Pep Guardiola is the current manager of Premier League team Manchester City. He is regarded as one of the best managers of all time, having won the most straight league games in La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League.
Guardiola was a deep-lying playmaker who mainly played as a defensive midfielder. He spent much of his career with Barcelona, where he was a member of Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team, which won the club’s first European Cup in 1992 and four consecutive Spanish league titles from 1991 to 1994. He was the team’s captain from 1997 until his departure in 2001. After that, Guardiola played for Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico.
He was a member of the Spanish national team for 47 appearances, including in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. He also represented Catalonia in friendly matches.
Guardiola briefly coached Barcelona B after retiring as a player, winning the Tercera División with them. In 2008, he was named head coach of the first team.
He guided Barcelona to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League in his first season as manager. Guardiola made history by becoming the youngest manager to win the aforementioned European tournament. Guardiola was given the Catalan Parliament’s Gold Medal in 2011, after leading the team to another La Liga and Champions League double.
He was also named FIFA World Coach of the Year in the same year. In 2012, he finished his four-year Barcelona career with 14 awards, a club record.
Bayern Munich stated Guardiola would return to the club as manager in 2013 after a sabbatical break. As Bayern manager, Guardiola won the Bundesliga every season and two domestic doubles.
In 2016, he departed Bayern Munich for Manchester City, and in his second season in charge, he led them to the Premier League title, breaking multiple domestic records as the club became the first to reach 100 league points.
The next season, he won the Premier League and EFL Cup for the second consecutive season, as well as the FA Cup, making him the first manager in English men’s football to achieve the domestic treble. In 2021, Guardiola won his third Premier League title and led City to their first Champions League final, where they were defeated by Chelsea.
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Valentí Guardiola and Dolors Sala are Pep Guardiola’s parents.
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Pere Guardiola, Francesca Guardiola i Sala, and Olga Guardiola are Pep Guardiola’s siblings.
Pere Guardiola may not be as well-known as his Manchester City manager brother, but he has quietly made a name for himself as a football agent, having previously worked for Nike’s Sports Marketing department, where he worked with Barcelona, the Spanish national team, and Brazilian duo Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, among others.
He is now an intermediary, and he takes after his elder sibling’s affairs, as well as having Barcelona striker Luis Suarez as the most prominent client of his Media Base Sports firm.
He founded the company in 2009 alongside Jaume Roures, who owns a 45 percent investment, with the goal of being able to assist professional footballers in all parts of their lives, from on and off the field to legal and tax concerns.
Former third-division player who has previously worked with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho has paid his dues in the game.
Football flows in certain families, and it should come as no surprise that Pep Guardiola, one of his generation’s most accomplished coaches, comes from one of them.
The goal was to attract talented young athletes, and a decade later, this strategy is paying off, as Media Base Sports currently represents some of the best young talent on the Iberian Peninsula, with an emphasis on Spanish and Portuguese prodigies.
William Carvalho, who was linked with a move to Manchester United before going to Real Betis earlier this year, and Junior Firpo, who moved from Seville to Barcelona in the summer and appears to have a bright future as a modern full-back, are two players who have risen to the top of the game.
Another player on the agency’s books is Real Madrid’s Brahim Diaz, who previously worked for Pep at Manchester City.