest side on the planet', Barcelona, out of the Champions League. Back then, at the Nou Camp in 2011, Arsenal had the likes of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and, before his sending off, Robin van Persie. When Arsenal face the latest 'greatest side on the planet' in Bayern Munich, they'll have a team that's arguably every bit as good as the one that gave Pep Guardiola's Barcelona a scare just over three years ago. The Gunners have Jack Wilshere, who is far more mature a player than he was on that night at Camp Nou, record signing Mesut Ozil and midfield enforcer Mathieu Flamini to call upon, and even without the injured Aaron Ramsey and suspended Mikel Arteta the Gunners' midfield is looking stronger than ever. But despite the abundance of talent Arsenal have to call upon, it could well be another midfielder that proves the difference when they face the Champions of Europe. Our friends at Squaw ...
SPECIAL REPORT By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer Barcelona were forced to make a coaching change in the summer, with Vilanova taking time off to recover from cancer and Gerardo Martino brought in as his replacement. But had things been different, instead of an Argentine in the Camp Nou hotseat, it could have been a Chilean: Manuel Pellegrini. Barca have long admired Pellegrini and kept tabs on the South American during his successful spell at Villarreal between 2004 and 2009. Indeed, the Catalan club considered the Chilean as a potential replacement for Frank Rijkaard as the Dutchman's tenure finally flickered out in 2008. In the end, however, Barca opted to promote Pep Guardiola to the top job at Camp Nou and, a year later, Pellegrini moved to the other side of the Clasico divide as he joined Real Madrid. Identified by sporting director Jorge Valdano as the man to lead the second Florentino Perez project at the Santiago Bernabeu, Pellegrini steered Madrid to their then highest-ever points total in ...
ELCASICO.THE STORY SO FAR: Fc Barcelona have scored, shot on target and possessed the ball more than Real Madrid But look out for Madrid in the last quarter of an hour - and they're also comeback kings They do say that it matters not a hoot what kind of form Barça and Real Madrid have shown prior to a clásico. In these games, the formbook goes out of the proverbial window. But it doesn’t hurt to have a glance at their recent form ahead of the clash of giants at the Camp Nou. So here we analyse their stats in the first nine games of the Liga season. • Barça getting the goals. Not only have FCB scored the most goals out of all 20 teams in the first division, but they have also leaked the fewest. Real Madrid are third on both counts, each time a place below Atletico, with 19 goals for and nine against. • FCB taking the chances. Fc Barcelona is the most effective team in the tournament, having turned 22.4% of their shots into goals, followed by Atlético Madrid (19.1%) and Villarreal (17.4%). Real Ma ...
LATEST. NEWS: AHEAD OF THE EL-CLASICO New faces add fresh twist to 'Clasico' With the world's biggest stars and two richest clubs on show, it is no surprise that when Barcelona and Real Madrid meet the world stops to take notice. In recent years though the fixture has become less of a treat with 17 meetings between the two in the past three seasons alone. However, on the brink of their first clash this season on Saturday there is an excitement and freshness brought by the addition of new cast members to the drama that El Clasico almost never fails to deliver. The protagonists remain the same. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this fixture as they have practically all others since the Portuguese joined the four-time World Player of the Year in Spain four years ago. Should Messi find the net at the Camp Nou on Saturday he would surpass Madrid legend and honourary president Alfredo di Stefano as the all- time leading scorer in meetings between the two. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is soon catching up ...
Are Barcelona moving away from Tiki Taka? The Catalans have adopted a more direct approach at times this term, particularly on the road, but are they really ditching the style that made them great under Pep Guardiola? "We don't play Tiki Taka," Pep Guardiola growled. "I don't like that expression - it seems as if we are discrediting our opponents." That was back in 2010-11, at the height of Barcelona's brilliance under the Catalan coach. But call it what you will, back then the Blaugrana boasted a clear playing philosophy admired and recognised throughout the world. Gerard Pique looked back in an interview with European Sports Media this week. "With Pep, we had an identity," he recalled. "We played the same way in Granada, in Malaga, on pitches full of puddles... the team really believed in Pep." One of the most frank footballers at Camp Nou, Pique is not afraid to speak his mind. The defender got himself into trouble last season with former Barca boss Tito Vilanova after the Blaugrana were humbled by Bay ...
Pep Guardiola's seat is at Camp Nou -.- U should've said "Me, sitting at Pep's temporary seat at Allianz Arena.:'(
Thiago follows Pep Guardiola to Bayern while Rafinha stays at Camp Nou | Football Realm
Guardiola hires ex-Barca staff for Bayern | Pep Guardiola has brought several of his Former Barcelona colleagues to Germany as he prepares to begin work as Bayern Munich Head Coach next week. The Spaniard has recruited Domenec Torrent to be one of his assistants and another Spaniard, Lorzen Buenaventura, to be his fitness coach as part of the new regime at the reigning European and Bundesliga champions. Die Welt reports that Manuel Estiarte will make the move from the Camp Nou to the Allianz Arena as a consultant, while there will also be a role for Guardiola's brother and agent, Pere, in Bavaria. However, the two-times Champions League-winning coach will also retain some of the staff who helped guide outgoing boss Jupp Heynckes to the Treble last season. Long-standing coach Herman Gerland, 59, who has developed the likes of Holger Badstuber, Thomas Muller or David Alaba in the club's youth academy, will work as one of the assistant coaches. Video analyst Michael Niemeyer will also remain at the club and ...
Pep Guardiola is keen to add Eric Abidal to the squad he will inherit at Bayern Munich, following the French defender's impending release by Barcelona. Sky Sports reports how the 33-year-old was not offered a new contract at Camp Nou after the Catalan club deemed it 'too risky' to renew terms with a player that only recently recovered from a liver transplant.
Joan Laporta has confirmed that he will run for the Barcelona presidential elections with tge aim of unsitting Sandro Rosell. He blamed the current Barca board n president for undermining Pep Guardiola n not renewing Eric Abidal's contract. Laporta was instrumental in the appointment of Guardiola as the Barca Head Coach. On the other hand the current Barcelona president, Rosell is the main reason Pep Guardiola decided to walk away from the Camp Nou outfit. I welcome the news of the possible return of Joan Laporta with both hands.
Spotlight on Málaga C.F.Manuel Pellegrini's men come to the Camp Nou with the intention of bidding farewell to their manager, who has confirmed that he'll be leaving the club this summer Fc Barcelona are hoping to equal the best ever point haul in Spanish football history, and if they beat Málaga, they will accomplish their goalPREVIOUS MATCH The first match of the season between Málaga C.F and Fc Barcelona was played at La Romadera. Messi and Cesc fired Barça ahead in the first half, while Thiago hammered the final nail in the coffin in the second. The Blaugrana came away from Andalusia with a 1-3 victory, thus taking their unbeaten record in the league to 18 wins and 1 draw from 19 matches. FORM GUIDE The last time the two teams met in La Liga saw Barça extend their record as the team with the best start ever in La Liga history, this evening’s match could see the Blaugrana accomplish an equally stunning feat. If Barça defeat Málaga at the Camp Nou, Tito Vilanova’s men will equal the record fo ...
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed that Pep Guardiola asked the club to sign Neymar prior to the Bundesliga champions' move to sign Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund . The Former Barcelona coach waskeen to recruit the 21-year-old Brazilian, who is now poised to complete a €28 million move to Camp Nou , but the newly-crowned European champions felt Gotze was a safer option given their previous record with signing Selecao starlets. "Guardiola had certain ideas to bring in a young Brazilian player [Neymar]," Hoeness said while speaking at an IDG Communications Media AG gathering. "But we have had a number of bad experiences with young Brazilians in the past. If you consider signing someone who costs €20-30 million or even more, it is a difficult decision. We all know what happened with Breno... "So we started looking for a similar player and eventually signed Mario Gotze." The 20-year-old Gotze will leave Dortmund for Bayern for €37m this summer after agreeing the terms for a transfer ea ...
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Thiago, who is rumored to be unhappy with his lack of playing time this season, appeared in 34 of 58 matches this season. While contributing in games where the magic tandem of Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets could not take the field or finish a match, Thiago showed promise, yet inexperience. His lack of playing time appears to affect his spontaneous mental lapses on the pitch, something perhaps ex-coach Pep Guardiola would have remedied by now with healthy rotation of his central players. But with an undisclosed bundle of euros being dropped to bring Neymar to the Camp Nou, one must wonder what the board has in store for quality, but fringe players like Thiago, Villa, and Cristian Tello (21) (And I use the term fringe with great elasticity here). Thiago could land his club a boat load of money should they decide to offload him, but if rumors of his €18 million release clause are true, now would be quite an inopportune time to sell should they hope to get anywhere near his true value. Villa, on ...
Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has offered an alternative take on Lionel Messi's qualities, naming him the best defender in the world
Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola arrives at a press conference in Barcelona on April 27, 2012. Pep Guardiola is leaving the club, ending a four-year reign over one of the greatest eras in club football, the club president announced Today. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell made the announcement at a packed news conference in the Camp Nou alongside the 41-year-old coach. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages �
Surely, it's not the best of times for Fc Barcelona of Spain. After being humbled 2-0 by a defiant Ac Milan side in their Champions League round of 16 1st leg, it has been ignominiously followed by a Copa Del Rey and La Liga defeats to their arch rivals Real Madrid. With 3 defeats in the space of two weeks, there's definitely no much smiles at Camp Nou at the moment. Stripped of Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, Barcelona have not been able to get the groove and spark that characterised the tenure of Guardiola who opted out after the 2010/2011. In him, Barcelona had a coach blessed with tact, know-how, technical clout and charisma to tutore his galaxy of talented players even when the chips were down. He possessed that charm and aura that propelled the Blaugrana in his time. He was intelligent and smartly dressed. I digress. My point is that without an atom of doubt, this gentlemam who is now contracted to Bayern Munich has left a big hole that will take some time to be filled. Tito Vilanova, his assistan ...
I didn't get to watch yesterday's él clássico. . .I was occupied walking on the runways the entire time. Well, I watched the replay on TV later on...and here are some interest facts and things I learned about the él clásicco yesterday_ 1. The gap between the invincible Pep Guardiola's created Fc Barcelona and Jose Mourinho's rejuvenateted Real Madrid is completely closed. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo now finds goalscoring against Fc Barcelona easy. 3. The fear that grips Real Madrid players against their Catalonian rivals has completely disappeared. Players confidence are even between both teams now. 4. Kepler Lima Pepe of Real Madrid is a catalystic *** raiser in él clássico games. He seems to loathe Fc Barcelona with every drop of his blood. 5. Fc Barcelona are more susceptible to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou than at the Bernabeu. 6. Never predict any él classico game until after 90 minutes. 7. Fc Barcelona are expected to win the next él clássico at the Bernabeu this weekend. Sir Alex note this please ...
The end of an era? For the first time since the spring of 2002 when Zinedine Zidane and company put forth a magisterial performance at the Camp Nou in that year's Champions League first leg semifinal has a Madrid side dominated Barcelona in the manner that they did in Wednesday night's 1-3 win. The last few visits from Madrid to Barcelona have seen the teams play to more or less even contests, but this Copa second leg semifinal was different, and it could be the end of a title-rich run for Barcelona. Make no mistake; Barcelona will win La Liga so there is at least one more trophy on the way to Catalonia this year, but recent performances including last week in the San Siro and Wednesday night against Madrid begs the question if this is the end of Barcelona's golden era. It is now 12 matches in a row that the Barcelona defense has allowed a goal which would have been an unthinkable statistic had it happened under Pep Guardiola's watchful eye. In attack, Barcelona have looked much more like the side in Fran ...
BARCELONA ^^ Leo Messi, who renewed his contract through 2018, is 25 years old and he’s been with Barça for 13 years. Here's an overview of the 13 key moments in the world’s best player’s career: - Official debut with the first team (October 16, 2004): Messi’s first match for the senior side was in La Liga in the Catalan derby played at Montjuïc. He was subbed in for Deco. - His first goal in La Liga (May 1, 2005): Against Albacete, at the Camp Nou, Messi received an assist from Ronaldinho, the Argentine then chipped Valbuena to seal Barça’s 2-0 victory. That year Barça went on to win the first Liga title of the Rijkaard era. - The Joan Gamper Trophy against Juventus (August 24, 2005): Even though Messi had already shown what he was capable of, his breakout match was against Capello’s Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy. The Argentine was simply unstoppable. - 19-year-old Messi nets hat trick against Real Madrid (March 10, 2007): His first hat trick with the first team was against Real Madr ...
The Blaugrana star says he hopes to improve with every season, and admitted working without Tito Vilanova - who is recovering from cancer treatment - can be difficult Andres Iniesta has revealed he would like to play alongside Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and Malaga attacker Isco at Barcelona. The Blaugrana star has played alongside the Blancos defender in the Spain national side for years, while the Rosaleda starlet has been impressive form this season. When asked at the sixth edition of the World Sports Gala who he would like to bring to Barcelona, Iniesta rooted for two compatriots. "I’ve always liked Sergio Ramos,” Mundo Deportivo quoted him as saying. “He's very impressive. And I like to look at the upcoming players, such as Isco." Iniesta added he misses working with Pep Guardiola, who left Camp Nou as Head Coach last summer, and admitted it is difficult working with current boss Tito Vilanova being absent due to his recovery from cancer treatment. “I do miss Guardiola because I like wo ...
13 years ago Pep Guardiola said to Andres Iniesta: "Someday you will play in Camp Nou." via
I need Xavi & Iniesta to pass the ball to me,but they only see Leo'-The truth behind the Messi-Ibrahimovic rivalry at Barcelona Barcelona president Sandro Rosell described his signing and subsequent sale for a significant loss as "the worst piece of business in the history of the club" - but Blaugrana fans were buzzing as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unveiled before 55,00 frenzied fans at Camp Nou at the end of July 2009. The world's most exciting striker had just joined the world's most exciting team and the Swede was about to form a tasty tandem with the world's most exciting young talent: Lionel Messi. Ibrahimovic joined from Inter in a €66 million deal which saw Samuel Eto'o travel in the opposite direction, after Pep Guardiola had alluded to a lack of 'feeling' with the Cameroonian; the end had come late in the 2008-09 season, when the African went against tactical instructions by cutting inside, subsequently scoring and then celebrating defiantly in front of his bewildered boss. He also ignored his coac ...
Rosell: Picking Vilanova as coach was the best decision Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has praised the decision to replace Pep Guardiola with Tito Vilanova. Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola at the end of the 2011-12 campaign following the latter’s decision to end his four-year spell at Camp Nou and Vilanova has since guided the Catalans to their best ever La Liga season. “Tito has talent, he understands what Barcelona mean, what La Masia is and what being Catalan means,” Rosell told reporters. “It was a brilliant decision by Zubizarreta to give him the job.” Rosell then discussed Xavi Hernandez, who signed a new contract on Monday. “He has just renewed his contract until 2016. He’ll be 36-years-old by then, but we believe this deal won’t be the last he signs with us.” inside spanish football, admin andrew
Dutch Masters could guide Guardiola at Bayern It's often said that the foundations of Barcelona's success under Pep Guardiola were laid in 1971 when the club appointed Rinus Michels. He arrived in Catalonia shortly after leading Ajax to their first European Cup with a 2-0 victory over Panathinaikos at Wembley. No one had ever won the trophy in the way his team had, playing under the tenets of a new philosophy: Total Football. Barcelona asked Michels if he could replicate it at the Camp Nou. There was scepticism. Ajax was intrinsic to Michels. He had come through its academy, played for the club throughout his on-field career, later becoming its coach and from then oversaw and benefited from the development of one of the finest generations of players the game had ever seen. Many wondered if he could operate outside these conditions, without the same players. It's worth reflecting on that time again principally because following Guardiola's decision to end to his sabbatical in New York this summer to replac ...
Pep will not sign anyone from Barcelona, says Guardiola's father Pep Guardiola's father says his son will not look to take any Barcelona stars to Bayern Munich. The former Blaugrana boss will take over from Jupp Heynckes in the Allianz Arena hotseat as of this summer, following an announcement earlier this week. And since then, rumours have linked Guardiola with a number of his former players after he admitted he would look to replicate the style of football he implemented at Camp Nou with his new club. "Barça is his home. He's not going to pull it apart, how would his home end up then?", Valentí Guardiola told Deportes Cuatro. He then gave his thoughts on a possible language barrier stalling his son's progress at Bayern and whether or not he will be able to enjoy the same success in Germany as he did in Spain. "Only time will tell. He'll put everything into his job and he will be able to defend himself in German," he added. Barca midfielder Thiago Alcantara was one such player linked with a move to joi ...
Klinsmann stoked at Guardiola signing Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed his delight at the return of Pep Guardiola to football with his former club Bayern Munich. The ex-Barcelona boss made the decision to have 12 months away from the sport after leaving Camp Nou last summer and the USA national coach believes the timing of his arrival in the Bundesliga will be ideal timing. "I just think it's fantastic he's back in the game. I think it's a fascinating situation now for the club and the coach," Klinsmann told reporters. "For Pep it's a wonderful opportunity. It's a huge challenge for him to work with Bayern Munich. It was about time that he came back into the game because he's a very, very exceptional young coach out there. I just wish him all the very best there." Klinsmann - who was in charge at Bayern during the 2008-09 season - is confident the 41-year-old will adapt to his new surroundings, but admits he is curious to see how he will implement his philosophy at a different club. "Every club is different, ...
Daring Pep! Now is the time for Guardiola to prove his mettle. Events since he left Barca with Tito Vilanova in charge shows that Pep's achievement at Camp Nou is nothing out of the ordinary. Tito has taken the same team on an unprecedented run of wins dropping just 2 points all season in the La Liga race. With the title almost wrapped up and stakes in all other remaining competition including the Uefa's Champions League, Vilanova only needs time to prove that Guardiola's achievements while in charge of Barca, was down to the quality of players in the team. He has every opportunity to prove us wrong from July as he sojourn into the Allianz Arena with the Bavarians. Simply why Mou has the edge. Till then!
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Guardiola race intensifies as Europe's heavyweights jostle for pole position Bayern Munich are the bookmakers' favourites to secure the services of the Former Barcelona coach, but Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United remain in the hunt. The European season still has plenty of distance to run, but already Europe’s elite clubs are plotting ahead with the scramble for Pep Guardiola's services having begun in earnest. Guardiola, who is currently on a year-long sabbatical in New York, has confirmed that he intends to return to management next season having won 14 trophies in four years at the Camp Nou before resigning last summer. The 41-year-old’s representatives have held unofficial talks with a number of suitors as he prepares to make a decision in the coming months amid interest from Bayern Munich and a clutch of Premier League heavyweights. Reports on the continent that Guardiola has already agreed to take over Bayern are wide of the mark, although Goal.com sources have confirmed that meetin ...
IFFHS choose Mourinho as top coach Posted By Jasonpettigrove On Jose Mourinho has won his 4th ‘Best Coach’ award from the International Federation for Football History and Statistics to go with the awards he collected in 2004, 2005 and 2010. By Jason Pettigrove With a record 100 points achieved in a top European division and an astonishing 121 league goals, Mourinho led Madrid to the La Liga title in 2011-12. His side also reached the semi final stage of the Champions League before being knocked out by Bayern Munich. Mourinho won the award (chosen by a panel of football experts) ahead of some very good contenders. Roberto Di Matteo took Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory, Diego Simeone coached Atletico Madrid to a Europa League triumph and Pep Guardiola who left Camp Nou with a parting gift of another Copa Del Rey. Mourinho now stands alone as the coach that has won the IFFHS award more times than any other coach. Only the following have won the award more than once: Marcello Lippi (1996, 19 ...
CHELSEA DAH MULAKAN LANGKAH UNTUK DAPATKAN PEP GUARDIOLA Roman Abramovich will make Pep Guardiola a ‘take it or leave it’ £18 million-a-year deal to become Chelsea’s next manager in the summer. Owner Abramovich is willing to make the Former Barcelona coach the world’s highest-paid boss. He has not given up hope of bringing Guardiola to Stamford Bridge, even if he has to fight a four-way battle with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City. Abramovich will offer Guardiola £54m over three years – more than double the salary of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is the highest-paid manager in British football at £7.6m a year. Abramovich, who is currently on holiday in the Caribbean, is understood to be furious about Wednesday night’s damaging 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea at Stamford Bridge. Interim manager Rafa Benitez’s job is safe for the moment, but the Spaniard, appointed until the summer, has no chance of getting the job permanently no ...
Messi's two strikes against Betis saw him surpass Muller's mark of 85 in a calendar year. He ended with 91 And that was tip of the iceberg. In February, Leo scored four goals in a game for the second time in his career as Barca beat Valencia 5-1 at Camp Nou. He then went one better in March, netting five in an astonishing 7-1 success in the Champions League at home to Bayer Leverkusen, later going on to surpass his own mark (shared with Ruud van Nistelrooy) of 12 goals in the continental competition and tie Jose Altafini's record of 14 strikes in a single season in the European Cup. Messi would miss out on a fourth Champions League medal as he missed a penalty in the semi-final exit at the hands of Chelsea, but led Barca to the Copa Del Rey (their final trophy under Pep Guardiola) and earlier became the Catalans' all-time top goalscorer in official games as he surpassed Cesar Rodriguez's 232 strikes. And the new season has brought goals galore, too, with 35 more added in the remainder of 2012 as Messi ove ...
As Barcelona supporters take in the news of Pep Guardiola's impending departure as the club's manager it may not do much to sooth their despair that the man who will replace him next season is known primarily for being poked in the eye by José Mourinho. The assault occurred during the climax of Barça's Spanish Super Cup second-leg tie with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou last August and led to Real's manager being accused by, among others, Gerard Piqué of trying to "ruin Spanish football". Little was heard from the actual victim, Francesc "Tito" Vilanova, Guardiola's long-standing assistant. Now, however, the understated figure who has worked behind the scenes to help this generation of Barcelona players become arguably the greatest team the planet has ever seen will have to make himself heard, his presence felt, and, should Mourinho remain in charge at the Bernabéu next season, stand up to the barbs that are likely to come his way from the combative Portuguese. It will prove the ultimate test of characte ...
Guardiola will arrive in England ready for business, regardless of whether it is Chelsea, Man City or United who come knocking The popular theory is that Pep Guardiola couldn't handle working for Roman Abramovich. Too much interference. Too much pressure. Too many demands. It's interesting, particularly in light of Guardiola's reaction on March 7 when he was asked about the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas from Chelsea a few days earlier: 'I think he is a fantastic coach but we all know in this business that everything depends on results and not on our own capacity as a coach. 'Time is not something you get when you come into this job – you know that is not the case.' It was an unexpected answer, the sort of response that raised eyebrows considering Chelsea's record of firing managers. By then Abramovich's pursuit of Guardiola was already well underway and the Barca coach was already talking about life beyond his sabbatical and a future in England. The clues were there. Guardiola is not afraid of Abramovi ...
The day Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Barcelona he walked out of the Camp Nou offices, gathered the media round him and let rip. "The philosopher broke my heart," he spat. The philosopher was Pep Guardiola and the phrase explained much, even as it explained nothing at all. Ibrahimovic had arrived the previous summer on a deal officially valued at €69m and now he was gone. There was no explanation other than the fact that Guardiola didn't want him any more. Nor did there need to be. The previous summer Samuel Eto'o had been released to Internazionale as part of the Ibrahimovic deal. Guardiola said that it was a question of "feeling". He offered no other reason. It did not appear to be a question of football: Eto'o had been central to Barcelona's treble-winning side but it did not matter. He, too, was gone. Pretty much the first thing Guardiola had announced when he took over as Barcelona coach was that it would be better if Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto'o left. The former were pushed out immediately; Eto'o was gone ...
If what I hear is anything to go by, then Pep Guardiola will be at the Bridge next summer while Daniel Sturridge is expected to resume next season at Camp Nou.
Dani Alves has insisted that the players should take responsibility for Pep Guardiola leaving Camp Nou as they did not respond to him on the field.
Guardiola wanted to sell Fabregas, Pique, Villa & Dani Alves The 41-yr-old felt the quartet did not fit into the Blaugrana team for a variety of reasons, but the club feared a backlash from supporters if they had departed. FIFA agent Francois Gallardo has claimed that Pep Guardiola would have stayed at Barcelona, had the club sanctioned the sales of Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, & David Villa. The coach called time on his four-year spell in charge at Camp Nou in may, citing exhaustion & a need to recharge his batteries. However, according to the representative, he could have remained in his post, but club president Sandro Rosell saw the quartet as untouchable. Pep did nt seem committed to Fabregas, Pique & Alves, while the reasons for Villa leaving were sporting. He was especially disappointed in Cesc as a person, as he had refused to shake his hand when he signed. These players were regarded as untouchable, & the fans would not have accepted the sale.
Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to now favour Pep Guardiola as his eventual successor at Manchester United. PA Photos Ferguson tried to sign Guardiola when he was a player • Blog: Striking the right note On Tuesday, the club's vice-chairman Ed Woodward said that the Old Trafford hierarchy know what "type of manager" will succeed Ferguson, while it was reported in the Spanish press in the summer that Ferguson had met Guardiola in New York. ESPN has learnt, however, that chief executive David Gill and a member of the Glazer family also met the Former Barcelona manager, who left his role at the Camp Nou after four successful years, at that time. While a United source said that the meeting was "informal", the future is understood to have been discussed. For his part, Guardiola is known to view United as a particularly attractive proposition. Although he retains interest in Chelsea, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, the Catalan is said to find the sense of history and atmosphere at Old Trafford especially enticing ...
Shocking!Top Football Agent,Francois Gallardo has told the press that,ex-Barcelona gaffer,Pep Guardiola wanted the Camp Nou giants to axe Gerard Pique,Francesc Fabregas,Daniel Alves and David Villa during the summer transfers.
Barcelona are at a slight advantage due to the fact that Tito Vilanova had experienced much of the club's recent success. Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou in June after working as his assistant for five years. Barcelona's good start to the season can be put down to their coach's undastnding of the way the team plays. He knows perfectly the style of Barcelona. He knows the players & for them this is good, bcos normally wt a new coach u must adapt to a new way of working. His smooth transition to coach has helped the team & Barcelona are lucky to have him as their new coach, knowing he has worked at the Laliga giants for a number of years.
Tito Vilanova: Celtic will be dangerous on the break By: Laura Brannan in Barcelona on 22 Oct, 2012 17:43 HE may be in charge of, arguably, the greatest team in the world at the moment, and enjoying maximum points in the UEFA Champions League group stages so far, but Barcelona manager, Tito Vilanova, is expecting a tough test from Celtic on Tuesday night. The Hoops are in Catalonia for the third match of the tournament, and with both sides undefeated so far, it is shaping up to be a mouth-watering encounter. Vilanova, who took over from Pep Guardiola in the summer, was particularly impressed with Celtic´s dramatic 3-2 win against Spartak Moscow at the start of October, and he knows he will face a determined side tomorrow. "We know Celtic are dangerous, they have very fast people who can counter attack," he said at the pre-match press conference in the Camp Nou. "The Celtic game tomorrow will be a champions match and we have to win these matches. Celtic won against Spartak and it was difficult for us to w ...
The ex-Barcelona boss is currently on a break from being hands-on in football having had a hugely successful four years in charge at Camp Nou.
Dynasty Obi brainless Man U fans!! they did not see when Chelsea open up the game to get a goal when they were 2-0 down, and they did get the goal they wanted making it 2-1 before Toress' last goal... Chelsea fc the only club that receive standing ovation in Camp Nou after the match,.. even their coach Pep Guardiola confessed that Chelsae is a master class defensive team when they decide to defend and counter.lol
Couldn't agree more with on why Sunday night at Camp Nou was the funeral of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona
This are the of messi concerning today match barca agaist madrid. Lionel Messi has granted an interview to a Barcelona-based media outfit, in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s duo of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, his team mate David Villa and the current Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova. “He’s [Mourinho] a good coach who does his job. So is Cristiano Ronaldo, [who is] a great player,” Messi told todo-barcelona.net. “Villa is also a great guy that nobody can be wrong about.” The 25-year-old forward also praised Vilanova for continuing with the methods Pep Guardiola employed at the Camp Nou, before he departed in the summer. “[With Tito], you will see the sameBarcelona from past seasons,” he added. “Our style of play will not change because Tito thinks like Pep in this regard. There is no change. “Pep left a mark on the history of football. He gave me the bonus of playing in different positions on the field and that’s something he did with the team. “He changed and reinforced t ...
Josep Maria Bartomeu has made it clear that Barcelona are very pleased with new Head Coach Tito Vilanova's work at the club. The 44-year-old replaced Pep Guardiola at the helm this summer and has guided the Camp Nou side to five consecutive Liga victories, much to the delight of the club.
Wenger backs Song to shine at Barcelona Arsene Wenger has backed former protege Alexandre Song to make an impact at Barcelona, as the Cameroon international continues to acclimatise himself to life at Camp Nou. The midfielder, who played under the stewardship of the French coach for seven seasons, was criticised by sections of the media for his performance in the Catalans' 3-2 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow last week. Nevertheless, Wenger maintains Song has the quality to succeed in La Liga, and has issued advice to coach Tito Vilanova about how to best employ the Cameroon international. "He will succeed at Barca, and something tells me that he will play in central defence," he told BeIn Sports. "No matter who's by his side, he will be good in this role." Song made almost 200 appearances for the Londoners since his arrival from Bastia in 2005, but the majority of these came in a defensive midfield role. However, Barcelona have a tendency to deploy their holding players at centre-back, a tact ...
Dani Alves: I'm looking forward to seeing Messi & Neymar together at Barcelona The Brazil international hopes to see his compatriot make the move to Camp Nou in the future, and is pleased to see that Tito Vilanova has embraced Pep Guardiola's philosophy
There's fire on the mountain, please call me Pep Guardiola as S.Moscow lead Barcelona 2-1 at Camp Nou.
Former Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi said Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will struggle to match what Pep Guardiola achieved at Camp Nou.
Tito Vilanova takes all staff to Madrid! It's a final. And as did Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova Madrid has decided to take its entire staff. Just stay in Barcelona Marc Muniesa and Eric Abidal, two players who, in one case because of injury and illness in the other, can not miss a second in his recovery and is therefore better to stay in Barcelona. Thus, traveling to Madrid 25 players, 24 first team and Cristian Tello, the subsidiary. Sergi Roberto does not - who after the arrival of Alex Song seems to be fewer opportunities in the first team - but if Cuenca and Thiago Alcantara (both still without a medical discharge) or players like Fontas and Jonathan dos Santos could leave the team by Friday to march assigned to other sets. The travel plan contemplates that players will leave the Camp Nou at 10.15 h. am. The plane carrying them off to Madrid to 11 h. After arriving in Madrid, around 12 pm, the team will concentrate on the Eurostars Tower, close to the Bernabeu. The expedition will return to Barcelona i ...
Real Madrid and Barcelona renew their Spanish Super Cup rivalry on Thursday when Tito Vilanova faces Jose Mourinho at the Camp Nou stadium, where the two coaches famously clashed last year. Last August's match at Barcelona ended with both teams brawling on the field and Madrid coach Mourinho poking Vilanova in the eye with his finger. Barcelona won the Super Cup 5-4 on aggregate. Mourinho apologised this summer, aiming to calm tensions before his first meeting with Vilanova as a fellow Head Coach. "This isn't about Pep (Guardiola) or Tito, this is about (playing) Barca and that's how we're approaching it,'' Mourinho said on Wednesday. ''I think it's a game that will have little effect and if I could choose, I'd choose what happened last year where we lost the Super Cup and won the league. If losing is a motivation for winning the league, I'd sign off on it now.'' The match is the first of two legs. Madrid hosts the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sept. 30. Vilanova, who was an assistant to Guar ...
Barcelona beware: Why Alex Song is one of the most overrated players in the world The Cameroon international's transfer from the Emirates to Camp Nou will soon be official, but the Blaugrana are signing a tactically and technically deficient midfielder The above paragraph will probably sound like a paradox because over the last few years, Song has developed into a real fan favourite at the Emirates. So much so that in 2011-12 he finished second behind Robin van Persie in Arsenal's Player of the Season award, as voted for by the club's fans. Arsenal.com's congratulations to Song exalted: "Over the years, Alex has been an essential anchor at the base of Arsenal’s midfield, providing defensive cover for a free-flowing side committed to attack." While official websites are naturally positive towards their own staff, never could an analysis be so wide of the mark. The hard truth is that Alex Song is incapable of anchoring the midfield and incapable of providing defensive cover. In the last four campaigns, Ar ...
Barcelona 5-1 Real Sociedad: Villa returns with a goal as Blaugrana batter Basques. Messi scores two goal while puyol, pedro and villa scored single. The Catalans' campaign could not have got off to a better start, with the forward putting the seal on a scintillating team performance with a fine strike shortly after coming on.. The Tito Vilanovaera at Camp Nou began with help from a familiar face, as forward Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad in their Primera Division season opener on Sunday. The Blaugrana 's new boss picked up where predecessor Pep Guardiola left off, dominating their beleaguered Basque opponents from start to finish during an emphatic victory.
Goal.com shared the following link and had this to say about it: Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez hopes to add more consistency to his play in his second season at Camp Nou. Do you believe the Chile international can have a major impact with Pep Guardiola gone? Sanchez aims to contribute more after finally recovering from the injuries that typified his first season in Spain
Forgot I took this. Evocative I think. Sunset over the Camp Nou, half an hour before Pep Guardiola's last home game.
"Every morning when I open the window I see the Camp Nou.” Pep Guardiola (( when was 13 year old arrived La Masia ))
Pep Guardiola hails Jordi Alba signing: Despite leaving the Camp Nou based outfit for a sabbatical year, the suc...
From the Nou Camp to New York - apparently Pep Guardiola is going to live in the Big Apple for a year!
Pep Guardiola has admitted that he already misses football just weeks after leaving his position as Barcelona coach. The former Blaugrana trainer has confessed that he is yearning a taste for the beautiful game again, and sarcastically added that he has grown tired of playing golf. The Catalan club's most successful trainer opted not to extend his stay at Camp Nou this summer after four years in charge of Barca, citing exhaustion as the main reason for his departure. Nevertheless, the 41-year-old has conceded that he's already missing the game, before joking that he has had enough of playing golf.
From RDM of chelsea T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ Tito Vilanova of barcelona...BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona confirm two-year deal for coach Tito VilanovaThe Primera Division giants have revealed that Pep Guardiola's replacement has officially put pen to paper on his deal at Camp Nou.
Messi: I hope Vilanova stays at Barcelona for a long time The Argentina international wants the Blaugrana's new coach to enjoy a successful spell, and confessed that the week of Guardiola's departure announcement was a blow to the club,Lionel Messi hopes that new Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will remain as the Catalans' trainer for an extended period of time. Vilanova will replaces Pep Guardiola as the man in charge at the Camp Nou side on July 1, and the Argentine is eager for everything to remain the same under the new coach
However Tito Vilanova has told the pair he wishes them to stay at Camp Nou, as the club prepares for life after Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola who stated that he will live in Manhattan, New York, next year, then refused to rule out a return to Camp Nou in the future.
The Catalan giants added another victory to their list last week – this time against poverty, in a charity football match in which they were divided into two teams, led by Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova. The match was in behalf of Maratón por la Pobreza (Marathon against Poverty) organized by the Catalan regional TV channel, TV3. It was a great match and the younger crowd really appreciated it, you could tell. It was a fitting climax to Barca’s season especially after the Copa Del Rey victory and all the after match celebrations which took place in the Camp Nou. 14,000 people were at the palau St Jordi in Barcelona and most of them were youngsters and families. The Barcelona players, now free of all the pressure of competition, let their hair down and provided a magnificent display of good football. On one side, wearing the typical Barca claret and blue colours, there was Pinto, Xavi, Piqué, Pedro and Montoya, under the command of Tito Vilanova, with Bartra, Rodri and Espinosa on the bench. Their o ...
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Copa Del Rey Tonight from 8:30pm. Is it Possible for Barcelona not to win a thing? Barcelona, long thought of as invincible, and one of the best sides of all time, choked in the most important week of the season, losing their Champions League tie to Chelsea, and the all-important second Clásico to arch-rival Real Madrid in the Camp Nou. These two defeats saw Pep Guardiola announce his departure from the side (though he had clearly made up his mind to leave earlier), and saw the side crash out of the two most important competitions they were involved in. For a side so accustomed to winning, this was one of the worst weeks in recent memory Athletic Bilao on the other hand has a bright young team out played Man Utd in the Europa Leauge. Got a feeling there could be an upset
Pep Guardiola decided to leave his post as Barcelona manager in what was a highly anticipated and expected decision. The Catalan Master had been signing one-year contracts since he landed the Blaugrana job back in 2008, always arguing his time at the Camp Nou was limited and dependent on the 'feelin...
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 05: Fc Barcelona players throw Josep Guardiola their Head Coach into the air at the end of the La Liga match between Fc Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on May 5, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.
Laporta blames Barcelona board for Guardiola exit and claims Vilanova appointment 'a panic decision' Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that the club's board are responsible for Pep Guardiola's imminent departure and claims that the directors have now made a panic decision in appointing Tito Vilanova as their new coach. Guardiola announced his decision to step down at the end of the season last month, citing fatigue as the primary reason for his resignation. However, Laporta claims that the former Spain international is walking away because he was not given adequate backing from above, something he believes the Barca board swiftly attempted to make amends for by naming current assistant coach Vilanova as his replacement. "It is a panic decision after not having done more for Guardiola," the former Blaugrana supremo said to Catalunya Radio. "Barça are in a cycle of change and Guardiola dared not try do so because he did not have enough support from the board. "I have known the board members ...
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, ...
Diego Maradona says he would not be surprised to see Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola taking over the reins at Chelsea. - Blues keep Di Matteo in dark - Gourlay: Di Matteo must wait - Johnson: What's at stake on Sunday On Saturday, Guardiola's men were held to a 2-2 draw in his final league game in charge before leaving the Camp Nou in order to take a one-year sabbatical. Meanwhile, Chelsea are yet to offer interim manager Roberto Di Matteo a permanent deal, leading Argentina legend Maradona to suggest Guardiola may be lured to Stamford Bridge. "Pep Guardiola, a brilliant coach whom I admire, has announced that he will take a sabbatical in front of an emotional home Barcelona crowd. But don't be surprised if he quickly resurfaces at Chelsea, should Abramovich make him a huge offer," Maradona wrote in the Times of India. Maradona also took time to praise the contribution of compatriot Carlos Tevez ahead of the final day in the Premier League season. City, who also boast Maradona's son-in-law Sergio Aguero, mus ...
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Espanyol is visiting the Camp Nou in the last game of the season at home and the last game of Pep Guardiola as coach of Barcelona infront of their fans. At this meeting, which was a tribute to the coach for these 5 years of glory, Cesc came on on minute 64 by Keita and could enjoy this great celebration in person. About the match, Leo Messi, unstoppable and the scorer of La Liga, scored four goals
Guardiola bids fans adeuESPN staff May 6, 2012Pep Guardiola paid an emotional farewell to the Camp Nou as Barcelona claimed a 4-0 derby victory over Espanyol.- La Liga round-upLionel Messi was the hero on the field, netting all four goals to take his league tally to 50 for the season, but the focus post-match was on Guardiola as he took charge of his final home game before handing the reins to assistant Tito Vilano
There were many tributes, small and large, to coach Pep Guardiola at his last Camp Nou match in charge of Fc Barcelona's first team. A few of the images of the events before and after the 4-0 win against Espanyol paying homage to our legendary manager from Santpedor can be found below. Image
Camp Nou and Barcelonista says goodbye to Pep Guardiola !!! Thanks Pep !!! :)
Buenaventura and Unzué also to leave? - Pep Guardiola, who on Saturday said goodbye to the Camp Nou, and Manel Estia...
Man that farewell to Pep Guardiola at the Camp Nou was simply perfect. To me he is the greatest manager of this generation. He deserves all the praise he gets. At this point I just dont care about the Champions League Final. I will concentrate more on the legacy he has left that forever will be part of Barcelona. Thank you Pep
During his talk on the Camp Nou’s pitch after tonight's match, Pep Guardiola hinted at a possible return when he said “I’ll see you later.” Sandro Rosell said that this “is good news. Everyone loves Pep and we all want him to return.” He added that the manager has “exceeded any protagonism in the Club.” He added, “he left through the front door and he’ll come back through the front door. When he wants. In these moments, I’m proud to be Fc Barcelona’s president."
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Special report of Pep Guardiola's farewell to the Camp Nou
(4-0) It was a triumphal send off for Pep Guardiola, as the team won their last game at the Camp Nou under his charge
Sedih liat Tribute of Camp Nou to Pep Guardiola :'(
Pep Guardiola. Tribute in Camp Nou last game. Pep with family. Photos and videos.
Lionel Messi scores four in Pep Guardiola's final Barcelona game at the Nou Camp | Football
Pep Guardiola's last game at Camp Nou, thank you, good luck
Video of farewell celebrations for as nets four goals inside Camp Nou against
the song Viva la vida was there in the Camp Nou. . Favorite song for Pep Guardiola. :')
Pep Guardiola paid an emotional farewell to Camp Nou following his final home game as Barcelona coach.
Barcelona's tribute to Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou this weekend was unreal
LMAO! Chelsea supporter feels like hugging Pep Guardiola and everyone else in the Camp Nou!! LOL! I certainly did unfollow someone!!
good offering from Lionel Messi, for 3 goals at camp nou. i think it's enough for make Pep Guardiola Happy for the last moment at Camp Nou
Sad to see separation of Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou
Picture gallery: Pep Guardiola's last game at Camp Nou [
lihat farewelnya Pep Guardiola di Camp Nou membuat merinding terharu, we will miss you Pep, Visca Barca
Lionel Messi scored four to reach 50 La Liga goals for the season as Barcelona beat Espanyol 4-0 in Pep Guardiola's final game at Camp Nou.
Can you Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴͡ ♓☺w PEP GUARDIOLA was celebrated at the Camp Nou yesterday. Great man, we will miss you.
Lionel Messi scored four times to take his season tally to an unprecedented 72 goals and give Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola a 4-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol in his last home game at Camp Nou on Saturday.
The Barça President is very pleased with how the Camp Nou said goodbye to Josep Guardiola: “The Camp Nou clamored for Guardiola. Pep we love you. We can’t say anything else” “We’re in an era where Barça have learned to win and lose, where we also pay homage to our heroes,” he said
Could not make it to Camp Nou for Pep Guardiola's last home game. Watched Messi's 4 goal performance on TV. Amazing.
MESSI dedicated his 50th goal of La Liga 2012 season to Pep Guardiola on his last match at Camp Nou. A Successful Manager at the Club.Managed 4 season and grabbed 13th Trophies...It can be 14 out of 4 season, if barcelona wins the Copa Del Rey Final...
It was Pep Guardiola's Last match in the Camp Nou and Leo Messi made it memorable in his style ! BY SCORING "FOUR" SPECIAL GOALS ! He has now scored 50 La Liga GOALS AND 72 in all competitions ! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT ?? Well.. with MESSI .. "IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING "! There is NO BETTER PLAYER THAN HIM IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL ! PEP - - YOU WILL SURELY BE MISSED ! :'( ♥ Visca El Barca ! ♥ Forca Messi ! ♥
Now let's give a warm farewell to Pep Guardiola as Barcelona hosts Espanyol.. Camp Nou will certainly miss you.
It is also Pep Guardiola last game at Camp Nou tonight. Barcelona vs Espanyol. They'll bid their goodbyes.
In about an hour... Legendary Pep Guardiola for the last match in Camp Nou. It's gonna be emotional.
Everybody who comes to the game can leave a message for Pep on the wall space which will be distributed around the Camp Nou
So is Pep Guardiola out of Camp Nou now tha Real took the La Liga???
Pep Guardiola has announced to the president and squad that he will not be staying at Fc Barcelona after June 30, when his present contract ends Sandro Rosell, Andoni Zubizarreta and Guardiola were speaking to a packed press conference at the Camp Nou It was also announced at the press conference that Tito Vilanova will be the next FCB manager
Following the news that Pep Guardiola will leave his role as Barcelona coach at the end of the season, FIFA.com remembers seven key dates during the Spaniard's reign at the Camp Nou.
Pep Guardiola's understated assistant has taken on the daunting challenge of replacing him as manager at the Camp Nou
Adios to a Genius,Pep Guardiola has decided to leave Barcelona after four unforgetteble years in charge.I pay tribute to the best coach for his achievements at camp nou!am gonna miss a Hero
With some weeks to the Uefa champion's league final match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich, Chelsea have started winning double honors already. They knocked Barcelona fc out in semi final at camp nou,now the effect of that match has led to the stepping down of Pep Guardiola. That means accepting defeat.
The suspense of the last 24 hours is over. Pep Guardiola and the club have confirmed that the 41-year old manager after leading the first team for four years and in course winning 13 titles including two UEFA Champions League will not renew his contract with the club after the conclusion of the season. At a press conference held at Camp Nou, president Sandro Rosell, sports director Andoni Zubizarreta and manager Jose
Adios to a genius: Pep Guardiola has earned his break from one of football's most demanding jobs The Catalan coach has decided to leave Barcelona after four unforgettable years in charge, and Goal.com pays tribute to his achievements at Camp Nou
Hats off to the Best and the most Successful coach Pep Guardiola of Fc Barcelona ! Respects and you will be missed at Camp Nou ! :(
A wise man would leave the stage when the applause is loudest; I luv Pep Guardiola's professionalism in announcing Camp Nou exit.on the heels of a record 13 trophies in just four seasons.
thank you Pep Guardiola for giving us so much JOY during your time at Camp Nou and inflicting significant pain to Madrid, Chelsea, Man U, AC Milan, Leverkusen, and Jose Mourinho. All the very best.
Chelsea's triumph over Barca causing unrest at Camp Nou...Pep Guardiola to step down at end of d season. Bad losers!
Our Harsh revenge at Stamford Bridge and the Camp Nou caused Pep Guardiola to quit!
Reports coming from the Camp Nou in Spain indicate that, Barcelona FC is negotiating with Marcelo Bielsa the current coach of Athletico Bilbao to take over from Pep Guardiola as the later wants take a sabbatical from the game. its sad to hear. he will be remembered a lots for his 4 yrs at barca. 13 caps within 4yrs n his famous 5 nil humiliation of Jose Mourinho's madrid. Pep u will greatly be missed,we barca fans wish u stay.LONG LIVE PEP LONG LIVE BARCA!
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will announce tomorrow whether he will stay at the Nou Camp or leave the club.
Pep Guardiola to announce his future as Barcelona boss in press conference tomorrow. Can you see him leaving the Camp Nou?
Pep Guardiola is expected to announce tomorrow (friday) whether he will sign a new contract at Barcelona or quit the Nou Camp.
On a night when Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barca failed to put away a Chelsea team reduced to 10 men and missing both central defenders, a Torres goal was strangely in keeping with the madness of it all. From 2-0 down on the day, Chelsea fought back to 2-2 at Camp Nou and went through 3-2 on aggregate. It was a Champions League comeback to rank alongside Liverpool's "Miracle of Istanbul" and Manchester United's 1999 feats in Turin and Barcelona—it will go down as one of European football's great upsets.
The Mirror: Pep Guardiola to arrive at Chelsea while Laurent Blanc heads for the Nou Camp
Barcelona vs Chelsea Champions League : 2012 is not a good year for Barcelona and Pep Guardiola. Despite going a man and two goals down in the first half, Chelsea snatched one of the impossible comebacks in Champions League history with the 2-2 draw vs Barcelona at Camp Nou what marks an era come to an crushing end. Highlights Video
Pep Guardiola has said he will make a decision on his Barcelona future in the coming days, with reports suggesting he is ready to quit the Camp Nou after the defeat to Chelsea.
still cant 4get the epic battle of camp nou;wen d battle bcame too hot for the OVERRATED 'philistine army'.fightin in their backyard and paradin GIANT WARRIORS like 'Goliath',and d best 'weapons' ever,d commander of d army,a former infantry soldier called Pep Guardiola,LOST PATIENCE,TOOK OFF HIS CLOAK and dcides to enter d battlefield! he cnt understand y such a make-shift,rag-tag army of d 'children of israel'.without their 'main weapons' and greatly OUTNUMBERED cudnt b crushed within minutes!Then wen he saw d opponents pull out of d battlefield,their best and last veteran,a veteran called DIDIER and replaced Didier wit an UNDERATED sherpherdboy called Torres,d commandant and his army LAUGHED and RELAXED.they thot its jst a matter of minutes and chelsea will b crushed! so wen Torres saw Goliath,he waited 4 his chance,then took d last remainin Stone into his sling n took aim.and at God's appntd time,he strucked!Goliath fell! d OVERATED philistine army was crushed so dt we can hear God say;''EVERY DOG WIL ...
Last nite Chelsea played wth 10 men for more than an hour, wth two goals down and massive pressure put on them by the best team in the world wth their quick short passes. But above all that chelsea didnt give up on their game plan and did manage 2 hold on and come frm behind to score a crucial goal jst b4 halftym 2 keep our hopes and put pressure bak on the STARS of barcelona. Second half was the same wth pressure mounting and Drogba commited a foul on the penalty area bt the 3 time world player of the year Messi coudnt convert the kick continuing his awful form against Chelsea, the team he neva scored against. All that was left for chelsea was 2 pack the bus as away goal favoured the stanford bridge outfit. Frustration and desperation 2 get a winning goal 4 barcelona left their defence wth no hesitation 2 go forward to mount pressure on brave chelsea defence, one thing they 4gt was the world best striker Torres nd he used that to shut his critics by scoring a goal tht left Pep Guardiola's men in tears th ...
Barcelona want to win every game playing beautifully, to triumph with football alone. But, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola - who was speaking to the media ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Chelsea at Camp Nou - the Catalan club's devotion to those aesthet...
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has congratulated Real Madrid on the La Liga title after the catalan side's 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou
Camp Nou, Barcelona by Jerrad Peters Both sides come into Saturday’s Clasico with close to full squads, which is unusual for this stage of the season. Striker David Villa (tibia) has missed all of 2012 for Barcelona and is in a race to recover in time for Euro 2012 while winger Ibrahim Afellay, having only recently been given clearance to resume full training, is unlikely to even be on the bench for Real Madrid’s visit. Left-back Eric Abidal underwent a liver transplant last week and there is no timetable for his return. The only pressing concern for Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola involves Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who picked up a minor leg injury against Chelsea in the Champions League and may be forced to start from the bench. Should that happen, Pedro (one of only four players to have scored more than one Clasico goal over the past 12 months) will likely play from the beginning. Guardiola is also expected to restore Gerard Pique to the centre of defense on Saturday. The 6-foot-4 25-year-old ...
Only 1 hour more to go for the biggest footballing game in the world!!! The pitch is ready!! The fans are ready!! Coaches all ready!! Players all in!!! 400 millions viewers worldwide!! Titles at stake!! Bragging rights at stake!! Its mes que un game!! Its Pep Guardiola Vs Jose Mourinho!! Its Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo!! Its Spain vs Catalunya!! Its more than a pride!!! Its F.C Barcelona vs Real Madrid @ Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain!!! Today shall be the beginning of the end Of the season!!! This game holds it all!!! Vamos Barca !! Visca el'barca!!!
Soccer Programme for Stylish and flamboyance fan 13h30 EPL Arsene Wenger crafty philosophy will see Arsenal thrash Chelsea 18h00 PSL Johan Cruyff philosophy spearheaded by Johan Neeskes will see Sundowns through by an avalanche of goals against Maritzburg United 19h55 La Liga Johan Cruyff philosophy spearheaded by Pep Guardiola will see Barcelona beat Real Madrid at Camp Nou What a day for a stylish fan, hit like if you with me.
Win or bust in Clasico, says Barca boss MADRID – Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola admitted that defeat in Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid at Camp Nou would crown his bitter rivals as Spanish champions.
"give me another 24 chances at camp nou" Pep Guardiola
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta labelled his side's Champions League defeat to Chelsea "unjust" but admitted the Catalans were the architects of their own downfall because of a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. - Terry: Drogba put fear into Barca - Palmer: Chelsea find the blueprint - Drogba: Chelsea have learnt lessons - Di Matteo: We've answered critics - Chelsea v Barcelona gallery A Didier Drogba goal was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 semi-final first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge as Pep Guardiola's side squandered a host of a chances. Barca enjoyed their customary lion's share of possession, with Iniesta and Xavi at their instrumental best, but Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Buquets all missed glit-edged opportunities to score an away goal. "The result is unjust but we knew that Chelsea are a team that take advantage of their opportunities,'' Iniesta told Barcelona's official website. "We were off target in front of goal but we still have the return leg at home. "We have the feelin ...
They scored a goal and I imagine that the same thing will happen at Camp Nou, with 10 Chelsea players in their area. "This is a good goal for us, we will take and if we want to be considered a big side, we will have to win..Pep Guardiola
The Soccer Translator: Quotes by Max Allegri, Pep Guardiola and Carles Puyol Ahead of Barcelona vs. Milan at Camp Nou
As ex Blaugrana do u think will beat Milan tue, an Legend Pep Guardiola will stay? Do you go back the Camp Nou at all Gaz?
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 said his Barcelona team will need to score at least two goals at the Camp Nou next week if they are to oust AC Milan and reach the Champions League semi-finals. The Italian and Spanish champions played out a 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Wednesday, leaving next week's quarter-final second leg finely poised. And having failed to *** an away goal to take back to Catalunya, the Spaniards' boss is worried that one goal at home will not be enough. "I think we have to score more than one to go through and we'll try to do that," he said. "Scoring away gives you a lot, but they were lucky because they didn't even get one free-kick around the box or a corner. "They're a very strong team and I imagine one goal won't be enough. "The (Nou Camp) pitch will be better, it will be faster and I hope we'll play well." Although they failed to score, Guardiola insisted that a draw away from home is a good result. "At the beginning of the season if you had offered me a Champions League quarter-final with a 0-0 .. ...
Pep Guardiola believes his side will need to score at least twice at Camp Nou to oust Milan. Read more here:
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