Pep Guardiola & La Liga

Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. The Primera División (First Division) of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), commonly known outside Spain as La Liga (The League) or, for sponsorship reasons, Liga BBVA (BBVA League) since 2008, is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system. 5.0/5

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I remember when Pep Guardiola said Bundesliga and La Liga are more competitive than Premier League. .
"Did Pellegrini *** La Liga from Pep Guardiola or Frank Rikaard(sp)" Rijkaard. Last season I think
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 ...
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 ...
Nine of the last ten Barça coaches have made winning debuts in La Liga. The only one not to do so was Pep Guardiola (2008/09) [fcb]
Today's Football Titbits Manchester United have moved ahead of Chelsea as they attempt to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas because they will not be in next season's Champions League and are not viewed as direct rivals by the La Liga club. Diego Costa's £32m move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid will be the Premier League club's biggest deal of the summer and will also spark the exits of strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wants to sell midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the 29-year-old Germany international could be a target for Manchester United. And finally German striker Stefan Kiessling has taken his World Cup 2014 omission in good humour by featuring in an advert with the tag line, "It is always best at home.
The Italian coach has enjoyed a superb debut campaign in Spain, but will now be expected to build an era-defining team after Real Madrid claimed La Decima on Saturday COMMENT By Ben Hayward in Lisbon A season to remember. Carlo Ancelotti ends his debut campaign at Real Madrid with two trophies, the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League, vindicating the decision by president Florentino Perez to part company with Jose Mourinho last summer. But for the Italian coach, this must be just the start. Mourinho claimed the Copa in his first campaign in charge, but fell short in La Liga and in the Champions League. The Portuguese asked to be judged on his second season - and that brought a spectacular return in the Primera Division with 100 points to dethrone Barcelona after the Catalans had claimed three titles in a row in the previous years under Pep Guardiola. On the back of that success, Mourinho signed a new long-term contract in the summer of 2012. It was supposed to be the start of something special, an era-d ...
SCHWEINSTEIGER ON THE CHEAP It seems like the kind of dodgy offer you’d expect from a TV shopping channel, but Bayern Munich is reportedly willing to sell Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United for just $18m. Van Gaal worked with the Germany central midfielder during his time at the club, and with Pep Guardiola reportedly happy with the options he has at his disposal, would be willing to give the 29-year-old a chance to continue his career in England. Meanwhile, ExpressSport are reporting Barcelona’s interest in Red Devils’ playmaker Juan Mata, as they look to wrest the La Liga title back from Atletico Madrid.
Over the years the club made few mistakes in the transfer windows compared to the rivals, but u couldn't go wrong with this guy, A mentor dat kick-start the careers of great players like Overmars, Bergkamp, Seedorf, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Van Der Sar, Puyol & recently Muller, Alaba & Kroos Jose Mourinho was his former assistant, Pep Guardiola was his former player, He went trophies everywhere he goes, Eredivisie, La Liga, Bundesliga, Champions League, He has won them all, he's allergic to nonsense, he told the medias "Journalists think they know as much about football as I do, but they don't!" So Welcome Aboard Boss~!!
Exclusive: Chelsea Set to Unveil New £79m Trio Strike-Force The Blues boss is ready to offload Fernando Torres and Demba Ba whilst Cameroonian veteran Samuel Eto’o will not be offered a New Deal this summer, leaving plenty of room for a new look Chelsea attack. CaughtOffside understands that the west London club have already agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid to sign striker Diego Costa but any official announcement will be held back until after the Champions League final between the La Liga title holders and Real Madrid next weekend. Chelsea are also in advanced talks to sign Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic who has already seemingly played his last match for the Bundesliga side. Pep Guardiola opted to drop the Croatian international from his DFB Pokal final squad as they edged past Borussia Dortmund side to win the German cup and Mourinho is ready to meet the Allianz Arena side’s £25m price-tag. Mourinho will also look to bring in PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi with a £22m bid for the Argentin ...
WHO WINS LA LIGA? Believe me, I had routed for Athletico Madrid for more than half the season, willing them to finally break the duopoly called the Spanish League. I had stood behind Diego Simeone all the while, wishing the Argentine to announce the arrival of the fresh and younger managers that will rattle the modern day coaching arena dominated by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Roberto Martinez and others, who are threatening to force out the older guard in Arsene Wenger, Louis Van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and the likes. But I hadn’t counted with Barcelona not winning any other trophy. Now, I’m faced with the dilemma of seeing Athletico win deservedly and seeing Lionel Messi go trophyless in a World Cup season! Messi is just too big a player to go trophyless in any season. So, if I am given the opportunity, I’d give Barca the La Liga trophy, for Messi’s sake, then give the Champions League to Athletico, for Simeone’s sake. However, may the best side get their reward.
BOY TALK: Ladies, if you don't know who Pep Guardiola is, please get free time go shop with the girls. If you know him, please stay. Guys, Bundesliga is a weak league. Weaker than the Premiership, La Liga and soon the French Ligue 1.Bayern showed us yesterday. They beat a Moyes team and not a Giggs team. They laboured against Arsenal.just hype.
Jose Mourinho better watch out... Atletico Madrid really know how to park the bus They have already done it to Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan this season so it’s little wonder Atletico Madrid fans believe their team can pick up a 1-0 win on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge. If anyone can out-Chelsea Chelsea, then it’s the team with the meanest defence in both La Liga and the Champions LeagueDiego Simeone’s side have won 1-0 nine times this season, managing it at the San Siro and the Santiago Bernabeu. ‘We want to be annoying,’ says the Argentine coach. ‘We want to be a team that no-one can stand playing against.’ Sound familiar? No wonder when Simeone was asked to pick between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, when both coaches were plying their trade in La Liga alongside him, he plumped for Mourinho. Liverpool had that sinking feeling on Sunday when Demba Ba put Chelsea one up — there were still 45 minutes left but they knew the job in hand was bordering on impossible. In two o ...
Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has died aged 45 following a battle with cancer that forced him to stand down at the end of last season, the club announced on Friday He took over at the Nou Camp ahead of the 2012-13 season having been Pep Guardiola's assistant during the most successful period in Barca's history in which they won three out of four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in 2009 and 2011. Barcelona went on to make the best-ever start to a La Liga season with 18 wins from 19 games but, in December 2012, Vilanova was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. It meant his assistant Jordi Roura had to take charge of the team on those occasions when he was undergoing treatment. At the end of the season Vilanova announced he was resigning to concentrate on his recovery from the illness
Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has died of throat cancer at the age of 45. Vilanova led the Catalan club for a season after taking over from Pep Guardiola, but was forced to resign last summer because of ill health. Vilanova led Barca to their highest ever points total for a La Liga season during his single season in charge, their 100 points a joint record for the division with Real Madrid.
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this guy had a very short managerial career. he is not considered as one of the most glamorous coach the game ever had. he was not like Sir Alex Ferguson to coach a side for over two decades and made them win every trophy they could hope for. he was not a Jose Mourihno who was to be called the special one for his colorful activities both on and off field, he was not a Pep Guardiola whose one strategy changed the very base of the game but he took the charge of on of the mightiest european giants after a glittering performance of guardiola and he won the hearts of his footballers and millions of fans worldwide. a thing to be remembered is even after a top successful guardiola he was not considered as a mismatch for the hot seat by the fans like David Moyes was. he received one of the heartiest farewells when he left the charge what moyes can not even think about. moreover he gifted Fc Barcelona their 1st ever 100 points La Liga win. a true fighter against cancer and will be remembered for ever. RIP Tito V . ...
Former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has passed on today after losing a long-drawn battle with throat cancer. Vilanova was 45. Vilanova was Barcelona’s manager for the 2011-2012 season, succeeding Pep Guardiola and guiding the Catalan side to the La Liga trophy. He had resigned weeks prior to...
He was the pillar behind Barcelona's success. Did all the hard work under Pep Guardiola. Led us to winning the La Liga. Motivated the team to keep on fighting. Himself fought cancer. You'll always be remembered. Rest In Peace Sir Tito Vilanova
Tito Vilanova assistated Pep Guardiola in Barca's most succesful spell. He then took charge when Pep left. They made their best ever start in La Liga in the 2012/13 season winning the league 15 points in front of Real Madrid, despite having treatment for cancer which had come back for the second time. He left Barca at the end of that season. 45 is no age. Thoughts go to his family. Rest in peace Tito.
"Possesion doesn't win games", "Possesion doesn't win titles", "Possesion doesn't score goals".. As always, The minute a Pep Guardiola team loses people come out of their holes and say those type of things.. Let's look at the facts.. OK? Top of the EPL league: Liverpool, CFC, City, Arsenal, Everton, Spurs.. EPL possesion leaders: CFC, City, AFC, Spurs, Liverpool..(Everton 8th with over 50% possesion).. Top of La Liga: Atletico, Barca, Real, Athletic, Sevilla.. La Liga poss. leaders: Barca, Athletic, Real, Atletico is 7th, Sevilla 10th (Both just under 50%).. At the middle of this season.. An article about the top teams in Europe showed that ONLY Atletico Madrid (who were 2nd in La Liga at the time) had less than 50% possesion out of the top 20 teams in Europe.. Not enough? Real Madrid scored the most goals in Europe the past few years.. They were ranked 2nd or 3rd in posssesion average.. Barca who won 2 CL, 4 La Ligas and many other titles in the past 5 years led Europe in Possesion.. Bayern who were AMAZ ...
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in Champion League Final... If they both can make their way to the final would be awesome, like another version of el classico outside la liga...
Barcelona lost against Atletico Madrid after four draws , announced the loss of qualified Atletico Madrid for the first time before the Champions League final in 40 years , and stressed that the team leader of Madrid's La Liga has become a node for Barcelona . This node is not made for one reason only , and would have been solved with such a large number of matches , but it resulted from a combination of elements that have transformed the node to the puzzle for Tata Martino failed to reach its solution. The first reason is to organize the defense of Atletico Madrid , Valvriv fought each confrontations principles and clear ... its based on not to rush confrontations defensive one -to-one in front of the Barcelona players talented without that there will be support from another player and the only time they breached the team this principle has been punished the most serious chance led by Xavi and wasted Neymar , as there defense tri- lasting Barca players who are able to work crosses deadly was Xavi and Ini ...
If we don't beat Bayern, I want the final to be Chelsea-Bayern Münich... Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola. Like the old times in La Liga...
Shaka Hislop evaluates the best club teams in the world as he compiles his weekly Top 10 countdown! Here is his latest list -- how did your team fare? 2013-14 POWER RANKINGS: MARCH 27 RANK (PV) CLUB COMMENT Bayern Munich 1 (1) Bayern Munich So the inevitable has happened and Bayern are German champions again. While it may have appeared a procession, you cannot take away from the fact that Pep Guardiola's men have reached their target by dropping just FOUR points. Remarkable. Paris Saint-Germain 2 (3) Paris Saint-Germain Talking of cruises to league titles, PSG edged closer to their second straight French crown with a narrow win at Lorient last weekend which, coupled with Monaco dropping points, means they now lead Ligue 1 by 10 points with eight games left. Barcelona 3 (8) Barcelona Now then, we really do a have a title race in Spain -- with three teams! Barcelona are back in contention after winning a must-win Clasico and seeing off Celta Vigo. The one bit of bad news was the loss of Victor Valdes to a . ...
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 ...
Barcelona: Neymar deal has damaged brand of La Liga club They pride themselves on being "mas que un club" - more than a club. And in recent years Barcelona, inspired by the brilliant Lionel Messi, managed to achieve untouchable status on the pitch at the same time as remaining true to that motto. But things are changing at the Nou Camp. Not only has the team's form suffered since Pep Guardiola left at the end of 2012, there are now serious questions over the way this great club do business. When forward Neymar joined from the Brazilian team Santos last June, Barcelona said they paid a total of £48.6m. But one of their members, a pharmacist called Jordi Cases, asked the club whether this was really the final bill. When Barcelona refused to answer, he went to the Spanish courts who launched an investigation. From that point on the story really began to unravel. First the Spanish prosecutor said they would investigate the deal to see if the club had defrauded the treasury of unpaid tax. The club said they h ...
Another facts post for you guys. Don't miss it. Most probably the best post and informative post of the day. . Fact-1: Real Madrid is now unbeaten for 29 games (24 wins, 5 draws) in all competitions since October. Real Madrid have scored 85 goals, conceded 19 goals, and kept 18 clean sheets in the meantime. Fact-2: Real Madrid is on the top of the La Liga now (Real Madrid- 67 points, Atletico Madrid- 64 points, Barcelona- 63 points with 11 matches remaining each). Fact-3: After the El Clasico, Real Madrid were six point behind the then Liga leading team and their arch rival team Barcelona, and now Real Madrid are three points ahead of their city rival Atletico Madrid who are in the second place of the Liga, and four point ahead of their arch rival Barcelona. Fact-4: If Real Madrid manage to win all remaining 11 Liga games, they will have 100 points again and will become the only team to win 100 points twice. Fact-5: El Clasico is only 13 days to go. Fact-6: Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid has touched the ...
He’s won two Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles, two Copa Del Rey trophies and has taken charge of the Treble-winning Bayern Munich. Fitting, then, that Pep Guardiola is the best-paid football manager in the world, raking in £14.8million per year.
Gerard Pique and Gerardo Martino both played down the potentially explosive impact of another ‘Copa clasico’ final after Barcelona’s 1-1 semifinal second leg draw at Real Sociedad sent the Catalan side through 3-1 on aggregate to meet Real Madrid in this season’s Copa Del Rey decider. and Real Madrid last met in the Copa Del Rey final in 2011, when Los Blancos triumphed. ENDTomas: Clasico confirmed • Rigg: Clasico awaits Real • Train: Madrid stroll into final The “storm of clasicos” in 2011 saw the rivalry between the two reach a nadir. With Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola on the benches, Madrid won a scrappy Copa Del Rey final at the Mestalla through a Cristiano Ronaldo header, but Barca won La Liga and progressed to the Champions League final after two controversial semifinal games -- leading to Mourinho claiming a conspiracy reaching as far as UNICEF had denied his side. This year’s Copa final is set to return to Valencia, and to be played in April, on either Friday 18 or Saturday 19. ...
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If you take a moment to digest the many glittering highlights of Messi's career so far, this is actually a far more difficult question to answer than you think. The player himself has often said that he does not care for individual awards, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais (via Inside Spanish Football), but four consecutive Ballon D'Or's cannot simply be ignored. Scoring against every La Liga team consecutively is surely a record that will never be equalled and must go down as one of his best ever accomplishments. An unbelievable return of 91 goals in a calendar year is also likely to stand the test of time. Being a major part of Pep Guardiola's sextuple-winning side, a feat never before achieved in 150 years of football around the world. Becoming Barcelona's all-time record scorer, and about to become leading El Clasico scorer, leading Champions League scorer and all-time highest scorer in La Liga. None of these achievements are insignificant, and there are others. Perhaps it won't even be anything ...
Johan Cruyff -- Ajax and Barcelona it's probably fair to say he had slightly more impact than Frank Mcavennie -- not to diminish big Frank's achievements, of course. Cruyff's first spell with Ajax would be enough to make any list of the game's greats on its own -- he won six Eredivisie titles and three European Cups before leaving for Barcelona in 1973. He won the league in his first season there, obviously, but he made his greatest impact at Barca as their manager, which we'll come to in a minute. He returned to Ajax in 1981, casually winning another couple of league titles, before going back again after retirement to manage the club, when he "only" won the KNVB Beker a couple of times. However, in 1988 he took over as Barcelona coach, and the "Dream Team" was born, with Ronald Koeman, Hristo Stoichkov, Jose Mari Bakero, Romario and of course Pep Guardiola. His Barca won La Liga four times in a row from 1991 to 1994, but it was the 1992 European Cup, the title that had always eluded Barca despite all the ...
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 ...
TOWARDS World Cup 2014: Keshi To Adopt Spain’s Style -Reveals Encounter With Del Bosque As strong hint has emerged that the Super Eagles may adopt the tiki-taka playing style of Spain at next year’s World Cup, as Nigeria’s head coach, Stephen Keshi has admitted that the is an avowed fan of The Amada’s current handler, Vicente Del Bosque. The former Real Madrid of Spain gaffer has perfected the ‘passing-game’ approach to soccer tactics that was used to great success by La Liga rivals, ex-Fc Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola and by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal of England, and Keshi now appears ready to go the same way of Del Bosque heading into next year’s Mundial in Brazil. This much was revealed by the eagles’ handler himself, as The Big Boss has disclosed that he learnt invaluable lessons from Del Bosque and says his alliance with the experienced trainer has rubbed off positively on his development as a coach. The 62-year-old Spanish trainer has been in charge of the Spain squad since July 15, 2 ...
In 1988, Johan Cruyff returned to the club as manager and he assembled the so-called Dream Team. He used a mix of Spanish players like Pep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, and Txiki Begiristain while signing international stars such as Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário, and Hristo Stoichkov.[46] Under his guidance, Barcelona won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1991 to 1994. They beat Sampdoria in both the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley. They also won a Copa Del Rey in 1990, the European Super Cup in 1992, and three Supercopa de España. With 11 trophies, Cruyff became the club's most successful manager, until being overtaken by Guardiola in 2011.[47] He also became the club's longest consecutive serving manager, serving 8 years.[48] Cruyff's fortune changed in his final two seasons, when he failed to win any trophies and fell out with president Núñez, resulting in his departure.[43] Cruyff was briefly replaced by Bobby Robson, who took charge of the club ...
Barcelona v Real Madrid: Five of El Clasico's most memorable moments ahead of Saturday's monster clash There have been some unforgettable El Clásico moments spanning from the first game between Real Madrid and Barcelona in 1902 to the last game between the teams now over 7 months ago. Given the frequency of them over recent years, this has felt like an eternity. Here, in no particular order, are five memorable moments from the meetings in the modern era…. 5. The one with the “Calma, Calma…” It was the game with everything on the line. Pep Guardiola told his Barcelona players lose or draw and the La Liga title was heading to Real Madrid, carried in the hands of José Mourinho. With just 5 games remaining Barca had cut the gap down to four points, with only five games left. An early blow was Madrid taking the lead through Sami Khedira, and it wasn’t until with 20 minutes remaining that Barca finally found the breakthrough. Alexis Sánchez’s goal was futile however, for Madrid’s other giant Po ...
Football (soccer) : Who are the best European pro football teams in the world this season (2013/2014) Bayern Munich (Germany) The winners of the 2012/13 Uefa Champions League and German Bundesliga get the first mention. These Bavarian giants showcased their domination last season by having one of the best offensive and defensive records in Europe, last recording a loss in February against Arsenal. The new boss in town for this season is Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who looks to bring a more possession-style play to the German side. They have made some very high-profile signings in the summer, including attacking midfielders Mario Gotze from rivals Borussia Dortmund and Thiago Alcantara from Pep's former team. Fc Barcelona (Spain) Speaking of Barcelona, the Catalonian club looks to find more success in La Liga with the acquisition of Brazilian winger Neymar from Santos. He is touted as the "next big thing" in football, and with an already world-class side with Messi, Iniesta, Fabregas, and Xavi, ...
To many Chelsea fans, Jose Mourinho is a God who has taken the form of a mortal; to the rest of us, he is simply a well-dressed, slightly annoying and possibly even overrated manager. He surpassed all expectations at FC Porto, and during his first spell at Chelsea, before impressing with Inter Milan by joining the elite group of managers to have won the Champions League with two different clubs. Although he tasted success with Real Madrid, he only won La Liga once in three years, and failed to deliver the coveted tenth Champions League title that the Spanish club so desperately crave. Many will look on his time at the club back with indifference. Now, just a few weeks into his second tenure as Chelsea manager, things aren’t exactly going to plan either. He lost his first competitive game against old foe Pep Guardiola, before losing to Everton and Basel within a week; certainly not the start he or Chelsea fans would have hoped for. His blatant exclusion of fans’ favourite Juan Mata has raised a few eye ...
La Liga, starring Messi & Ronaldo, and the Bundesliga, featuring Pep Guardiola and Lewandowski, are in vogue but nothing can beat the .
In order to have a shot at taking down Bayern Munich or a fully fit Barcelona, or solidly outplaying a Dortmund, Manchester United, or Juventus asthey believe they should, Madrid must develop a better sense of identity and style of play. They must embrace the high pressing game, using their speed and physicality to out-hustle the opposing team. At every competition exit in the Mourinho era, and the several La Liga gamesthat ending up costing them titles,Los Blancos have looked disjointed, lacking ideas, and beenunable to finish when needed. In order to lift La Décima , Madrid must be able to impose their will on any opponent. Turning to Barcelona, it is evident that change is also needed. Messi was not fit against Bayern, but even with La Pulga at full force, the Blaugrana would have been hard pressed to match Bayern’s intensity and physicality. The teamclearly needs another attacking player to take the load off of Messi, preferably one comfortable out on the wing. Alexis Sánchez looks good against le ...
For the second straight year, Real Madrid and Barcelona arrived in the Champions League semi finals with illusions of an all Spanish Clásico final, only to find themselves disappointed. Real Madrid almost completed the unlikeliest of comebacks in the final minutes against Borussia Dortmund as the legendary Estadio Santiago Bernabéu was raging. Los Blancos will rue their early missed chances, coming up just short against a Dortmund side that was ultimately the betterteam for most of the two legged tie. Barcelona, on the other hand, were without a fully fit Lionel Messi and were absolutely steamrolled by Bayern Munich, who are the likely favorites to lift the big-eared trophy at Wembley on May 25th. Dortmund’s meteoric rise and Bayern’s emphatic victory are clear signs that the balance of power in Europe’s premier competition has shifted away from La Liga and towards the Bundesliga. Having led the pack ininfrastructure, attendance, and low ticket prices for quite some time, the German first division ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
World Football News Update 1. An impressive performance after the break from Real Madrid saw them romp to a 4-0 derby victory over Getafe in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu, with all four goals being scored in the second half. 2. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his ambition to break his side's nine year run without an FA Cup trophy. 3. Flamengo are keeping tabs on former Manchester United and Everton striker Louis Saha. The Brazilian club are expected to make an offer for the Frenchman in the coming days following his release from Sunderland. 4. Tottenham will make a third attempt to sign Lewis Holtby from Schalke before his summer move, but must pay €1.8m to buy the playmaker. 5. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has joked that Pep Guardiola has joined Bayern Munich to ensure the pair do not have to do battle. Mourinho said: "Has he deliberately chosen a league I am not involved in? I don't know. What is certain is that I will not manage in Germany." 6. New Southampton manager M ...
Incoming Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is keen to bring the best of Spain's young talent to Germany in the summer. Rather than spend big on established players, Guardiola has identified three La Liga youngsters he feels are destined for big things and should build their futures at Bayern. Malaga winger Isco, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Iker Muniain and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez are the three local kids Guardiola hopes to add to his new squad this summer.
Messi shortlisted for Ballon d'Or 29 November 2012 Updated 15:37 GMT Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Messi, 25, has scored 82 goals this calendar year - just three short of the record set by Gerd Mueller in 1972. Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Ronaldo also makes the list, along with Barcelona's Iniesta. Pep Guardiola, Vicente Del Bosque and Jose Mourinho are shortlisted for coach of the year. The winners will be announced on 7 January. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Britain's sole representative on the initial 23-man list, failed to make it through. His Old Trafford team-mate Robin van Persie also missed the cut, as did Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure. After 50 goals last season in La Liga - including breaking Barcelona's 60-year-old goalscoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada in March - Messi is expected to win Fifa's pla ...
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!
Barcelona have taken 55 points from a possible 57 at the half way point of La Liga. With an 18 point lead over Real Madrid and an 11 point lead over second placed Atletico Madrid. Is Tito Vilanova's side even better than the one under Pep Guardiola? Also do you think Jose Mourinho has a future at Real?
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, ...
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 ...
ARE ENGLISH TEAMS WEAKER TEAMS ? Balon D’Or a triumph for Spanish football, but is La Liga best in the world? The awards Gala for the Balon D’Or held in Zuruch on Monday night can be seen as a fiesta for Spanish football. Not only did the three finalists for the prestigious Balon D’Or, Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta all play in the Spanish BBVA Primera Liga, all play for either Fc Barcelona or Real Madrid, but the 11 players named in the ideal team of 2012 all play in Spain. Meanwhile Vicente Del Bosque, named the best coach of theyear, is the coach of the Spanish national team, while the other two nominees, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are the current Real Madrid and former Barca coach in turn.
Lets see what Pep Guardiola can do somewhere else before he is even considered to succeed Fergie. I'd win La Liga with that Barca side.
Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo & Iniesta Comments (656) Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running. Messi, 25, hit 91 goals during 2012 and beat club team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Ronaldo to the trophy. Despite his goals, the Catalan giants failed to win either the Spanish league title or Champions League last year. Abby Wambach won the women's award and Vicente Del Bosque the coach accolade, while the team of the year was made up only of players from Spain's La Liga. Messi was announced as the winner of the Ballon d'Or, the award given to the world's Best Player, during a ceremony held in Zurich on Monday. He was part of a three-man shortlist for the prize, which is voted for by journalists, and national coaches and captains, alongside midfielder Iniesta and forward Ronaldo. He becomes the first player to win four consecutive Ballons d'Or, breaking the record he jointly held with former France international, and cur ...
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 ...
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is said to have decided that he will manage in the Premier League next season.
Top 20 football special moments of the year: 20. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers, put into the 3rd division league and a top Spanish team, Villareal, getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by Bradford. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup, shocking the football world. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the Uefa Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue 1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row. 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football. 10. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Me ...
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Tito Vilanova is set to step down as Barcelona coach after suffering a relapse of a tumor he had removed last year. The 44-year-old had a tumor on his parotid gland removed last November when he was the club's assistant manager. He took over the top job after Pep Guardiola stepped down in April this year, signing a two-year contract. Barcelona are currently nine points clear at the top of La Liga and are reportedly in talks with a replacement for the rest of the season. They cancelled a scheduled press conference on Wednesday as the news broke. -FSK
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he is not trying to compete with former mentor Pep Guardiola, despite having set a new La Liga record.
Tito Vilanova, 8 -- With 37 out of a possible 39 points won so far, Pep Guardiola's successor has officially equalled La Liga's best-ever start. Credit must be given to a confident newcomer who has managed to keep this group of players hungry for victory, eager to improve and ready to compete for reaching even higher heights. Fielding the first ever La Masia eleven will also go down as one of the proudest moments in over 100 years of Blaugrana history.
Pep Guardiola for Man Utd next season? Oh no! Spare us the boring football u used to have at Barcelona, winning, winning everything always? Even losing is sometimes very interesting so that u always look forward to the next weekend to correct ur mistake, the EPL is never won till the last extra minutes in may while the La Liga is won on the first matchday, Pep u r not welcome at Man Utd!
Mikel Arteta says he left Barcelona early in his career because he was behind Pep Guardiola and Xavi in the club's pecking order. The Arsenal midfielder left the Nou Camp as a 17-year-old after receiving a call from Paris Saint-Germain. He spent two years in France, before enjoying a spell with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League and a return to Spain with Real Sociedad. Arteta told AS: "I was playing in Barcelona and Guardiola and Xavi were ahead of me; it was a complicated situation. By that time I was 17 and Luis Fernandez called me from PSG to sign me. The next day I was already flying to Paris." The 30-year-old moved to Everton in 2005 and fell in love with the English game, becoming one of the Premier League's most consistent performers over the next seven years. "Premier League and La Liga are different between them. Each one has its good and bad things. An unquestionable Premier League advantage is the great atmosphere you live in every single game, no matter who you are playing against." Meanw ...
Mourinho 'very happy' not to win best coach, says Karanka Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka has explained that Jose Mourinho is happy about not being voted best La Liga coach at the LFP awards. The Portuguese trainer won the Spanish Primera Division with his side last season but the boss' right-hand man - who was filling in for him at the press conference ahead of the match against Athletic Bilbao - said there is no disappointment in falling short to Barcelona's Pep Guardiola. “We spoke about it and Mourinho is very happy not to have won that award,” the 39-year-old told the attending reporters. Karanka then reflected on the 2-1 win over Levante last weekend which saw both teams battling it out on a waterlogged pitch. He continued: “We saw other characteristics of the players, in circumstances that did not favour us. But criticism or praise from outside should not influence us. The team is very well physically. “The progression of the team can be seen. We are continuing to progress thanks ...
Pep Guardiola didn't deserve La liga coach of the year and CR7 deserves Player of the Year for winning La Liga and scoring against every team
! Fc Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been elected as 2011-12 player of the season by the Liga De Futbol Professional (LFP), and he was also named the best attacker in La Liga, beating off the likes of Real Madrid duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The prize was based on votes made by fellow players and coaches. Iker Casillas of Real Madrid scooped the best goal keeper award, beating the likes of Victor Valdes (barcelona), and Roberto Jimenez (Real Zaragoza). Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos beats Javier Mascherano (barcelona), and Javi Martinez (ath.bilbao/b.munchen) for the best defender award. Holding midfielder award went to Xavi Alonso (madrid), beats off the likes of Sergio Busquets (barcelona), and Benat (Real Betis). Andrea Iniesta (barcelona) pipped Santi Carzola (malaga/arsenal), and Mesut Ozil (madrid) to win the best attacking midfielder award. Pep Guardiola won coach of the year, Isco (malaga) won talent of the year, while Carles Puyol received the Fair Play award.IRE O.
This is Real Madrid during the 2011/2012 season: 1- Real Madrid are the first team to achieve 100 points out of all the european major leagues, breaking Barcelona's record of 99. 2- The most wins in a league season with 32 out of 38, breaking Barcelona's record of 31. 3- Most goals away from home with 51 goals, breaking Barcelon's record of 49. 4- Most wins away from home 16, breaking Barcelona's record of 14. 5- Most goals in a single La Liga season 121. 6- Cristiano is the only player to ever score against all la liga teams in one season (19 teams) 7- Cristiano has scored 23 goals away from home. Another historical record. 8- The trident Cristiano Benzema and Higuan have scored 118 goals in all competitions beating Barcelona's record of 100 goals (Henry, Messi, Eto'o) Despite this record breaking season, the LFP decides that Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi are all better than Jose Mourinho, Mesut Ozil, and Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore, NASA send 'ME' to Ma ...
How did Pep Guardiola do to deserve to win la liga coach of the season? Ahead of Mou, He finished 2nd & won Copa cup Mou won La Liga!
Lionel Messi has been chosen by La Liga players and coaches as the Best Player of the Spanish league last season. - Congrats Leo! Other award winners are as follows: Best Player: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Best Coach: Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) Best Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (R. Madrid) Best Defense: Sergio Ramos (R. Madrid) Best midfielder Xabi Alonso (R. Madrid) Best midfielder of attack: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Best Forward: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Fair Play: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Revelation Francisco Alarcon Isco (Málaga) Congrats to all the Barca players in the list!
Barca Duo, La Pulga Atomica & Pep Guardiola both VOTED by PLAYERS & COACHES of La Liga as Coach & Player of the year(2011/2012 Season) Respectively.Any Atlhete would tell, NOTHING beats the JØY of being chosen by your PEERS as the best
• Pep Guardiola • Lionel Messi - The best in the Spanish( La Liga ) and no consolation for the rest of `
Just In: Pep Guardiola chosen La Liga coach of the year. 11/12! -AK.
More pressure has been heaped on Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as Pep Guardiola has said he will listen to any offers for his next job. The Former Barcelona manager is spending a year out of the game after leaving the club last summer, having been beaten to the La Liga title by Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. But now the 41-year-old coach is ready to consider approaches from clubs – in particular from the Premier League champions - but will not manage again until next season.
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Report: Guardiola Favors Chelsea Former Barcelona FC coach Pep Guardiola, who is currently on sabbatical with his family in New York City, “has made it known to his close circle of advisors that Chelsea is his preferred choice” when he decides to return to coaching, the Daily Mail reports. Apparently, the 41-year-old is attracted to the types of players that Chelsea is signing, namely, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. Under Guardiola, Barcelona had an astonishing 72 percent winning record in La Liga. He is widely credited with taking Frank Rijkaard’s 2006 Uefa Champions League-winning team to another level, which culminated in the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United at Wembley in 2011. Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta all rose to prominence during Guardiola's reign.
in exact words Presuming soccer and not American football is meant, the answer is Messi. The critical acclaim and global fan opinion would herald Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi just ahead of such names as Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and several of the Spanish national squad who also play with Messi at Barcelona. Xavi and Andres Iniesta, the latter of whom scored the World Cup-winning goal for Spain last year, form a creative partnership in the Barcelona midfield which encourages a free-flowing passing game, playing on the dynamism created by Dutch footballers in the 1970s and taught to coach Pep Guardiola by John Cruyff in the 1990s when the latter was manager. The pair play behind Messi who is able to keep the ball on his feet and ride the roughest challenge. As well as scoring over fifty goals in domestic competition this year, which helped his club secure the La Liga and Champions' League double (and they lost the Spanish Cup to Real Madrid in extra time), ...
Vilanova: Messi has no limits Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova chose to focus on the brilliance of Lionel Messi after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo started and finished the scoring at the Nou Camp, with Messi also at the double - his second strike a stunning free-kick - to ensure honours ended even. "We do not know his limits," Vilanova said of the Argentina forward. "You should see how he trains every day - that urge he has to keep getting better. "I think we will never see another player like this. He is the best in the world by far." Vilanova added that Ronaldo would be "more recognised" if his career had not coincided with Messi's. As always between the arch rivals, tensions frequently looked in danger of boiling over. Visiting defender Pepe accused Andres Iniesta of "doing theatre" in a bid to win a second-half penalty and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - who infamously poked a finger into the eye of Vilanova on the touchline last season when he was Pep Guardiola's ...
Did you know Only five managers have managed to lead their teams to victory in their first six La Liga games: James Bellamy, in 1929/30, Johan Cruyff in 1990/91, Luis Van Gaal in 1997/98, Pep Guardiola in 2009/10 and Tito Vilanova this season . Up barca
Na wao for this Barca team o!. How am I sure Tito Valinova is not a bigger challenge than Pep Guardiola for Mourinho? 6 wins out out 6! The special one has an uphill task to retain the La Liga title. The demolition f Servile is Omnious!
Fabregas joined Barcelona from Arsenal last summer but did not lift the Spanish title during his first season at Camp Nou, as Pep Guardiola's side finished runners-up to Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid. The 25-year-old has now admitted he was shocked at the quality of football in La Liga and believes the competition is more difficult than the English Premier League. "When I returned to Spain (from Arsenal) I was taken aback by the fact that La Liga is harder to win than the Premier League," he said. "In England it's easier to win the league, because even if you lose five or six games you still have a good chance. "Spanish teams are better prepared tactically. It is more difficult to score and assist here as there is less freedom and more pressing. England is more fun because it is less defensive." Barca are currently top of La Liga after winning all five of their matches at the start of the new season.
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 ...
What more can you say about this Barcelona side? European champions, La Liga champions and Copa Del Rey winners, all in the first season under the charge o...
Messi is a Magician while Cristiano Ronaldo is a General, says FIFA President Sepp Blatter The Swiss official has voiced his admiration for the Barcelona and Real Madrid attackers, while stating the presence of high-profile coaches benefits the game. Fifa president Sepp Blatter has taken the time to praise La Liga stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, referring to the duo as living legends. The 76-year-old feels the two are quite different on the pitch, but has nothing but positive words for both the Barcelona star and the Real Madrid attacker. "Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Both! They are different but both fantastic for football," Blatter was quoted as saying by Marca. "Cristiano wants to be the general on the pitch, lay down the law and scream here I stand. Messi, on the other hand, is like a conjurer, a magician. They are both living legends of football." The Fifa boss then went on to stress that outspoken coaches like Jose Mourinho, Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola are good for the im ...
Bill Shankly started his tenure with a 4-0 defeat, and Pep Guardiola lost his first La Liga game in charge of...
Messi and Ronaldo back as La Liga begins The Spanish league season kicks-off this weekend with Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisting it is not just a battle between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo. "With Cristiano I have absolutely no problem. All that is said about us is to do with the press who want us to have our own personal battle but I have never competed with him or fought him," said the 25 year-old current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or. "I just try to do my job in the best way possible to win trophies for my national team and Barcelona", he continued after scoring in Argentina's 3-1 win over Germany on Wednesday night. The two players were neck-and-neck in the goalscoring charts last season, with the Argentinian hitting 50 in the league compared to Ronaldo's 46, with an incredible 73 in all competitions for Messi and 60 for the Madrid star. Madrid finished the season nine points clear of a Barca side that still managed to lift 4 titles in what was to be Pep Guardiola's last season of a hugely succe ...
Barcelona have offered duo Jonathan Dos Santos and Andreu Fontás to Ajax as the La Liga side begin life after Pep Guardiola
Goal.com 50 No.1 = Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward won his first La Liga title as Jose Mourinho's side swept aside Pep Guardiola's Barcelona. He was so close to inspiring Portugal to a semi-final win over Spain at Euro 2012 too!! Does Ronaldo deserve his No.1 spot in our list?? Or is there a more worthy winner??
Zac Lee Rigg: Can Mourinho build a dynasty on Barcelona's grave? Barcelona was heroically and ferociously toppled in the league last year, but can Mourinho and Real Madrid sustain success, let alone hold Barca at bay? LOS ANGELES -- The manager Pep Guardiola most admires is Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot has overseen a quarter century of unprecedented success at Manchester United. In year-end pictures, the trophies remain as glitzy, with only whitening hair and a perpetually purpling nose marking the progress of time. Guardiola craved a similar legacy – Americans would call it a dynasty – at Barcelona. One would argue that coaching the greatest team in history should suffice, but Guardiola left after 14 trophies and four years in charge – his back barely holding his torso up straight and his hair prematurely gray. He called the title run-in of the last La Liga he won "barbaric." Don't Miss Last season, for the first time in four years, Real Madrid won the league. "The last few years people were saying ...
92% – This figure was Xavi Hernández’s passing accuracy over all La Liga games under legendary manager Pep Guardiola. That’s an average over 152 games in which Xavi attempts 100 plus passes per game. To put it into context, the competition average was 76.3% (which I admit was higher than I’d have guessed). Source : OptaSports
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Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola predicts his side will bounce back after Real Madrid won La Liga. Barca will be coached by Tito Vilanova as Guardiola prepares to hand over the reins, but the outgoing coach says Madrid will find it very difficult to m...
Messi's hatrick in the last game of La Liga 2011-12 which was Pep Guardiola's last La Liga match :)
Life after Pep Guardiola has officially has begun at Barcelona after his replacement, Tito Vilanova, put pen to paper on his two-year contract with the La Liga club.
Barcelona's Martin Montoya has thanked former boss Pep Guardiola for promoting him to the first-team and helping him improve.
Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sporting de Gijon at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 14, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.
Congrats to Pep Guardiola on leading Barca to the Copa Del Rey title in his final match as manager. What a fantastic run that resulted in 3 La Liga titles, 2 Copa Del Rey titles, 3 Spanish Super Cup titles, 2 Uefa Champions League titles, 2 Uefa Super Cup titles, 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles, and numerous Manager of the Year awards...all accomplished in only 4 years! It will be interesting to see what is the next stop for the young talented skipper.
Pep Guardiola's greatest achievement is not winning 2 CLs or multiple La Liga's. It's teaching Javier Mascherano how pass the ball properly!
Liga - Mourinho signs new Real deal Jose Mourinho has agreed a two-year contract extension with Real Madrid which ties him to the club until 2016, the Spanish champions said. "I've loved the professional experience I've had of working for different clubs in different countries and cultures," the Portuguese said. "It's different for me now because I'm thinking about a club long-term. (Real) has been more demanding and has forced me to do my absolute best due to the difficulties I have had to face. "I've had to improve as a coach and a professional. I think it is the perfect challenge for the next four years. I need these great challenges at this time in my career." Mourinho, the self-styled 'Special One', joined Real from Internazionale in 2010 on a four-year deal and led them to victory in the King's Cup final in his first season, the club's first cup triumph in 18 years. They won their first La Liga title for four years this month, smashing league records along the way and ending Barcelona's domestic dom ...
Jose Mourinho congratulates Pep Guardiola on finishing second. By Brooks Peck Pepington. Hello. First, I would like to congratulate you on beating Malaga. That must have been an enjoyable experience. Until I stepped on your happiness and did Macarena on it by winning La Liga right afterwards. Now my players -- the Best Players -- toss me towards the heavens while I shout for joy like this: "Ah Peppleberries." Note how Ramos does not drop me. This is because I am more special than Copa Del Rey trophy. Which you can have because I do not need it anymore. It is beneath me now. Which is why it is perfect for you. I laugh now. Let's review chronology of events, Pepaulettes. First, I beat you. Then, my Chelsea beats you. Then, you decide to quit football. Then, I win La Liga. And soon, I will win Champions League again. It looks to me like you could not handle being the wilted lettuce that everyone pulls out of a delicious Mourinho sandwich and throws away so you decide to throw yourself away instead. This anal ...
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.
Pep Guardiola said goodbye to La Liga with a 2-2 draw at Real Betis in his last game on the Barcelona bench.
Thanks for the memories: Record-breaking Real rack up 100 points, but Villarreal sink without trace Jose Mourinho's men broke yet another record on Sunday as they reached three figures in the Primera Division with a 4-1 win over Mallorca, but there was a big shock at El Madrigal. Not everyone was celebrating. There was a fond farewell for Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola in La Liga's last weekend of 2011-12, more remarkable records for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, a party at the Bernabeu and scenes of jubilation as Granada, Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano sealed survival against all odds. But there was also sadness. Racing Santander had long been doomed to the drop and Sporting Gijon were widely expected to follow them. Not Villarreal, though, surely? The Yellow Submarine had seemed unsinkable. Then again, that's just how they described the Titanic - and we all know how that one ended. One hundred years after history's most famous vessel went down, so too did Villarreal. Meanwhile, Madrid hit four more goal ...
Seydou Keita scored a stoppage-time equaliser as 10-man Barcelona drew 2-2 at Real Betis to wrap up Pep Guardiola's last La Liga campaign as coach of the club on Saturday.
Today Real Madrid (the Royal Club) celebrated La Liga while scoring a record of 100 Pts! :)..aywa b2a ya Real :D..We're the Champions :D:D I'd also like to THANK Pep Guardiola, for giving us such wonderful football..a respectable and talented person like you will be really missed!
Today Pep Guardiola will coach his last La Liga game for Barcelona fcblive
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"La Liga existed before I came and it will continue to exist without me," - Guardiola
Barcelona's Pep Guardiola philosophical as he leaves La Liga via
Pep philosophical about Barca exit: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola bowed out of La Liga by insisting: life goes on.
Barcelona needed a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a draw in Pep Guardiola's final La Liga match as coach -
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
Barcelona vs Real Betis.to night 2.00 am. This is the last mach of Pep Guardiola of La Liga as a coach of FCB. So every fan of FCB should watch this mach if possible.best of luck " Pep".
tell Ūя̲̅ kids d great feats of d gum-chewing Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, add that to d exploits of Pep Guardiola wit Barca n d Special One Jose Mourinho's success in Portugal, England, Italy n Spain... Either with pain or joy you'll explain d maybe-temporary end of d Barca era in d La Liga n UCL n arguably d most unforgettable Chelsea season whether or not they win.
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
2 Big managers Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery are going to leave their teams in La Liga at the end of the Season :(
kudos to Messi.. 50 goals in La Liga n 72 in the season.. Indid this little big man is special.. The artists of barca may have lost the title but they have retained the hearts of millions.. Messi's brace was a fitting tribute to pep guardiola..
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.
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...
Jose Mourinho rewarded for patient approach at Real Madrid.It's the seventh, but it's been the most difficult." If there was a certain inevitability about Real Madrid finally clinching La Liga at Athletic Bilbao last night, Jose Mourinho acknowledged what an enormous effort it has taken.This win is Mourinho's seventh league championship title in 10 seasons, spread across four countries. Only three coaches have pulled the four-country trick before; Ernst Happel, Giovanni Trappattoni and Tomislav Ivic (who won in five different nations). Yet one of Mourinho's most curious characteristics is his capacity for occasional disarming humility. Despite his regular success, few will need reminding how hard he has had to work for this one, in the shadow of Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona. Mourinho's assistant Aitor Karanka, the camp's spokesman in recent weeks as the boss refused to address the media, summed up the team's progress. "We managed to win the cup last year, which gave us a lot of hope and brough ...
Jose Mourinho's MISSION ACCOMPLISHED as Real Madrid SEAL TITLE • Victory over Athletic Bilbao secures La Liga title • Goals from Higuaín, Ozil and Ronaldo complete win by Sid Lowe 1 day ago Share Real Madrid won their 32nd league title, José Mourinho's seventh in four different countries, returning the trophy to the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time in four years. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but goals from Gonzalo Higuaín, Mesut Ozil and Ronaldo secured a 3-0 win against the Europa League finalists Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés and wrapped up the title with two matches to spare. The Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, had conceded the league title after Real Madrid's 2-1 victory in the clásico 11 days ago but the current holders obliged their rivals to wait a little longer. Barcelona's 7-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano prevented Madrid from celebrating success on Sunday night and Wednesday evening's 4-0 win against Málaga required Real to defeat Athletic. They did not wait long. Real steamroll ...
So is Pep Guardiola out of Camp Nou now tha Real took the La Liga???
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Jose Mourinho on Wednesday succeeded in bringing the La Liga title to Real Madrid in his second season, just two days after bitter rival Pep Guardiola decided to walk away from deposed champions Barcelona.
Barcelona hoping to raise €100 million for summer spending spree - report The Blaugrana have lost their grip on their European and Spanish titles this season but are now planning to splash the cash during the upcoming transfer window According to Sport, the Blaugrana will receive only €30m of the usual €50m set aside in their annual budget for strengthening the squad. However, the paper claims that club officials are confident of generating an additional €30m from player sales. Right-back Dani Alves has already been linked with a big-money move to wealthy Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and it is believed that the club are willing to cash in on the player. Barca are also believed to be looking to offload midfielder Seydou Keita this summer. Then there are the contractual savings. Barca's failure to win the Champions League and potentially La Liga this season will save the club a fortune in bonus payments. In addition, the imminent departure of Pep Guardiola as coach will also significantly reduce ...
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has refused to discuss whether Real Madrid are better than rivals Barcelona, but admitted that Jose Mourinho's men have been the best team in La Liga this season and will be worthy champions. The Argentine has a close relationship with Pep Guardiola and is a huge admirer of the Catalans' football philosophy.Bielsa conceded, though, that Barcelona have come off second best to Madrid in Spain this season, as Los Blancos are poised to clinch the title with a vic
Sergio b usquest insists that Pep Guardiola's men will continue fighting right until the end for the league title, but admitted that their focus, as far as La Liga is concerned, is ensuring that their star Argentine forward finishes the
La Liga expert David Cartlidge explains why Barcelona have chosen the right man to succeed Pep Guardiola
Why Barcelona Lost El Clasico Things happen for a reason. In this case, there are many factors that influenced the result. If we focus on the match itself, Barcelona were too slow upfront, often abusing horizontal passes. If Guardiola chose a 3-4-3 formation so we could have superiority in midfield, he should have fielded Cesc instead of young Thiago - The Fab4 is, at this moment in time, more experienced and capable of challenging rival defences coming from the second line. I have read how some Culés are rubbishing Cristian Tello for his performance. While he obviously missed a couple of chances, Barcelona have become part of World Football's elite by trusting our La Masia youngsters. Pep Guardiola chose Tello, who had hardly started any professional matches previously, in the match that decided La Liga. I can see how our manager wanted to add extra pace to our wings and make Real Madrid's Coentrao suffer, but it simply didn't work out. Looking back, fielding Thiago and Tello was the wrong decision. In ...
Another big win (7-0) for Barça against Rayo Vallecano, with two goals from Leo Messi! He's just 2 goals behind from all-time-highest-goal-record in a single season (Muller- 67 goals). But I'm not happy enough as they are neither going to win Champions League nor La Liga trophy this season. And, the most successful coach in the history of Fc Barcelona, Pep Guardiola left the club.
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...
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 ...
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Sad to see Pep Guardiola depart Barcelona. Unfinished Business given Real Madrid will take the La Liga title off them
Jose Mourinho without Pep Guardiola would be like Megamind without Metro Man... La Liga would be like Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen... Say it isn't so, Pep:-)
Poor Cesc Fàbregas. Went to Barça to win La Liga and CL and work under idol Pep Guardiola. It's all fallen apart since.
Nervous about Guardiola renewal, its not the right state to leave the team, Pep is handing the next La Liga to Madrid
Whenever Barcelona face Real Madrid at the El Clasico, the world of football stops and watches. Every little move, every single detail is noticed, then analyzed for weeks to come. Let's start by putting the truth out there: The best team won. Barcelona Deserved To Lose El Clasico Yes, you read that right and yes, you heard it from me. It pains my heart to say it, but Real Madrid werebetter than Barcelona on the night the La Liga title was decided. Jose Mourinho must have cried with happiness when he saw Pep Guardiola's lineup: No Pique, no Alexis, no Cesc. Far too much advantage when you are also missing David Villa and Eric Abidal due to injuries.
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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has congratulated Real Madrid on the La liga title after the catalan side's 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou
Pep Guardiola's week from *** was compounded when Real Madrid won a crucial La Liga match at the Nou Camp just three days after Barcelona lost to Chelsea in the Champions League.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola admits that defeat in tomorrow’s El Clasico against Real Madrid would give Madrid the La Liga title.
Penalty decision was debatable, admits Guardiola after Barcelona's win over Levante !!! Pep Guardiola has remained coy on the decision to award Barcelona a penalty during the champions' 2-1 victory over Levante in La Liga on Saturday. The contest was hanging in the balance at 1-1 before hosts' defender Pedro Botelho was adjudged to have brought down Isaac Cuenca in the box, allowing Lionel Messi to score a controversial winner with 15 minutes left. Guardiola commented: "It was so-so. Regardless, we scored a great goal for the first and we earned a great result ahead of our trips to Londonand then Madrid." The former midfielder then analysed the match at the Ciudad de Valencia, and admitted that his players did not play with their usual rhythm or fluidity, but did single out a few of his troops for praise. "We have not played with the ball as well as we normally do," he continued. "We did not have many clear chances but we still took enough. It was not easy to beat them." "They are very good when you give ...
April 21 was supposed to be the day Real Madrid ended Barcelona's reign of supremacy in Spain; rubbing salt into the wounds of Pep Guardiola's men by lifting the La Liga title at the Nou Camp. Yet it could now be the day on which Barca reclaim the momentum in the pursuit of the league crown, as the season edges towards a potentially thrilling climax.
Roberto Soldado and Valencia have punched above their weight in La Liga despite the club's financial hardships, yet their fans have turned on them, writes Graham Hunter.
Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola is only focusing on one La Liga match at a time, starting with Getafe on Tuesday. Barca have closed the gap between themse...
"I maintain that it is almost impossible for us to win La Liga." Pep Guardiola, Barcelona coach
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola concedes his side are tired heading into their La Liga trip to Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
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