Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, Guardiola was a creative and technically gifted midfielder who usually played in a deep-lying, playmaking role as a defensive midfielder. Guardiola spent the majority of his career with Barcelona F.C., forming a part of Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team that won the club’s first European Cup in 1992, and then a following four titles from 1991 – 1994. Guardiola later captained the team from 1997 to 2001. He went on to play for Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar and then finally Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico while training to be a manager.
Guardiola was capped 47 times for Spain, winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 1992, and then later appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became the head coach of Barcelona B and, in 2008, succeeded Frank Rijkaard as the first team manager. In his first season as manager, Guardiola guided Barcelona to a treble, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest manager to win the Champions League.
The following season, Guardiola led Barcelona to win the Supercopa de Espana, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and a second La Liga title. In 2011, after leading Barcelona to another La Liga, Supercopa de Espana as well as to another UEFA Champions League, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan Parliament’s Gold Medal; their highest honour. Following on from this, Guardiola was also named the FIFA World Coach of the Year. In Guardiola’s fourth season, he won the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Supercopa de Espana.
In June of 2012, Guardiola announced the shock news that he would be leaving Barcelona, after winning a staggering fourteen trophies in just four short years at the club. It was then announced, in January of 2013, that Guardiola would join Bayern Munich as manager for the 2013/14 season following the retirement of the previous manager. In his first season at the club, Guardiola won the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. Guardiola finished his term at Bayern Munich with seven trophies, leaving to join Manchester City ahead of the 2016/17 season.
Guardiola is regarded as one of the most successful managers in the world and has created an incredible legacy at such a young age due to the number of trophies he has won in his short managerial career.
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