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Know Johan Cruyff’s story on how he crafted Pep Guardiola and the future of Barcelona

FC Barcelona is one of the most decorated clubs in football history. They have won every tournament, and a few on numerous occasions. A lot of credit goes to their players as well as their coaches. Looking at Barcelona’s history, several players come to mind: Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Johan Cruyff, Maradona, and many more. Similarly, the Spanish coach and former football player Pep Guardiola has a great history with the club.

Well, if Johan Cruyff hadn’t crafted him, we could have been a completely different footballer. Here is the story of Johan Cruyff and how he crafted Pep Guardiola.

It is the story of Guardiola when he was part of Barcelona’s third youth team and Cruyff heard about him. It was said that Guardiola was one of the best. Well, Cruyff didn’t know that he was part of the third youth team, and he was searching for him in the reserves.

Knowing that he asked Barcelona’s coach to put him in the reserves and travel with the main squad. The reason is that Guardiola will grow, and looking at the main squad, he will understand more about the professional level. Cruyff also mentioned that, even if we lose him to injuries or other problems, we need to create players.

If we lose, we lose; we need to create players!

These were the golden words of Johan Cruyff and how he changed the future of Barcelona. Since then, Barcelona has been one of the top clubs. Not just in trophies or history, but they have shaped young talents who have become the faces of several clubs. Here are the stats and achievements of Pep Guardiola while representing Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola stats and achievements with Barcelona

Stats as a player

Year Team Matches Goals Assists
1988-1992 Barcelona B and C Team 59 5 3
1990-2001 Barcelona 382 11 13
Total 441 16 16

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Achievements as a player

  • Segunda Division (1990–91 with the B team)
  • 6x La Liga (1990-1994 and 1997-1999)
  • 4x Supercopa (1991, 1992, 1994, and 1996)
  • 2x Copa del Rey (1996–97 and 1997–98)
  • European Cup (1991–92)
  • UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1992)
  • European Super Cup (1992)

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Stats as a coach

Year Team Matches Wins Draws Losses Win %
2007-2008 Barcelona B 42 28 9 5 66.67
2008-2012 Barcelona 247 179 47 21 72.47


Achievements as a coach

  • Tercera Division (2007–08 with the B team)
  • 3x La Liga (2008–09, 2009–10, and 2010–11)
  • 3x Supercopa (2009, 2010, and 2011)
  • 2x UEFA Champions League (2008–09 and 2010–11)
  • 2x Cope del Rey (2008-09 and 2011-12)
  • 2x UEFA Super Cup (2009 and 2011)
  • 2x FIFA Club World Cup (2009 and 2011)

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Nikhil Lopes
Nikhil Lopes
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