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Guillem Balague and Albert Ferrer discuss Guillem's biography of Pep Guardiola in Sporting Chapters.

Last Updated: 08/01/13 3:16pm

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'Pep' Guardiola is the most charismatic and successful manager in club football this century, and this entertainingly perceptive biography explains why.

Guardiola started his footballing career as a much-acclaimed midfielder who spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona. After retiring as a player and travelling the world, he became a coach of the reserve team of FC Barcelona and a year later he was chosen first-team manager in 2008.

He led the club in year after year of successes (he won 13 of the 16 competitions the club entered under his realm) and became the youngest-ever winning manager of the Champions League. Guardiola earned a string of awards as coach and manager of Barcelona culminating in January 2012 when he was awarded the FIFA World Coach of the Year.

At the end of the 2012 season he resigned after four years of unprecedented achievement. Every football fan wants to know where he will go and what he will do next. The influence of Guardiola goes beyond football. He represents a style, a club, a country and even values, at a time when they are scarce. Guillem Balague's insightful book tells how Pep Guardiola did it, playing the Beautiful Game - and winning.

Sporting Chapters caught up with Guillem and Albert Ferrer to talk about:

Influence: Pep and his influence at Barca as a player.

Stopping the rot: His appointment as Barca manager, taking over a side in decline and then making big decisions such as getting rid of Ronaldinho.

Victory: His unheralded success in the first two seasons.

Rivalry: His rivalry with Jose Mourinho which was to eventually sour his enjoyement of management

For all this, plus more, make sure you click on the video above to watch the latest edition of Sporting Chapters - Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography, featuring Guillem Balague and Albert Ferrer.


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