Pep Guardiola & Frank Rijkaard

Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. Franklin Edmundo Frank Rijkaard (born 30 September 1962, in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football manager and former player. 5.0/5

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In the last 12years Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Tito Vilanova and Diego Simeone have all learned how to coach and won.
What Barcelona have won in the last few years was with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as coach, but it's always with Messi.
"Did Pellegrini *** La Liga from Pep Guardiola or Frank Rikaard(sp)" Rijkaard. Last season I think
Mourinho should do the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominate Mike Dean, Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard.
REAL BREAK BARCA TIE FOR EUROPEAN BRAGGING RIGHT After capturing 'La Décima', Real Madrid now have 13 major European trophies under their belt, making them the second most successful team on the continent outright, ahead of Barcelona, with whom they had been tied. Only AC Milan have tasted more continental glory, but 'Los Blancos' can draw level with them by beating Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on 12th August. Real's roll call of honours includes ten European Cups (1956-60, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2014), two UEFA Cups (1985 and 1986) and a UEFA Super Cup (2002). Barcelona, meanwhile, have won four Champions Leagues (1992, 2006, 2009 and 2011), four European Cup Winners' Cups (1979, 1982, 1989 and 1997) and four Super Cups (1992, 1997, 2009 and 2011). 'Los Blancos' have always led the way for European triumphs in Spain. However, Barcelona had caught up over the last decade thanks to the trophies clinched by Frank Rijkaard's team and the golden period under Pep Guardiola, who led the Catalan club to no ...
Only 3 men have won the Uefa Champions League as player and manager : Carlo Ancelotti - 5 Frank Rijkaard - 4 Pep Guardiola - 3
Association of Champions League winning coaches. (ACLWC) Members who are still in active coachin career are: 1. Jose Mourinho 2. Carlo Ancelotti 3. Pep guardiola 4. Vincent Del Bosque 5. Roberto Di mateo 6. Frank Rijkaard none of these coaches played in the Champions League for 10 years before winning it. In the latest meeting of this association, it was unanimously agreed that if wenger one day wins the Champions League, he'll be trashed 16 times before he'll become a member for playing 16 years in the champions without winning it and for reachin only 2 semi finals & 1 final in 16 years
Victor Valdes has bid goodbye to Barcelona in an emotional letter on the club's official website, thanking former coaches Louis Van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova for supporting him over the years.Read More
JOSEP PEP GUARDIOLA AND Lionel Messi: COINCIDENCE OR NEXUS? INTRODUCTION If we can put aside the often raging debate about who is the best between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for a moment I would like to focus on Lionel Messi and compare his time playing under the Pep Guardiola with the rest of his career. I have borrowed and amended a table of Messi's goals tally below for reference. MESSI It is not debatable that Lionel Messi was a soccer prodigy having come up in the ranks winning the FIFA U-20 trophy in 2005 and beating John Mikel Obi to second place in the race to the tournaments Golden Ball. By then he had already become a first team player for Barcelona who had rescued him from his growth hormone deficiency syndrome by signing him and paying his $900 a month treatment. RIJKAARD YEARS He got his start for Barca first eleven under Frank Rijkaard in October 2004 and he performed creditably well under Frank Rijkaard who played him as a winger. His goals tallies under Rijkaard were 04/05 - 1 goal ...
I said it before, and am saying it again Frank Rijkaard made Barcelona, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, made Pep Guardiola.
"Rodgers was influenced by Mourinho, as he was by Barcelona managers Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard and, going further back, Johan Cruyff."
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 ...
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 ...
TO UNITED,MADRID & CHELSEA FANS. I think Manchester United fans must start respecting Barcelona FC now. Barcelona FC also faced similar challenges in 2007/2008 under Frank Rijkaard. We placed 4th on the league log behind Real Madrid,Sevilla and Villareal in that order. Under the technical expert of Pep Guardiola,Barcelona overcame its challenges and won a world record 6 officials trophies the following season by introducing the likes of Pedro,Pique,Busquet, Alves etc into the team. Everybody can now attest to the achievements chalked by these players since 2008/2009 season. (16 trophies and still counting) Though Barcelona has not been in good shape for the past 2 seasons compared to the days of Guardiola yet we have never lost 5 league games in a season. We are still dominating La Liga and Europe.That is a mark of a CLASS Now back to Manchester United, Why can't you do same but rather keep slipping?? Now to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea.Ata point in time you had great team than any team in E ...
Real Madrid named Carlo Ancelotti as Mourinho successor.He will be presented to the public tomorrow.The we called 'Ancelo Magic' is very familiar with the pressures of managing great clubs in Europe.He has managed Juventus,AC Milan,Chelsea and PSG.Ancelotti is one of only six people-along with Miguel Munoz,Giovanni Trapattoni,Johan Cruyff,Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola-to have lifted the European Cup as both a player and Coach.This is wishing Ancelo Magic Success at the most Successful Football Club in Europe!
PEP GUARDIOLA CAREER STATS * We take a look at soon to be unveiled new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. Pep Guardiola started his career on the bench in 2007 when he took charge of Barça B when the team was in the Spanish Third Division. A year later, after having led the reserve side to Second Division B, the Catalan took the reins from Frank Rijkaard as the first- team manager. In his over 200 matches at the FC Barcelona helm he won 14 titles. PEP GUARDIOLA'S TOTAL NUMBERS - Matches: 246 - Victories: 178 - Draws: 47 - Defeats: 21 - Goals scored: 633 (2,57 per match) - Goals conceded: 178 (0,43 per match) - Winning % : 72,35% PEP GUARDIOLA IN La Liga - Titles: 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 Matches: 152 - Victories: 116 - Draws: 25 - Defeats: 11 - Winning % in 08-09: 71,1% - Winning % in 09-10: 81,6% - Winning % in 10-11: 78,9% - Winning % in 11-12: 73,7% PEP GUARDIOLA IN THE KING'S CUP - Titles: 2008/09 and 2011/12 - Matches: 31 - Victories: 22 - Draws: 6 - Defeats: 3 PEP GUARDIOLA IN THE CHAMPIONS L ...
Under three different managers, Frank Rijkaard (2), Pep Guardiola (247) and Tito Vilanova (51), have always been in control.
To Barca fans, I think Pep Guardiola foresaw this doomsday befalling him at the helm of affairs in Barca. That's the more reason he had to flee. It's rather unfortunate Tito Vilanova and for that matter Jordi Roura are facing the consequences. It's never their fault that Barca loses to Madrid. You could tell that, since Madrid's 5 - 0 loss, together with others, Madrid earned series of draws before they started winning some games(mostly, the supercopa home games). Gradually, Madrid's been gaining the upper hand one game at a time. Now, Madrid have the confidence that Barca used to have over them, and it's not surprising to be having such results. As for Guardiola, he came to meet an already prepared team by Frank Rijkaard(who unfortunately, did not live long to reap the benefits). For this reason, Pep really didn't do anything extraordinary with Barca - but they won him trophies. In conclusion, I dare say that, I wouldn't be surprised if Pep Guardiola becomes a FLOP in Bayern Munchen - where he is going t ...
Pep Guardiola is being praised for doing nothing. Frank Rijkaard put his blood, sweat and tears into Barcelona and gets no recognition.
Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard and Harry Redknapp currently on shortlist as new pope.
Pep Guardiola has the luck(maybe he created the luck himself) of finding well-oiled machines to work with.Apart from La Masia,Frank Rijkaard left behind a phenomenal team behind.Josef "Jupp" Heynckess is leaving a great team behind at Bayern Munich.I wonder if Ulli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenige won't regret their decision given the team Jupp had managed to put together
Guardiola era (2008–2012) FC Barcelona B youth manager Pep Guardiola took over Frank Rijkaard's duties at the conclusion of the season.[50] 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[51] 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 ...
s a footballer, Josep 'Pep' Guardiola was a much-acclaimed defensive midfielder who spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona. He was part of the great Johan Cruyff's 'dream team' that won the club's first European Cup. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became a coach at Barcelona, succeeding Frank Rijkaard as first-team manager in 2008. In his first season, he led the team to the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League - and became the youngest-ever winning manager of that tournament. The following season the club won six trophies in six competitions, playing some of the most fabulous football ever witnessed. The team comprises global stars like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta and continues to compete at a level its rivals cannot match. This book tells how Pep Guardiola did it, playing the Beautiful Game - and winning.
Roman Abramovich’s worst fears came true when Pep Guardiola snubbed Chelsea’s millions to join Bayern Munich. The Spaniard agreed a three-year deal to take charge of the German giants, dealing Abramovich a bitter blow ahead of the 2-2 Premier League draw with Southampton, when Chelsea fans again aimed abusive chants at interim boss Rafa Benitez. Abramovich had courted Guardiola for two years, although officials feared the Former Barcelona boss might look elsewhere after talks grew tense. Bayern bound: Pep Guardiola is joining the Bundesliga giants, as John Edwards told you he might (below) Sportsmail exclusively revealed on December 8 that Chelsea had begun drawing up a list of second-choice managerial candidates — including Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp — after Guardiola’s advisers expressed serious doubts about their man working under Abramovich. The Russian has gone through eight managers in nine-and-a-half years, something that did not sit well with Guardiola, who craves long-term sta . ...
Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a serious contender to become Chelsea’s next full-time boss. Although the Blues hierarchy has feared that Pep Guardiola was slipping from their grasp, the confirmation that the Catalan has opted to join Bayern Munich was still a blow to Roman Abramovich. Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, Michael Laudrup of Swansea and Diego Simeone, whose Atletico Madrid side humiliated the West Londoners in August’s UEFA SuperCup, have all been linked with the post, the Telegraph reports. According to the Mirror, Frank Rijkaard is also available, after being sacked this week by Saudi Arabia. But with Blues fans starting to show their displeasure at interim manager Rafa Benitez, Zola will be a live option to take over in the summer when the board sits down next month to start planning the club’s future. The Watford boss has never hidden the strength of his love for Chelsea, where an astonishing six-year spell as a player saw him voted as the club’ ...
Style of play Messi, playing for Argentina in 2011, has been compared to compatriot Diego Maradona Messi has been compared to compatriot Diego Maradona, due to their similar playing style and stature,[214] which gives him a lower centre of gravity than most players, allowing him to be more agile and change direction more quickly, helping him to evade tackles.[215] His short, strong legs allow him to excel in short bursts of acceleration and his quick feet allow him to keep control of the ball when dribbling at speed.[216] His former FC Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, once stated: “Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it.”[217] Like Maradona before him, Messi is dominantly a left footed player.[218] With the outside of his left foot, he usually begins dribbling runs, whilst he uses the inside of his foot to finish and provide passes and assists to team mates.[215] Messi often undertakes individual dribbling runs towards goal, in particular during counterattacks ...
Pep Guardiola for Baryen Munich as from the next season. Can he make a name there what do you say. Mourinho is the only one who didi it
Pep Guardiola unveil as Bayern Munich new manager with a 3 Years deal Bayern Munich have announced that Pep Guardiola will become the club's new coach when Jupp Heynckes' contract expires this summer. Bayern revealed that Heynckes, 67, will stay on in his post until the end of this season before retiring, at which point the Former Barcelona coach will take over on a deal that runs until June 2016. The news comes 24 hours after Bayern's media director Markus Horwick described claims that the club had approached Guardiola to take over as "complete rubbish", and Guardiola himself said he hoped to manage in the Premier League, with Manchester City and Chelsea among those interested in hiring him. Bayern, though, revealed that the move had been in the pipeline since at least before Christmas, when Heynckes informed the club he would not be seeking a contract extension. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's chief executive, said: "We are delighted that we have managed to get Pep Guardiola whom several big clubs wante ...
A month before taking the managerial hot seat at Ajax a fresh-faced Frank de Boer travelled to Barcelona, still a youth team coach and part of the Dutch national team set-up as Bert van Marwijk's assistant, this wasn't a personal visit but one he'd hope would further shape his footballing vision. It did. De Boer was a guest of former teammate Pep Guardiola, after sharing old memories, it quickly transpired to the reason for his visit. Reminiscent of Guardiola's now famous meeting with Marcelo Bielsa, there was no barbeque, and it didn't last eleven hours. However there was the same passionate discussion of the game, every subject under the sun was touched upon from Barcelona's training methods, Dutch football theorem (and its future) to their unique style of play. Phillip Cocu since commented how that meeting changed De Boer. It proved to be enlightening, showcased by the contrast in football displayed at Ajax from De Boer's first few months in charge. There was also an underlying reason: Guardiola's conv ...
Pep Guardiola reaches agreement with Bayern Munich the same day Frank Rijkaard gets sacked by Saudi Arabia. in the news.
Guillem Balague is a key fixture in Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, appearing regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de La Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show, attracting some 1,5 million listeners. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. He also wrote the bestselling "A Season on the Brink", an insider's account of Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions' League winning campaign, updated later with the 2006 FA Cup victory. In November 2012 he published the first international biography of Pep Guardiola, based in conversation with him, his former players and Pep's closest friends. He has written or worked for The Observer, Talk Sport, BBC, Onda Cero radio, 442, World Soccer. Guillem has most recently interviewed the following personalities: Josè Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, ...
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Barcelona from Frank Rijkaard to Pep Guardiola to Tito Vilanova have been the best team.
More recently we have had Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Marco Van Basten, Luther Mathaus, to add to that list & the theory gets stronger (3
Leo Messi has won his fourth Ballon d’Or and it’s likely that this was not his last. And when Messi wins, Barça win too. From today, Barça are able to boast an all-time record of having won ten different editions of the awards. They are followed by AC Milan and Juventus, who have eight each. Messi’s reign in the football kingdom has also extended the Barça legend. Suárez first Galician Luis Suárez was the first FCB winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1960. The next was Johan Cruyff on two occasions (1973 and 1974) and in 1994 it was Hristo Stoichkov who added another. Five years later, in 1999, Rivaldo made it five and in 2005 Ronaldinho was yet another Barcelona player to be named the best in the world. Messi sets record Messi scored his first goals for Barça in 2004 against Albacete, and things have just got better and better ever since. First under Frank Rijkaard and then under Pep Guardiola, Leo Messi developed into one of the most extraordinary footballers to have ever graced the game, and was ...
Factbox on Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi who won the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year for an unprecedented fourth successive time on Monday. Born June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Sante Fe, Argentina. EARLY CAREER * Joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old in 2000 and shone in the youth ranks before then-coach Frank Rijkaard gave him his senior debut at the age of 16 in a friendly against Porto in 2003. * Led Argentina to the title at the 2005 World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, scoring two penalties in a 2-1 final victory over Nigeria. * Became a Spanish citizen in 2005. BARCELONA * A bureaucratic argument over whether he could be classed as a European Union player meant he did not represent Barcelona in a competitive game until 2005. He went on to score six goals in 17 appearances as the club won La Liga for the second year in a row. * In 2009, Messi played an influential role in Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side who won six trophies in the calendar year including the Champions League, La ...
People might go on about Pep Guardiola but it was Frank Rijkaard that got Barca machine rolling in Ronaldinho days...
I am Fed up with almost every football fan i know, worshipping Pep Guardiola. He is a Great Coach, no doubt, but he also had a great team build by Frank Rijkaard, that he Inherited.I hope Mourinho comes back to Chelsea at the end of the season,Guardiola still has to prove himself elsewhere after Barca. Brazil sacked Mano Menezes,wonder who the new manager will be?Scolari?
♠ My Favorite Quotes on Leo Messi ♠ “When you play against such a player (Messi), then you always want his shirt” [Michal Kadlec] “The best players are always in the thick of the action. (Michael) Jordan did it with the Bulls, (Kobe) Bryant does it with the Lakers and Leo does it here. We want him to stay with us because he’s the best and we wouldn’t swap him for anyone.” [Pep Guardiola] “Messi I think is like me, he is the best in the world along with Ronaldinho.” [Diego Maradona] “He’s a unique player and he deserves it, because he can do things of almost imperceptible excellence and is a gem to watch.” [Frank Rijkaard] “He deserves ten out of ten for doing what he does. He is a sensation, but still he can improve. He must know when to move the ball on quickly and when to try the impossible mission. When he learns this, he won’t win a single Golden Ball, but an entire collection.” [Johann Cruyff] “His speed is astonishing. It’s amazing how he can go 1 to 100 in just o ...
By wembley68:- On a mildly cold spring night in Manchester, Paul Scholes scored a rocket from 25 yards to put the final nail in the coffin of Frank Rijkaard's reign at the Nou Camp. What had been suspected for quite some time, looked inevitable now. A 4-year-long journey, which began in 2004, seemed...
I like see Pep Guardiola or Frank Rijkaard appoint new manager for Scotland International
sonal biography Xavi has spent all his footballing life at Barça, having joined the club in July 1991, when he was only 11 years old. He made rapid progress and in the 97-98 season was promoted from the youth team to Barça B, where he was the central playmaker in Jordi Gonzalvo's team which won promotion to the Second Division. Xavi's dream of making his official debut with the first team squad came true when he played in the Spanish Super Cup against Mallorca in the summer of 1998. He couldn’t have hoped for a better start, for not only was he in the starting line up, but he also scored. Xavi also played an important role in the league-winning season of 1998-99 with Van Gaal as manager, most notably with an important goal in the Nuevo Zorrilla, which turned round the team's fortunes. He was soon being hailed as the new Pep Guardiola as central organiser in the team, first as te replacement for his injured future manager, and later on a permanent basis following Guardiola’s departure to Italy. With ...
I'm linking Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard or Fatih Terim linked with Rovers job.
can Tito Vilanova be the perfect replacement for Pep Guardiola as Pep had been the right replacement for Frank Rijkaard to save and continue the dominance of the beautiful Tiki-taka style?
Yohann cruff, miguel munoz, Giovanni Trappatoni, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola. Who re they nd wat did they achieve?
Pondering on which of these two coaches made Barca FC d best f/club, Frank Rijkaard or Pep Guardiola?? Cc
Liverpool at first were linked with world class managers such as Frank Rijkaard, AVB and even Pep Guardiola, but they get Brendan Rodgers...
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Pep Guardiola is an overrated manager. He inherited a team and a style of play from Frank Rijkaard and just continued it!
My Dream Liverpool managers Pep Guardiola, Fabio Capello & Frank Rijkaard The word 'Dream' should be taking into account there.
Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola have also ruled themselves out the job.
- Quique Flores, Guss Hiddink, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola, Klopp are all top mgrs and welcome. Unsure about Martinez
all Barcelona coaches had style, Ruud Gullit wayehlaba, Frank Rijkaard wayeysusa iindaba, hayke Pep Guardiola needs no introduction! lets see if the next coach will carry on the legacy!
We initially preferred Mourinho over Guardiola, reveals Former Barcelona vice-president. The ex-right-hand man to Joan Laporta has admitted that the Catalan club had initially set their sights on the Portuguese trainer, but eventually opted for Pep Former Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano has revealed that the club initially preferred Jose Mourinho over Pep Guardiola when they were looking for a new coach in the summer of 2008. The Blaugrana had initially targeted the current Real Madrid boss as the replacement for Frank Rijkaard, but they eventually opted for Guardiola instead as they felt Mourinho's football philosophy was not suitable for Barcelona. "I can confirm that we initially preferred Mourinho over Pep," Soriano was quoted as saying in an interview with Eurosport. "Mourinho is a great coach who has enjoyed plenty of success. He had worked for Barcelona before, so he knew how we play. "However, you just have to look at the way Inter and Real Madrid play to see that he has a different philos ...
Ex-Barcelona chief Ferran Soriano has revealed the club initially preferred Jose Mourinho to replace Frank Rijkaard back in 2008, not Pep Guardiola.
Former Barcelona vice president Soriano reveals the club wanted to hire Jose Mourinho before they eventually gave Pep Guardiola the job
last year : " + Frank Rijkaard, Alfio Basile or José Pekerman? The best coach I’ve had and the best in the world is Pep Guardiola. +"
For all the 13 trophies and the countless hours of sumptuous football produced during his four years as Barcelona's head coach, nothing in Pep Guardiola's term of office became him like the leaving of it. Modest and dignified, his departure typified a man whose labours helped the club he loves to accumulate millions of admirers around the world. Johan Cruyff laid the foundations and Frank Rijkaard embellished the superstructure, but it was during Guardiola's time that the work reached fruition. Steeped in the club's history and traditions, the young Catalan, in his first senior coaching job, was able to distill the essence of the Barça style and to present it as a new philosophy of the game. He did so with a grace and an intelligence, and a refusal to seek personal attention, that shamed some of his rivals.
They have been the four most successful years in Barcelona's history. Since 5 June 2008 and Pep Guardiola's appointment, the Catalan side has enjoyed complete world domination. Three La Liga titles, two Champions League trophies, two Club World Championships, and a single Copa del Rey, all masterminded by a former B-team coach with zero first-team managerial experience. The former-Spanish international has won 13 of a possible 18 trophies available, a remarkable record. When Pep Guardiola took over from Frank Rijkaard he inherited a talented team, but one struggling to compete with Real Madrid. Their fierce rivals had finished 18 points clear of Rijkaard's men in 2007-08, successfully defending their La Liga title at a canter. Pep's appointment certainly raised a few eyebrows, he had only one season of experience with Barcelona B after all, but club president Joan Laporta recognised Pep personified Barca. Since joining La Masia as a 13-year-old, Guardiola has spent a total of 24 years at the club, as a pl ...
GUARDIOLA COACHING CAREER UNDER SCRUTINY Since being appointed as manager of Barcelona in 2008, Pep Guardiola has won 13 trophies: two Champions League crowns, three La Liga trophies, one Copa del Rey, three Supercopas, two Uefa Super Cups and two Fifa Club World Cups. Guardiola was only 37 years old when he won his first Champions League trophy in 2009, becoming the youngest manager to lift the trophy. Barcelona have gained a reputation as a free-flowing, attacking side under Guardiola. This season they have scored 170 goals in all competitions. Guardiola is also a Barcelona legend from his playing days. He won 17 medals during his career, including six La Liga titles and an Olympic gold with Spain. The Catalan has won 76.4% of his league games while in charge at the Nou Camp, compared to predecessor Frank Rijkaard's record of 58.9%. The former central midfielder took charge of 15 "El Clasicos" against rivals Real Madrid as Barcelona manager, winning nine of them. Barcelona have scored 363 points in 148 ...
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