Leadership lessons from one of football’s most successful Club Managers
Pep Guardiola was a talented footballer who played as a midfielder for Spain, Barcelona, Brescia, Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados de Sinalos. When he retired as a player Guardiola became coach of FC Barcelona ‘B’, and in 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.
In September 2011, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan parliament’s Gold Medal, the highest honour. In 2012 Guardiola received the 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year award for Men’s Football. At the end of the 2012 football season Guardiola quit as Barcelona manager, after achieving 14 titles in four years in charge of the club. He opted to take a season away from management spending time with his family in New York. In moving to Bayern Munich for the 2013-14 season he inherited management of another iconic football team with a long history of success. Pep’s team successfully defended the Bundesliga in all three seasons under his supervision between 2014 and 2016 and won the League Cup twice.
Given the nature and commitments to his club and sponsors Pep Guardiola has limited time for public engagements. We are willing to consider appropriate bookings but please understand Mr Guardiola has a very restricted diary and speaking engagements are restricted to major international conferences.
Pep Guardiola presents in English & Spanish.