Felkis Between andGuardiola played over 47 times and scored five goals for the senior Spain team. On 16 Januaryit was announced that Guardiola would take over as manager of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich after the —13 seasonreplacing Jupp Heynckes for the following season. After the international break and a home draw on 23 OctoberGuardiola tied his record of going five games without a win. Barcelona managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fourth year — last three under Guardiola — in a row after thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6—1 on aggregate. Guardiola played with Dorados guareiola Sinaloa for six months before retiring.
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Just before half-time he wandered into the dug-out and asked Charly Rexach , the youth team manager at the time, the name of the young lad playing on the right side of midfield. Cruyff ignored the comment and told Rexach to move him into the middle for the second half, to play as pivot.
It was a difficult position to adapt to and one not used by many teams in Spain at the time. Guardiola adjusted immediately, as Cruyff had suspected he would, and when he moved to the first-team in , he became the pivot of the Dream Team. Cruyff utilised the young midfielder in the absence of the suspended Guillermo Amor. He became a first-team regular in the —92 season , and at only 20 years old was a key component of a side that won La Liga and the European Cup.
The prestigious Italian magazine Guerin Sportivo heralded Guardiola as the finest player in the world under the age of In , Guardiola was named as Barcelona captain under new manager Louis van Gaal , but a calf muscle injury ruled Guardiola out of most of the —98 season , in which Barcelona won a league and cup double.
At the end of the season, Barcelona rejected offers from Roma and Parma of around million pesetas for Guardiola. After prolonged and complicated contract talks, he signed a new contract with the Catalan club that extended his stay until A largely disappointing — season again ended in surgery, with Guardiola missing the last three months of the season with a serious ankle injury.
He stated that it was a personal decision and, in part, a response to what he perceived as football heading in a new, more physical, direction. 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. His time in Italy, however, was unsuccessful and included a four-month ban for testing positive for nandrolone. Six years later, on 23 October , Guardiola was cleared on appeal of all charges related to the ban.
He had rejected another offer from Manchester United , as he wanted to play elsewhere. He became a regular in the Qatar Stars League, often cited as one of the best players in the League. Guardiola played with Dorados de Sinaloa for six months, but was limited to ten appearances due to injuries before retiring.
He scored one goal for the club. In the same year, Guardiola captained Spain when they won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Between and , Guardiola played over 47 times and scored five goals for the senior Spain team. He was a member of the Spanish team during the World Cup , where they reached the quarter-finals, losing 2—1 to Italy. He suffered a career-threatening injury in , which kept him out of the World Cup , but he later played at Euro , where he led Spain to yet another quarter-final, this time losing to France by the same margin, 2—1.
He led the Spanish midfield until his final appearance for la Roja, a 1—0 win in a friendly against Mexico on 14 November ; he scored his last international goal against Sweden in a 1—1 draw during his 45th appearance. Between and , he played seven friendly games for Catalonia. Having served as captain of both Barcelona and the Spanish national side, he also stood out for his leadership throughout his career.
Lilian Thuram was initially set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer , but the discovery of a heart condition put a stop to the move, and the veteran retired to tend to his health. Henrique was also signed from Palmeiras , but was immediately loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen.
They then lost 1—0 in the second leg, but progressed with a 4—1 aggregate victory. Promoted Numancia also defeated Barcelona in the opening match-day of the La Liga , but the team then went on an undefeated streak for over 20 matches to move to the top of the league.
In doing so, they became the first Spanish club to win the domestic cup, the league, and the European club titles the treble in the same season. That same month, on the 20th, he agreed to a one-year contract extension to keep him with Barcelona until the end of the —11 season.
His record stood at 71 wins, 19 draws and 10 losses with goals for and 76 against. Barcelona were given ten days to appeal the sanction. The game ended 2—2. On 14 July , Guardiola signed a new contract to stay with Barcelona until June On 8 March, in the second leg of the Champions League first knockout round , Barcelona defeated Arsenal 3—1, thus winning 4—3 on aggregate, moving them into the quarter-finals.
Barcelona managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fourth year — last three under Guardiola — in a row after thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6—1 on aggregate. Guardiola suffered his first final defeat during the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid. He won 12 trophies in only three years. His record stood at wins, 39 draws and 17 losses with goals for and against. On 21 April, Guardiola conceded the league title to leaders Real Madrid after they beat Barcelona 2—1 and extended their lead in the table to seven points with four matches remaining.
That effectively left the team with only the Copa del Rey to play for. He had been on a rolling contract that was renewed annually during his tenure as manager. Barcelona announced that he would be succeeded by Tito Vilanova , who would begin leading the first team at the start of the —13 season. FC Kaiserslautern in the —79 season.
Guardiola identified the defensive areas which required improvement for City to challenge for the league title, particularly in the goalkeeper and full back position. Between andGuardiola played over 47 times and scored five goals for the senior Spain team. Retrieved 16 April Cruyff ignored the comment and told Rexach to move him into the middle for the second half, to play as pivot. Guardiola finished the season with no trophies — the only time he has finished a season without a trophy. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikinews. Views Read View source View history.