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Josep Guardiola

Latest Club: Bayern Munich
Previous Squads:


2015/2016 German Bundesliga

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Previous clubs: Barcelona B, Barcelona

Honours: UEFA Champions League: 2009, 2011; German Bundesliga: 2014, 2015; Spanish Primera Division: 2009, 2010, 2011; DFB-Pokal: 2014; Copa del Rey: 2009, 2012; Spanish Supercopa: 2009, 2010, 2011; UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2013; Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2013; FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2011

With 14 trophies in his first four years of management, Pep Guardiola has become one of the most successful and best managers in the world and announced his decision to leave Bayern Munich and join Manchester City in the summer of 2016.

Guardiola's playing career was long-lived and successful, joining the youth academy of Barcelona aged 13 and retiring at the age of 30 as the captain of the club, having collected six La Liga titles. Making his debut for Spain at the young age of 21, he went on to captain the side within the space of a year, although was not able to help end the country's long trophy drought.

As a manager, however, trophies came regularly. Pep returned to his home club Barcelona and learned his trade with the B team in 2007 before taking over from Frank Rijkaard at the end of the 2007-08 season.

During his first year with the club, Guardiola led Barcelona to win the Treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League), making them the first Spanish side ever to achieve this, and achieved worldwide acclaim for his "tiki-taka" style of possession. He ended 2009 with an incredible six trophies -- including the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Two more league titles followed in the succeeding years, but as Real Madrid took the 2012 championship, Guardiola announced that he would be leaving the club to take a year's sabbatical due to tiredness.

He returned as Bayern Munich's new manager in 2013 and immediately started to pick up trophies again. First came the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup before he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles -- while breaking the longest-streak of unbeaten games in Germany -- and also landed a DFB Pokal too.

Guardiola announced that he would be leaving Bayern for a new challenge in the summer of 2016 and, on Feb. 1, 2016, it was revealed that he had signed a three-year contract with Manchester City to take charge for the 2016-17 season.

Strengths: Guardiola has shown that he's not afraid of change when it comes to tactics and player positions. His philosophy on dominating possession has resulted in success for Bayern and Barcelona and he is one of the most attacking coaches around.

Weaknesses: Focusing on attacks and bringing his central defenders forward, Guardiola leaves his team vulnerable to counter-attacks.

Tactics: Guardiola favours a fast, wide game and while he played 4-1-2-3 at Barcelona he can also take on a more unique 3-4-3 structure.

Quotes: "If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way" -- Pep Guardiola.

Trivia: Guardiola is the Barcelona player with the most yellow cards in the history of La Liga with 80.