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14 titles won and a 70% win rate are just a few of Pep Guardiola’s stats since his took charge of FC Barcelona’s first team
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 LEAGUE
- Titles: 2008/09 and 2010/11
- Matches: 52
- Victories: 31
- Draws: 15
- Defeats: 6
PEP GUARDIOLA: Other competitions (European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup)
- Spanish Super Cup Titles: 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12
- European Super Cup Titles: 2009/10 and 2011/12
- Club World Cup Titles: 2009/10 and 2011/12
- Matches: 12
- Victories: 10
- Draws: 1
- Defeats: 1
Honours as manager
- 2011 FIFA Best Manager of the Year
- Best manager in 2009 and 2011 according to the IFFHS
- ONZE d’Or as best European manger in 2009 and 2011
- Best LFP manager in 2009 and 2011
- World's best manager according to World Soccer in 2009 and 2011
- Royal Order of Athletic Merit 2010
- Gold medal from the Parlament de Catalunya
- 2009 Catalan of the year
- Santpedor's favourite son in 2009
Of the 200 games that Pep Guardiola has overseen as Barcelona manager, we pick out twelve that have been particularly important
It is not easy to choose just eleven classic games under Pep Guardiola, because there have been so many. It means that we have had to leave out some truly memorable matches, such as the 4-0 battering of Bayern (08/09), both the European Supercups (09/10 and 11/12) and even the 2-0 win away to Madrid in the semi finals of the Champions league of 10/11. But here are our eleven highlights from the first 200 games of the Guardiola era:
1. FCB v WISLA KRAKOW (4-0) 13/8/08 Champions League
The first official game under Pep Guardiola was a convincing win in the qualifying stages of the Champions League with goals from Eto'o (2), Xavi and Henry. The return leg was a mere formality.
2. R. MADRID v FCB (2-6) 2/5/09 League
The game against the arch rivals came after Madrid had managed to narrow Barça's commanding lead down to just four points. But Barcelona's response was their biggest ever win at the Bernabéu with goals from Henry (2), Puyol, Messi (2) and Piqué.
3. CHELSEA v FCB (1-1) 6-5-09 Champions League
This Champions League semi final return leg came after a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou, leaving Barça with a huge task at Stamford Bridge. The Blues even went ahead with a delightful goal from Essien in the first half, and FCB were left with ten men after Abidal was sent off. But in the dying seconds, with Barcelona desperately pushing forward, the ball landed at the feet of Iniesta who scored the goal that put his team in the final. The pictures of Guardiola celebrating the goals were seen around the world.
4. FCB v ATHLETIC CLUB (4-1) 17-5-09 Copa del Rey Final
The Catalans qualified for the final of the Spanish Cup for the first time in eleven years and were up against the other team with the most titles, Athletic Bilbao, who were back for the first time in 25 years. The atmosphere at Mestalla was amazing, and the Basques went ahead early on, but Barça replied with goals from Touré Yaya, Messi, Bojan and Xavi to win the cup for the 25th time, and also collect the first trophy under Pep Guardiola.
5. FCB v MANCHESTER UTD (2-0) 27-05-09 Champions League Final
Having won the Cup and League, Barça then went to Rome in search of their first ever treble, where they were to meet the defending champions, Manchester United. The Red Devils looked strong until Eto'o found the net after 10 minutes. From then on, Barça absolutely dominated the Premiership side and a Messi goal in the 70th minute made certain of the club's third European crown.
6. FCB v ESTUDIANTES LA PLATA (2-1) 19-12-09 Clubs World Cup Final
In 2009, Barça had already won the Cup, League, Champions League and both Supercups, and were now after the Clubs World Cup for the first ever time and to complete an unprecedented six titles in one calendar year. Abu Dhabi was the venue, and after beating Mexican outfit Atlante in the semi finals, they met Argentine side Estudiantes in a tough final. The South Americans went ahead but Pedro then scored to take the game into extra time, where Messi scored a goal with his chest to settle the match. So historic was the occasion, that Pep Guardiola couldn't fight back the tears when it was all over.
7. FCB v VALLADOLID (4-0) 16/5/10 League
The league title was Barcelona's to lose, and they made sure they didn't with goals from Messi (2), Pedro and an own goal to complete a record breaking season in which they collected 99 points.
8. FCB v R. MADRID (5-0) 29/11/10 League
Guardiola was also on the bench for a historic 5-0 win over Mourinho's Real Madrid, who came to the Camp Nou as leaders, but were totally outclassed by the brilliant Catalans. Xavi, Pedro, Villa (2) and Jeffren found the net, 16 years after the Dream Team had beaten the same team by the same score with Pep Guardiola on the field.
9. LEVANTE v FCB (1-1) 11/5/11 League
Barça only needed a point to make sure of the league title with three games to go and managed to do it with a goal from Keita, which was all the more emotional after a series of vicious comments against the club coming from Madrid and the shock of Abidal's illness.
10. FCB v MANCHESTER UTD (3-1) 28/5/11 Champions League
Yet another stunning display from FCB. The club returned to Wembley 19 years after winning the European title for the first time there, now to face Manchester United once again and after the historic elimination of Madrid in the semi finals. Goals from Pedro, Messi and Villa settled the win and the trophy was collected by Éric Abidal, following an unforgettable gesture by his captain Puyol.
11. FCB v R. MADRID (3-2) 17/8/11 Spanish Supercup
This season started with back-to-back games with Madrid. After drawing 2-2 at the Bernabéu, the Supercup was decided at the Camp Nou. It was as intense a clásico as ever and was decided by a peach of a goal from Messi in the final minutes. It was a huge dosage of morale for a team that soon after added the European Supercup, the 12th out of 15 for Guardiola.
In his 200 games in charge at the club, Guardiola has always been consistent in his different comments.
Here is a selection of quotes by Josep Guardiola since he became first team manager. They reveal a lot about his way of doing things, his style and his understanding of the sport.
"I can't promise titles but I am convinced that the fans will be proud of us".
(17-06-08. Press conference on being presented as the new manager of FC Barcelona)
"I give you my word that we will put in an effort. I don't know if we'll win, but we'll persist. Put on your seat belts, because we're going to have fun".
(16-08-08. Presentation at the Camp Nou of Barça 2008/09 to the fans)
"I am very happy. It's one of the happiest days of my life. To come here and play a great game like we did is not easy. I'm excited to know that we have made so many people happy tonight. It's an immense joy".
(2-05-09. The 6-2 win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu)
"There is no doubt that we won't let you down on Wednesday". (May 27 was the day of the Champions League Final in Rome).
(23-05-09. Celebration in Camp Nou of Liga and Copa del Rey double)
"After what we have seen in the streets of Barcelona, you can't imagine how beautiful the stadium is. I want to say three things: one, that if we have ever been made to look ridiculous that you forgive us because of what we have done this season; two, thank you to my collaborators; and three, I ask you to applaud the players. And if you'll allow me, 'we've got it here!'".
(28-05-09. Celebration the treble with the fans at the Camp Nou)
"I have to generate what I can do, give, for them to continue stimulated and having the humility to keep on winning. I have a lot of faith in my team".
(20-07-2009. First press conference of the season 2009/10)
"I always do it, but today I want to thank the players for the months they've put in. They have played very well sometimes, and the people have enjoyed that. I never forget that they are the ones who make me great".
(19-12-2009. Press conference after winning the Clubs World Cup)
"We owed the fans one for the way they treated us after we were knocked out of the Champions League".
(16-05-2010. On winning the second league in a row with 99 points)
"I want to continue doing my work well and for the people to be proud of how we do it".
(19-07-2010. First press conference of the season 2010/11)
"I once again give you my word that we'll make every effort to be successful. I ask you to get comfortable because I get the feeling that we're going to have fun once again".
(25-08-2010. Presentation to the fans of the 2010/11 team at the Camp Nou)
"We'll assume this in peace but what we won't do is not enjoy this".
"They have had a great time and that gives sense to our work".
(29-11-2010. Press conference after beating Madrid 5-0)
"I don't want to live off what I've done. There is nowhere like this, but we have to carry on winning".
(11-02-2011. First press conference after renewing his contract)
"Of course it is better to win that to lose, and you don't always win in life. We'll get over this, of course. These players have shown that many times".
(20-04-2011. Press conference after losing the final of the Copa del Rey to Real Madrid)
"I ask the people, and all the papers and radios not to be so imprudent as to believe something has been done before it's happened. We want to get to Wembley, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. We'd be better off keeping calm. We haven't won the final. That was the first leg and we won 2-0. Nine European Cups, that says it all. We have to make sure we can control the atmosphere".
(27-04-2011. Press conference after beating Real Madrid 2-0 at the Bernabéu in the first leg of the Champions League semi final)
"It is a major success to have reached two Champions League finals in three years. I'm infinitely grateful to these players. I'm delighted with the way we did it".
(03-05-2011. Press conference after qualifying for the Champions League Final at Wembley)
"Now we just want to enjoy it, eat a lot, dance a lot, sing a lot... do a lot of a lot. We have to organise parties because this title warrants them. And we have time to get ready for the final in Wembley".
(11-05-2011. On winning the third Liga title out of three)
"We are happy when you win, but also with the way we did it... now we've got four, and that's a great number".
(28-05-2011. On winning the club's fourth Champions League at Wembley against Manchester United (3-1) )
"Winning is very hard, whatever the competition. And winning again is even harder. We have worked hard all this time, and that's what I'm proudest of. I give you my word that the players will make the utmost effort".
(22-08-2011. Presentation of the team at the Camp Nou before the Joan Gamper Trophy game with Napoli)
"If we get up early and have a think, believe me, we are an unstoppable country. Thank you and Long Live Catalonia".
(08-09-2011. Speech at the Parliament of Catalonia after receiving its Medal of Honour)
Here's an overview of the best videos of Pep Guardiola during his time as manager of FC Barcelona
Josep Guardiola was presented as FC Barcelona’s manager on June 17, 2008. Since then he’s been at the center of the Club’s most successful era. Here’s an overview of the best videos of Josep Guardiola:
- The best images of Guardiola as manager
- Guardiola: “These men don’t fail”
- Guardiola dedicating his award to Tito Vilanova during the 2012 FIFA Gala
- Pep Guardiola’s press conference at the Bernabéu
- Guardiola signing his contract extension in 2011
- Guardiola’s speech at the Catalonia Parliament
Josep Guardiola was pleased and brimming with confidence during his presentation as the new FC Barcelona manager
“I cannot promise titles, but I’m convinced that people will be proud of us”
The news was announced a while ago, but Josep Guardiola’s job with the reserve team has delayed his official presentation as FC Barcelona’s new manager. Finally, the event took place this Tuesday in the Sala París. Accompanied by Joan Laporta and technical secretary Txiki Begiristain, Guardiola said: “I feel ready, if I didn’t feel this way I wouldn’t be sitting here. I’m not afraid, I’m not frightened by this challenge.”
A huge responsibility
The new manager started off by thanking board and the president: “I’m very pleased to be here, this is such a big responsibility. I want to thank the president, Txiki and Marc Ingla for their confidence in me this year and to the people that brought me to this extraordinary club last year. I will not fail you, I’m sure that everything will work out.” He added: “I don’t have experience because I’m only 37. The only merit I have is that these people chose me.”
Work, effort and talent
The new FC Barcelona manager said: “I firmly believe in hard work, effort and talent. The journey will be tough, but I will persevere. We have to work quickly and well, we must be strong from the start.” Guardiola also said that he has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish: “I cannot promise titles, but I’m convinced that people will be proud of us. I’m not asking for anything, I want people to get hooked on us.”
In a solemn ceremony and accompanied by his family and friends, the FC Barcelona manager has received the greatest honorary distinction from the Parliament of Catalonia
The Auditorium of the Parliament of Catalonia was the venue for the presentation of the Medal of Honour to this year’s winner, the manager of FC Barcelona, Josep Guardiola. As part of the events leading up to the National Day of Catalonia, the president of the Parliament, Núria de Gispert, has presented him with the greatest honour a Catalan can receive.
Watched by his proud parents, wife and siblings, Guardiola received the Gold Medal at exactly 19.47 on September 8, 2011, making him the tenth recipient of the award that was first instated in 2000. Looking grateful but a little nervous, in his acceptance speech Guardiola stuck to his favourite subjects, football and sport in general.
The chosen one
With the Gold Medal around his neck, Josep Guardiola gave a humble press conference at which he said “I was chosen. Anybody else could have been chosen to be the manager of FC Barcelona.” He preferred to pass the merit for his sitting there in the Parliament building to the people that offered him the job, to the people he learned from, and also to his players, who he says are learning new things every day.
“I love my job”
He went on to add that “all I can say is that I love my job. I am passionate about my job, I adore it!” He said that in the build up to a match, he likes to examine the opposition alone, whereupon it dawns on him that “we can win. It is at that moment that I really feel my love for this job. I just want to do this job that I love so much as well as I can”.
Thanks to Barça
Guardiola also spoke about the role of sport in education. “What I learned is how a football team is a microsystem. I am who I am because I have done sport”. He preferred to quote former handball coach Barça Valero Rivera at this point. “Barça makes us all good. You live your profession while thanking this institution and never asking for anything in return from the institution.”
Worn with honour
Guardiola ended by saying that the Parliament of Catalonia’s Gold Medal is something “I shall wear as well as I can … If we lift ourselves up in good time and start to think, believe me, we are an unstoppable country. Gràcies i Visca Catalunya”.
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