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Undoubtedly Josep Pep Guardiola Sala, widely known as Pep, is one of the

most successful managers in football history

. The current

Manchester City

manager holds the record for the most in a row games won in the Premier League, the Bundesliga, and La Liga.

During his playing time, Pep played as a midfielder and he served

Barcelona

more than any other club. He was one of the key players in Johan Cruyff's Dream Team and played alongside Txiki Begiristain, Miguel Angel Nadal, Jose Mari Bakero, Jon Andoni Goikoetxea, Ronald Koeman, and Romario.

From 1991 to 1994, the dream team won four consecutive La Liga titles. From 1997 to 2001, he became captain of the Blaugrana. After Barcelona, Guardiola went on to play for

Brescia

,

Roma

,

Al-Ahli

, and Dorados de Sinaloa.   

After his retirement, he was named a coach of Barcelona B, and in 2008 he was appointed as the club's first side manager. Blaugrana won the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League) under Pep, and the Spanish manager become the youngest coach to win the UEFA Champions League title.

Guardiola, the FIFA World Coach of the Year, in 2012 left Barcelona with a record of 14 honors. In 2013 he was named Bayern Munich manager, winning three Bundesliga titles during his three seasons as a manager of the Bavarians. In 2016 he took charge at Manchester City, and Pep has set many records.

Now we have a set of general information at hand. Stay tuned to read more about a ball boy who became a great footballer and a successful manager.

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Pep Guardiola biography

, which includes his career and personal life. In the following article, we will present you with all the detailed information about Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers of all time.

Pep Guardiola Information

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Pep Guardiola biography

will start with some general information about Pep Guardiola football information and physical stats.

Pep Guardiola Bio

  • Full Name:

    Josep Pep Guardiola Sala

  • Nickname:

    Pep

  • Profession:

    Professional Football Manager

Pep Guardiola Physical Stats

  • Height:

    180

  • Eye Color:

    Dark Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Black 

Weight:

76 

           

Pep Guardiola Football Information

  • Positon:

    Defensive Midfielder

  • Professional Debut:

    1990

Jersey Number:

4

Pep Guardiola Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    18 January 1971

  • Birth Place:

    Santpedor, Spain

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Capricorn

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

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Pep Guardiola Early Life

In this part of our article on Pep Guardiola biography, we will review some facts about

Pep Guardiola childhood

and family facts, from his early days to the time he became famous.

Pep Guardiola date of birth

is 18 January 1971, in Santpedor, Spain and

Pep Guardiola nationality

is Spanish. Pep was born into a middle-class family, and they weren't wealthy. In the case of

Pep Guardiola religion

, you might know that he is none-religious person.

His father, Valenti Guardiola, was a bricklayer, and his mother, Dolors Sala, was a salesperson. His parents never left their village, Santpedor. The Spanish boy has two older sisters and a younger brother, who is a football agent. Pep used to kick the ball from his childhood as his father said he kicked the ball for hours.

"There was always a sure-fire way to make him happy at Christmas, and that was to give him a football as a present. He was always with a ball at his feet. Everywhere he went, he went with a football," said Valenti Guardiola. 

Pep's father always gets the media attention and loves to express controversial views on football. For example, just days after Pep's move to Manchester City, Valenti said: "I have to confess that English football is not my cup of tea. It's a lot of long balls and running. I prefer the football my son likes to practice, lot of passing then a surprise attack when a loop holes opened up." 

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Pep Guardiola Profile

In this section of Sportmob's article of Pep Guardiola bio, we will present you Pep Guardiola profile, includes his style of play, goal celebration, and reception. At the age of 13, he joined La Masia, and in 1990 he made his debut against Cadiz. In the 1991-92 season, Pep became Johan Cruyff's first choice, and when he was 20, the Spanish midfielder won La Liga and the European Cup. Once he said he heard the news of inviting to Johan Cruyff team to a disco.

"I don’t even think it was 7 o’clock I was relaxing in a disco. Frankly, I was more worried about a brunette than anything else, and therefore I had decided that when the slow songs came on, I would take her for a dance. All of this was going on when I saw a team-mate from La Masia arrive to tell me that a group of Academy players were to travel to Banyoles with the first team. And that I was amongst those selected," said Guardiola

He added: "I never did dance with the brunette, who was certainly beautiful. My mind was already on other things. But I got to know the Barca first-team manager’s philosophy first hand. His assessment of my debut was thus: 'You played slower than my grandmother.' No need to say anything else!"

In the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, Cruyff's Dream Team won the La Liga title. With Romario joining the Dream Team, Barcelona became more powerful, and they reached the final of the 1994 UEFA Champions League. Bobby Robson was named Blaugrana's manager, winning the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana, and the European Cup Winners' Cup. With the arrival of new manager Louis van Gaal, Pep became the Catalans' captain.

But due to his injury, Guardiola missed most of the 1997–98 season. At the end of the season, Blaugrana did not let Guardiola left and did not accept

Roma

and

Parma

's offer and the club extended his contract until 2001. On 11 April 2001, Guardiola left the club after 17 years, winning six La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey title, Supercopa de Espana on four occasions, one European Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and two UEFA Super Cups.

"It's been a long journey. I am happy, proud, happy with the way people treated me, and I have made many friends. I cannot ask for more. I have had many years in the elite. I did not come to make history but to make my own history. A number of future Barcelona midfielders, including Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Cesc Fabregas, have hailed Guardiola as their role model and hero," said Pep before his last game against Celta de Vigo.

At the age of 30, he joined Brescia, Serie A team, and he played under Carlo Mazzone, and he went on to play for Roma. Pep wasn't successful in Italy and was banned for four months due to a positive test for nandrolone. However, six years later, all charges were dropped.

In 2003, the Spanish midfielder joined the

Qatar

Stars League and played for Al-Ahli. Three years later, he moved to Dorados de Sinaloa and turned down offers from great clubs like

Chelsea

,

Manchester United

, and Manchester City. He ended his football career at the Mexican club.

At the international level, Pep Guardiola also had extraordinary performances. The Spain boy played for the first time for his country against Northern Ireland on 14 October 1992. In the same year, at the Barcelona Olympic Games, Spain won the gold medal as Pep was captain. He played at the 1994 World Cup, and Euro 2000, in latter la Roja losing to France. From 1995 to 2005, the legend played seven friendly games for the Catalonia football team.

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Style of play

Pep Guardiola was known for an ability to read the game. In front of his team's back-line, he played as a central or defensive midfielder. The creative midfielder was regarded for his passing range, close control, and vision.

The hardworking footballer was capable of making an attacking run, shooting on goal from set-pieces, and creating chances. Due to his leadership ability, he was captain of the Barcelona and Spain national team.  His playing style was based on ball movement, technique, and creativity.

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Reception

Pep Guardiola is regarded as one of the best midfielders and great manager in football history. When football lovers talk about the best coaches in football history, Pep Guardiola comes to the mind of most of them. Let's take a look at the most important quotes from football figures:

Xavi, who played under Pep Guardiola in Barcelona, said: "Intelligence is often expressed in how well you adapt to where you are, to your circumstances. And he is very, very intelligent. He would adapt to any football anywhere. He is a perfectionist, obsessive: he keeps going until he gets it right, no matter what he is doing. If Pep Guardiola decided to be a musician, he would be a good musician. If he wanted to be a psychologist, he would be a good psychologist."

Johan Cruyff, his former manager, in praise of Guardiola's managerial ability, said: "To me, he isone of the best in the world. What is really outstanding about Guardiola is that he does not force his style of football onto his team. He analyses what is best for the team, utilises the special details and through that leads them to the greatest possible success. It’s no coincidence that Spain won the 2010 World Cup with seven of Guardiola’s players, and now Germany with six or seven of his players."

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Goal Celebration

Pep Guardiola didn't have a specific goal celebration. During his coaching career in Barcelona, he celebrated Andres Iniesta's late goal in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea by sprinting down the touchline where his players were celebrating. Stay tuned to read more on

Pep Guardiola life story

.

Pep Guardiola Outside Football

Time to take a look at Pep Guardiola's life outside of football, which includes his hobbies and favorite activities. Pep loves art, and one of his hobbies outside football is spending time in New York around the galleries. He is actually a big fan of music, and also the legend plays golf.

Once, he was playing with Tommy Fleetwood, the world number 12. “When I try to relax the most is when I play golf. It is the only place people do not look at me. I can walk because the people in front are 150 yards, the people behind 150 yards. You can play with your father, son, your grandfather, friends, wife, even play with Tommy Fleetwood. It is the only way I can break my (routine)," said Pep Guardiola.

In Manchester City center, the Spanish manager has invested in a Catalan restaurant.

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Pep Guardiola Personal Life

In this part of Sportmob's article on Pep Guardiola Biography, we will bring you fascinating information about his love life, dating history, and children.

Family, Children, and Relationships

Born in 1973, Christina Serra, Pep Guardiola's wife, is a writer, journalist, and fashionista. Serra's family owned the Serra Claret store in Barcelona. When Pep was only 18, Pep and Christina began dating. Two love birds got married in 2014 at a simple party.

The Spanish manager has three children. In 2001, two lovebirds welcomed their first child, Maria. In 2003 Marius, the couple's second child, was born, and Maria became a happy elder sister. The couple's third daughter, Valentina, was born in 2008. "Valentina was born on the 6th of May [in 2008], it was also the day we played against Huddersfield to lift the title. The day that Valentina was born, Joan Laporta came with my friend to the hospital and told me, 'You will be the next manager of Barcelona'," said Pep.

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Philanthropy

One of the fascinating parts of this article is about Pep Guardiola's background in philanthropy. In March 2018, the Manchester city manager donated €150,000 to a Catalan non-profit organization that rescues refugees from the sea, Proactiva Open Arms.

Also, during the coronavirus pandemic, he donated €1 million to the Medical College of Barcelona.

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Legal Issues

Pep Guardiola is regarded as one of the most cultured footballers and managers in football history. The legend doesn't have any legal issues record.

Not much of a legal issue, but we have to mention in this part that in 2001, during his playing time in Italy, Pep was banned for four months due to a positive test for nandrolone. Some famous footballers like Edgar Davids and Jaap Stam provided positive tests. Six years later, he was cleared on appeal of all charges.

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Pep Guardiola Career Statistics

Now is the time to review Pep Guardiola's career on the club, international level, and managerial career.

Club

Undoubtedly, Pep was one of the best midfielders of his generation. Guardiola played a total of 410 matches for five clubs. He has scored 14 times and provided 37 assists for his teammates.

International

On the international level, the Spain boy scored five times in 49 games for his country. He also played for Spain U21 two times. As we mentioned earlier, from 1995 to 2005, the legend played seven friendly matches for the Catalonia football team.

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Managerial Career

Undoubtedly, Pep Guardiola is regarded as one of the best managers of all time. The Spanish manager began his managerial career on 21 June 2007, and Pep became Barcelona B, side manager. In May 2008, the club president announced that Pep would be named the first side manager.

During the four years as the Catalans coach, Pep won the La Liga title on three occasions, two Copa del Rey titles, Supercopa de Espana three times, UEFA Champions League on two occasions, UEFA Super Cup title twice, as well as two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

Although he was one of the successful coaches in Barcelona history,

Gerard Pique

didn't like Pep's philosophy. “I still revere Pep as a manager. But the truth is, it was an extremely hard time. He wanted his players to be obsessed with football 24 hours a day, and at that point in my life, I did not understand it," said the defender.

On 16 January 2013, Pep Guardiola was appointed manager of Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, replacing Jupp Heynckes. The successful manager won the Bundesliga title on three occasions, the DFB-Pokal title two times, one UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup title one time.

On 1 February 2016, it was announced that Pep would take over as Manchester City's manager with a three-year contract. In his first season in Premier League, the Spanish manager set the record of 61 wins and 23 draws in European competition.

He has won the Premier League title on two occasions, one FA Cup title, the EFL Cup title three times, and the FA Community Shield title two times. On 19 November 2020, the Premier League club extended Pep's contract until 2023. Guardiola says Cruyff had a magnificent impact on his coaching success.

"He was unique, totally unique. Without him I wouldn’t be here. I know for sure this is why I am, right now, the manager of Manchester City and before that Bayern Munich and Barcelona. I would not be able to do what he did. You hear all these people saying: ‘Oh Pep, what a good manager he is.’ Forget about it. Cruyff was the best, by far. when I was Barcelona manager, I went to see Johan many times. I made especially sure I went a lot in my first year when we won everything, absolutely everything."

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Pep Guardiola Honors

The last part of our article on Pep Guardiola's bio is about his honors and achievements. During his playing time, Pep won six La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey title, Supercopa de Espana on four occasions, one European Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and two UEFA Super Cups with Barcelona.

As a manager, Guardiola won three La Liga titles, Bundesliga title on three occasions, two Premier League titles, UEFA Champions League title two times, three UEFA Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City.

His notable individual achievements are the Don Balon Award (twice), IFFHS World's Best Club Coach (twice), European Coach of the Season (2008-09), and La Liga Coach of the Year (four times).

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