Pep Guardiola Sala, born on January 18, 1971, in Santpedor, Spain. This Capricorn man was born to Valenti Guardiola and Dolors Sala Guardiola. Pep has two older sisters and one younger brother.
He did not embrace any trust. Thus, he is an atheist. Although most Spaniards are Catholic, Pep prefers to be part of a quarter of Spanish people who do not believe in Religion.
Since his childhood, Pep has loved football very much. He often played wherever and whenever there was an opportunity to do it. He also channeled his love for football by being a goal boy at local football matches.
At the age of 13, Pep joined the FC Barcelona academy and began studying there. He began his football career as a defender. After running for approximately six years, he increasingly honed his talent to enter the eleven major players.
Until finally when he was 19 years old, Pep was promoted to the main team. He became one of the best defenders since the 1990s as he was able to win various titles with FC Barcelona.
As time passed by, Pep Guardiola’s position became a little more advanced by becoming a defensive midfielder.
The beginning of his journey began in the 1991/92 season. Pep started his first season with FC Barcelona. It didn’t take long for Pep to penetrate in el Barca’s main squad. In that season, Pep managed to donate La Liga and Euro Cup titles.
He even received appreciation from the Italian sports magazine “Guerin Sportivo” as the best footballer under the age of 21 years.
In October 1992, Pep made his debut with the Spanish national team which underwent a World Cup qualifier. In the same year, he also managed to donate a gold medal to the Matador team at the Olympic event.
In 1994, Pep entered the squad of the Spanish national team who competed in the World Cup. But he was only able to bring his country to the quarter-final round. In the next edition of the World Cup, Pep did not enter the Spanish squad due to a severe injury.
In 1993 with FC Barcelona, he again donated the La Liga title and managed to bring FC Barcelona to reach the final of the European Champions League in 1994. However, La Blaugrana had to face their defeat against AC Milan.
In 1997, Pep was appointed as the captain after most of the FC Barcelona players were replaced by new players. However, Pep was not really able to lead his teammate. He spent more time outside the field due to injuries he suffered.
In 1998, many big European clubs wanted him. However, Barcelona did not want to let him go and prefer to give him a new contract, in which this Spanish player will stay at the Camp Nou until 2001.
In the 1998/99 season, Pep returned from injury and carried the captain’s armband. In that season too, he managed to donate the La Liga trophy to El Barca.
Until exactly in April 2001, Pep announced to leave FC Barcelona. Together with the Catalan club, Pep has donated a total of 16 trophies.
Following his departure from FC Barcelona, he flew to Italy to join Brescia before finally setting foot in Rome. However, his performance in Pizza Country was not too good. His appearance dropped dramatically due to being caught consuming illegal drugs.
His career was getting closer to the end.
He then left Italy and joined Al Ahly and Dorados, before finally deciding to retire at the age of 34 years.
In 2007, Pep returned to the green field to train the Barcelona B team. Until in the peak of 2008/09, Pep was withdrawn to handle the senior team.
A golden journey for Pep as a coach began.
He immediately adjusted and contributed a prestige title for FC Barcelona. It was noted that Pep managed to bring FC Barcelona to win La Liga, European Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, and Club World Cup.
At that time, Pep was named the youngest coach who was able to contribute the European Champions League title to the team he cared for.
Officially departing from FC Barcelona, Pep continued his career to deal with FC Bayern in December 2013. Together with The Bavarian, his magic still shone. He was able to donate the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
Answering the challenge, Pep Guardiola flew to England to compete in the most stringent league in the world. In the 2016/17 season, he officially announced if he would handle Manchester City.
As if he was silencing those ignorant mouths, he managed to donate the Premier League title to The Citizen.
Outside the field, this coach has published several interesting books which of course discussing football. He also occasionally goes to play golf and attends beer festivals in Germany.