Josep Guardiola el dia del seu comiat com a jugador

• ESPN. Graham Hunter. Adios, Pep Guardiola

This story featured earlier this week on FC Barcelona’s website, however, we know that articles can get lost in the shuffle of the constantly changing 24-hour news cycle. We’re linking to it again because it’s an excellent perspective on Josep Guardiola’s managerial career at FC Barcelona.

• totalBarça. This is not an end, but a beginning

“The uncertainty of winning or losing slowly transformed into this confidence that the team had it in the bag. Losses became less frequent, so much so that people started assuming that Barça versus any other team would be meaningless because the Catalans would win. I wouldn’t call this overconfidence, rather these are natural assumptions based on the team’s recent record. Pep took fans from a “Woah, we won it!” to “Of course we won it!” attitude.”

• Wall Street Journal. Gabriele Marcotti. The End of the Guardiola Era

“When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he's actually just pushing down earth. In some ways, that's what Guardiola did at Barcelona after taking over in 2008.”

• The Guardian. Sid Lowe. Barcelona roll out ‘Pep’s twin’ Tito Vilanova as Camp Nou kingpin

"Under Guardiola, Vilanova's role has been fundamental. Sergio Busquets described him as "like the manager but calmer"; Andrés Iniesta says he is "like a book, he teaches you so much"; and Puyol described him as 'discreet and hard-working'"

• r/Barça. Poetical_Poltergeist. Ancient photo of Pep and Tito circa 1980

The above photo is evidence, dug up by the reddit.com/r/barca community, of how far back the friendship between the outgoing manager and newly appointed boss goes. Finding Pep and Tito in the photo is relatively easy, but can you name everyone else in the photo (and where it was taken)?

• Grantland. Brian Phillips. Homage to Guardiola

"Pep Guardiola liked to remind his players to have fun. Under normal circumstances, "go out there and have fun" is the emptiest sort of yapped-around-a-whistle coachspeak, but with Guardiola "normal circumstances" often felt like something more profound, and also stranger, than that: He made you believe that he meant it. He had the very disorienting gift of making banal sentiments seem to come from a place of deep soulfulness."

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