Guardiola was one of the finest defensive midfielders of his generation for both Barcelona and Spain. And with his entry into football management with Barcelona, Guardiola has established himself as one of the very best managers with great success and after taking a year long sabbatical, he has returned to management again with the Bundesliga and European champions, Bayern Munich.
Guardiola commented ‘It is with great pride that I have signed with adidas as one of their ambassadors. Adidas have an amazing heritage but at the same time they are also proud to be at the cutting edge of football and these are two qualities that I really admire’.
Adidas is one of the leading brands in football. They are the official sponsors of some of the world football’s prestigious tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa Leagueand the UEFA European Championships.
Also, they are the sponsors of some of the greatest clubs in the world like Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan and of course Bayern Munich as well. Apart from that, the German company is associated with some of world’s best footballers at the moment including Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, Dani Alves, Oscar, Xavi, Karim Benzema and Bastian Schweinsteger.
Pep was part of Johan Cruyff’s “dream team” that won Barcelona’s first European Cup. He also played for Brescia and Roma in Italy; Al-Ahli in Qatar; and for Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico while attending managing school.
After retiring as a player, Guardiola became coach of FC Barcelona B, and mid-2008 he succeeded Frank Rijkaard as the first team manager. In his first season as manager, Barça won the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest UEFA Champions League-winning manager ever. The following season, Guardiola and Barcelona won the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup, bringing the manager’s tally to the maximum of six trophies in six competitions in one year, thus completing six trophies sextuple in two seasons.
On 8 September 2011, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan parliament’s Gold Medal, the highest honour. On 9 January 2012, Guardiola received the 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year award for Men’s Football.