🧠 Pep turns 50: Recapping the glorious career of a football trailblazer

🧠 Pep turns 50: Recapping the glorious career of a football trailblazer

Pep Guardiola has spent 33 years of his life in professional football. 

For someone who's so deeply in love with the sport, he must surely be proud that 66% of his existence so far has been dedicated to the beautiful game.

As both a player and a manager, Pep Guardiola has left an indelible mark on the European stage with his elegant playing style and then his progressive, almost scientific approach to management. Here's a quick recap of the glorious trail that he has blazed.

🧮 Pep the player

🇪🇸 Spain

Guardiola was capped 47 times by Spain and although he wasn't able to claim World Cup or European Championships glory, he did win Olympic Gold in 1992, fittingly in the city of Barcelona. Guardiola was named as the player of the tournament. Pep was named in the UEFA European Championship 2000 team of the tournament where La Furia Roja was eliminated by eventual winners France at the quarterfinal stage.

Pep won 15 major honours at boyhood club Barcelona, most notably the European Cup in 1992 and six LaLiga titles. He left for Serie A in 2001 where he would have stints with Brescia and Roma. 

👔 Pep the manager

Guardiola returned to Catalonia in 2007 to take charge of the Barça B team, a year after calling time on his playing career. At the start of the 2008-09 campaign, Guardiola was given the reins of the first team. He would guide the team to almost unprecedented success, winning 13 major honours in four years before taking a one-year sabbatical from the game. Barcelona's "Tiki-taka" style, made famous by Guardiola and his players, is referenced regularly. 

The Barcelona class of 2009-09 won a European treble and six trophies in the calendar year of 2009 when they won the Club World Cup in December. Pep is the youngest manager ever to win the Champions League - having claimed the trophy as a 38-year-old in his first full season in charge at Barça. A certain Lionel Messi excelled under the Spanish tactician. 

Success followed Guardiola to Bayern Munich and now to Manchester City, where he has recently signed a new contract. 

The intensity that Guardiola brings to the party now is perhaps even more pronounced than it was when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium almost five years ago. 

🏆 Guardiola's managerial honours

  • 🏆 2x Champions League 
  • 🇪🇸 3x LaLiga
  • 🦁 2x Premier League
  • 🇩🇪 3x Bundesliga
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 FA Cup
  • 🇪🇸 2x Copa Del Rey
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 3x English League Cup
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 2x English Community Shield
  • 🇪🇸 3x Spanish Super Cup
  • 🇩🇪 2x DFB-Pokal
  • 🇪🇺 3x UEFA Super Cup
  • 🌍 3x FIFA Club World Cup
  • 🥇 2x FIFA Best Men's Coach

Happy birthday to one of the beautiful game's greatest modern minds.

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