Sports Nicknames - Pep

Josep "Pep" Guardiola is one of the greatest football managers of all time. That is beyond doubt. Once a player for Spain and Barcelona, the man has won just about everything there is to win at the club level as both a player and manager.

Profile illustration of Josep Pep Guardiola.  Art piece.  Drawing.  One of the greatest football managers of all time.

Guardiola started his football career when graduating from La Masia in 1990. Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder under Johan Cruyff, acting as a deeper playmaker. At Barcelona, Pep would remain for 10 years as a player. He would fulfill this role for all 4 of the clubs he would play for in the rest of his career.

It was as a manager that shot Guardiola into the true limelight. He took over as Barcelona manager in 2008 and immediately found success, winning the treble in his first season. Guardiola would win 3 league titles as Barca manager, 2 Copa del Reys and 2 Champions League titles. This was in addition to his 6 league titles, European Cup and Copa del Rey he won as a player in Spain.

After a sabbatical, Guardiola returned to management, this time in Germany at Bayern Munich. He won the league every year he was there, as well as 2 DFB-Pokals. After his 3 years at Bayern, he switched to England, helping Manchester City to 2 league titles (and likely a third at the time of writing).

Pep Guardiola already had the career of a successful player. Now as a manager, he has cemented his legacy as one of the most influential figures on football of all time.


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