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Pep Guardiola's reign at Barcelona

  • Guardiola takes over the reigns at Barcelona

    Guardiola takes over the reigns at Barcelona
    Guardiola is officially unveiled as the Barcelona manager, having been confirmed as the successor to Frank Rijkaard a month previously. He reveals that star players Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto'o will not be among his plans for the season, but keeps Eto'o after a good pre-season. He also signs future key players Dani Alves and Gerard Pique.
  • Era begins brightly

    Era begins brightly
    Eto'o scores the first goal of the Guardiola regime as Barca win 4-0 against Polish side Wisla Krakow in the Champions League third qualifying round.
  • An historic win

    An historic win
    Barcelona all but secure the La Liga title with an astonishing 6-2 win against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp. Barca have been top of the league since the 1st of November, and embarked on a 20-game unbeaten run. On the 16th of May, Guardiola gains his first Spanish league trophy when Real lose to Villarreal.
  • First trophy

    First trophy
    Guardiola wins his first trophy when his side win the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao by four goals to one.
  • The treble is secured

    The treble is secured
    Barcelona end Guardiola's first season on the highest possible note as they defeat Manchester United with goals from Eto'o and Lionel Messi in the final of the Champions League to secure a first ever Spanish treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Cup. Guardiola also becomes the youngest-ever manager of a Champions League winning side, aged just 38. Messi finishes the season as top scorer with 38 goals, with Eto'o and Thierry Henry adding 62 goals between them.
  • Fifth trophy of 2009

    Fifth trophy of 2009
    Barca appear to have picked up where they left off in the 2008-2009 season, as they win both the Spanish Super Cup and then defeat Shakhtar Donetsk in the European Super Cup. During the summer, Eto'o is replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the biggest transfer during Guardiola's tenure.
  • Guardiola achieves immortality

    Guardiola achieves immortality
    Guardiola becomes the first manager in history to achieve the sextuple, winning every trophy possible in 2009. The Catalans won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League, the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and lastly, the World Club Championship, beating Argentina's Estudiantes in the final.
  • Yet another milestone

    Yet another milestone
    When Barca defeat Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, Guardiola becomes the first ever manager of the club to win four consecutive "El Clasico" matches, further enhancing his cult status. The team march on to another league title, losing just one game all season and achieving 99 points. It's the 20th title in the club's history. 2009 World Player of the Year Messi is the key figure once again. Guardiola now has 7 trophies as the club's manager in just 2 years.
  • Champions League glory slips away

    Champions League glory slips away
    Despite winning the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 against Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan, Barcelona lose 3-2 on aggregate and therefore unable to successfully defend their Champions League trophy.
  • The final pieces in the puzzle to creating Barca's greatest side

    The final pieces in the puzzle to creating Barca's greatest side
    The transfer window during the summer of 2010 brings about some changes to the side. Ibrahimovic is loaned out to AC Milan whilst Henry is allowed to join New York Bulls. Yaya Touré also joins Manchester City, but Guardiola signs two world-class players in David Villa and Javier Mascherano to improve the side.
  • Barca score five to make it five in-a-row against Real

    Barca score five to make it five in-a-row against Real
    After Barcelona ease to a 5-0 win against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp, many people claim this is the greatest side of all time. Messi, Xavi, Villa, Andres Iniesta, Alves, Carles Puyol, Mascherano, Pique, Victor Valdes, Eric Abidal, Pedro and Sergio Busquets are all beoming household names globally, with many pundits touting Guardiola as the best manager in the world.
  • Pep finally loses a final

    Pep finally loses a final
    Real Madrid finally get the better of Barcelona for the first time since Guardiola became manager, winning the Copa del Rey final 1-0 in extra time, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner.
  • Champions of Europe again

    Champions of Europe again
    In front of a full crowd at Wembley, Barca defeat Manchester United for the second time in three years to go with their third consecutive league success. Goals from Villa, Messi and Pedro secure a 3-1 win to give Guardiola his 10th trophy in just 3 years.
  • Another record-breaking win

    Another record-breaking win
    Just under a month into the season and Guardiola has won his 11th and 12th trophies in just over 3 years. New signings Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas already have a big impact on the side as they beat Real Madrid 5-4 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup before a 2-0 win against Porto in the European Super Cup makes Guardiola the most successful Barca manager of all time.
  • Champions of the world again

    Champions of the world again
    Barca beat Santos 4-0 in the Club World Championship final to officially become the best team in the world once again. Messi scores 2, Xavi and Fabregas with the other goals and Guardiola has his 13th trophy in just 3 and a half years.
  • Best manager in the world

    Best manager in the world
    Pep is awarded the FIFA World Coach of the Year as voted for by players and fellow managers ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho. Guardiola receives 42% of the total votes.
  • League surrended and out of Europe

    League surrended and out of Europe
    After all but handing over their league title to Real Madrid on three days previously by losing 2-1 to their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp, Barca also fail to defend their Champions League title by drawing 2-2 with Chelsea, crashing out 3-2 on aggregate, despite being 2-0 up on the night at one point and a man up.
  • Calling time at Barca

    Calling time at Barca
    After what has arguably been his toughest week in management, Guardiola announces he will be stepping down at the end of the season to be replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova. Guardiola claims that his four years as manager has felt like an eternity and is now struggling with mental stress and fatigue. He can still finish his career at the club with a 14th trophy should they beat Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey.