Pep Guardiola is a Spanish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Premier League club Manchester City.
He is considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time. He holds the record for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
- Full name: Josep “Pep” Guardiola Sala
- Profession: Former Spanish footballer
- Born: 18 January 1971 (age 49 years), Santpedor, Spain
- Height: 1.8 m
- Spouse: Cristina Serra (m. 2014)
- Teams coached: Manchester City F.C. (Association football manager, since 2016)
- Children: Marius Guardiola, Valentina Guardiola, Maria Guardiola
About Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola was born 18 January 1971 in Santpedor, Spain. He is son of Dolors and Valentí.
He has two older sisters and a younger brother, Pere, a football agent. He is non-religious.
Guardiola met his wife when he was 18. They married on 29 May 2014.
They have three children named Maria, Màrius and Valentina. Following his tenure as Barcelona’s manager, he stated that he would move to the United States to live in Manhattan, New York, for a year, until he decided on his future.
To prepare for his position as the manager of Bayern Munich, Guardiola practised German for four to five hours per day.
Guardiola supports the political independence of Catalonia.
In 2015, he confirmed that he would participate in the pro-independence coalition Junts pel Sí in that year’s regional parliamentary election.
Guardiola’s mother, Dolors, died from complications of the coronavirus, in a hospital in Barcelona, on 6 April 2020.
Guardiola was a defensive midfielder who usually played in a deep-lying playmaker’s role. He spent the majority of his career with Barcelona, forming a part of Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team that won the club’s first European Cup in 1992, and four successive Spanish league titles from 1991 to 1994.
He later captained the team from 1997 until his departure from the club in 2001. After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola had stints with Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico.
He was capped 47 times for the Spanish national team and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as well as at UEFA Euro 2000. He also played friendly matches for Catalonia.
After retiring as a player, Guardiola briefly coached Barcelona B, with whom he won a Tercera División title, and assumed control of the first-team in 2008.
In his first season as the first team manager, he guided Barcelona to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League.
In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest manager to win the aforementioned European competition.
In 2011, after leading the club to another La Liga and Champions League double, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan Parliament’s Gold Medal, their highest honour.
The same year, he was also named the FIFA World Coach of the Year. He ended his four-year Barcelona stint in 2012 with 14 honours, a club record.
After a sabbatical period, Bayern Munich announced Guardiola would join the club as manager in 2013. Guardiola won the Bundesliga every season he was there, as well as two domestic doubles.
He left the Bavarians for Manchester City in 2016, and guided them to a Premier League title in his second campaign in charge, breaking numerous domestic records as the team became the first to attain 100 league points.
He won a second consecutive Premier League and EFL Cup the following season, as well as the FA Cup, becoming the first manager to win the domestic treble in English men’s football.