The 25th of May of 2012 will forever be remembered by Barcelonistas and the world of football. It was on that day that Pep Guardiola said goodbye to FC Barcelona after four magnificent years that saw him led the team to 14 out of 19 titles. The manager’s last match, the Copa del Rey Final against Athletic Club, was the “perfect culmination” of a nearly perfect four-year trajectory. This is how worldwide press described Guardiola’s last match on the Barça bench. The press also announced that Barça’s brilliant cycle will continue under the new management of Tito Vilanova.

Spanish press hail the Pep Team

Sport. "Barça pay tribute to Guardiola by claiming the last Cup.” And Joan Vehils titles his opinion piece with: The cycle has not ended, it will continue”

Mundo Deportivo. “Pep’s beautiful goodbye!”The director of the daily, Santi Nolla, thanks Pep Guardiola for his work: "14 times thank you.”

9 Esportiu: “Eternal 14 times over,” says the Catalan outlet, who also described yesterday’s match as the “perfect final” of Guardiola’s era.

As. “Pep leaves through the front door.” The Madrid-based outlet also highlights Pep Guardiola’s superiority in yesterday’s match.

Marca. "The Pep Team comes to an end,” comments the daily, also pointing out that Guardiola leaves the Club just like he came in, by winning the Copa del Rey.

La Vanguardia. “The best farewell for Pep”.

Ara. “The best Barça in the history of the Club closes out the Guardiola era with the Copa del Rey title (0-3).”

El Periódico. “Pep completes his cycle”

Europe also praises Barça

France: The daily L’Équipe’ highlights the gift the Azulgrana players gave Pep Guardiola in his last match: “The Azulgrana present to Guardiola.” The daily also comments on the 26th Copa del Rey title won by FC Barcelona.

Italy: “Guardiola takes his bow after winning 14 titles.”  The Gazzetta dello Sport start their match report of Barça’s 0-3 over Athletic Club talking about the records achieved by this Barça. The Corriere dello Sport echos their Italian counterpart by saying "The Copa del Rey stays in Barcelona.".

Portugal: Both A bola and Jornal Record talk about the the Culé conquest of the Cup in Guardiola’s last match with FC Barcelona. They also point out that the Azulgrana party took place in Madrid.

Argentina, thankful to Guardiola

“Barça give Guardiola the Cup after a magnificent exhibition,” says the Argentine daily Calrín. They daily goes on to say that "Pep is leaving, but he’s left his mark on history.” The daily Olé lead with “The King’s of Spain” Both the dailies praise Messi’s contribution in this historic Barça team.

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