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Guardiola bringing the trophy to the Museu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Guardiola bringing the trophy to the Museu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Pep Guardiola decided to share a very special trophy with FC Barcelona’s Museum. The manager brought the award he won in Zurich on January 9th during the FIFA Gala that recognises him as the best manager of 2011. Guardiola won the award with 41.92% of the votes, which saw him clear of Sir Alex Ferguson and José Mourinho's vote totals, 15.61% and 12.43%, respectively. The votes, just like for the Ballon d’Or ballots, were cast by national team managers (33%), national team captains (33%) and journalists (33%).

Upon receiving the award, Guardiola stated that he wanted to share the trophy with Ferguson, Mourinho and the “thousands of people that have worked for FC Barcelona.” However, the most important dedication was reserved for Tito Vilanova: “from the bottom of my heart I want to dedicate this award to Tito Vilanova, my friend, my colleague, and assistant. Even though you aren’t around very much these days [the assistant manager was recovering from surgery], you are always here. This is for you, muchacho!”

 

On the first floor of the Museum

The trophy is on display on the first floor of the Museum, in the exhibit reserved for the current FC Barcelona team. The Best Manager of 2011 award is featured alongside the ball from the Champions League Final, the 2011 Best Team in the World Laureus Award and Messi’s Golden Boot.

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