Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, Pep Guardiola was a creative and technically gifted midfielder who usually played in a deep-lying, playmaking role as a defensive midfielder. Now a manager who is regarded as one of the best of all time, Guardiola’s intelligence and tactical prowess have made him one of the most sought after managers and football speakers in the world.
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 before going on to win a further four consecutive titles from 1991 – 1994. Guardiola’s leadership skills were always apparent and this led to him later being named captain of the team from 1997 to 2001. Pep’s time at Barcelona yielded an incredible 16 trophies, six of which were La Liga titles to go along with European Cup, a European Super Cup trophies and a number of other domestic trophies.
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. During his career, Guardiola was capped 47 times for Spain, winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 1992 and being named Spain’s Player of the Tournament and also receiving the Bravo Award. Guardiola then later appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. His illustrious and decorated career filled with an abundance of tales and anecdotes make for a fascinating performance as a football speaker.
After retiring as a player, Guardiola became the head coach of Barcelona B and in 2008, eventually succeeded Frank Rijkaard as the first team manager. In just his first season as manager of Barcelona, Guardiola guided Barcelona to a treble, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the coveted UEFA Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest manager to win the Champions League and thus announcing his arrival to the world as a manager.
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. Pep Guardiola made Barcelona an unstoppable force in world football and built a dynasty at the club, Guardiola had led the club to a time of sheer dominance.
Following on from this, Guardiola was also named the FIFA World Coach of the Year. The success continued as in Guardiola’s fourth season in charge at the club, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Supercopa de Espana once again.
However 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, an achievement and feat unheard of in football and sport. This time as manager of Barcelona will forever be remembered within football with many calling the them the greatest team ever. Guardiola’s experiences from a period that yielded more success in a short time then many experience in a lifetime makes for fascinating material when he performs as a football speaker, Pep discusses the intricacies and fundamentals that led to the sustained success and with how despite such glory he kept the players and himself motivated, a skill that is vital to any walk of life.
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 usual fashion, Guardiola won the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup as well as the FIFA Club World Cup in his first season. Guardiola finished his term at Bayern Munich with seven trophies and showed he was able to replicate success wherever he went. Leaving to join Manchester City ahead of the 2016/17 season, a new challenge awaited as many felt he could not continue this success in what is known as the best league in the world, the Premier League. His first season in charge was turbulent and certainly the first test of his career as Manchester City did not win the Premier League however Guardiola led a resurgence against all odds and under a tremendous amount of pressure turned things around with Manchester City being comfortably posied to win the Premier League.
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. A footballing brain like no other, Guardiola has inspired teams to play what is said by many the most attractive and beautiful style of football ever. An incredible player and manager, Pep Guardiola is available to hire at any event or function and is certain to be a magnificent addition.