16 de enero de 2013 (19:32 CET)Pep Guardiola, the most valued and sought-after coach in the globe, is to take the helm for the next three seasons at Bayern Munich. The German side announced the signing at 16:51 hours in the evening through its official Twitter account. Minutes later the most eagerly awaited sporting piece of news was officially put up on the club's official website.
Bayern Munich, whose accounts are considered to be the most streamlined in Europe, has wooed Guardiola by means of its sound sporting structure and a history sprinkled with accolades and trophies. The ex-coach at FC Barcelona has also had to take into account the standing of legendary players of the Bavarian side in the club's management. Uli Hoeness, three-time European Champion playing for Bayern and European and World Champion with the German National team, is the current chairman, while Karl-Heinz Rummenigge holds the sporting director post and Franz Beckenbauer, widely viewed as best ever German player, holds the honorary chair.
Takes over from Heynckes
Bayern announced the signing of Guardiola after a meeting between Rummenigge and Jupp Heynckes, current manager at Bayern -its contract was due to expire next 30th of June-. 'Heynckes could only be replaced by a manager with the status of Guardiola', stressed Hoeness. 'He is among the most prestigious coaches in the world and we are glad to have signed him, since he was sought by various mighty European sides. All German football is to benefit from Guardiola's presence at the Bundesliga', pointed out Rummenigge.
The German side, by means of its website, emphasized Guardiola's achievements as a footballer and Barça manager. Similarly, Johan Cruyff's positive influence on him was also mentioned. And, in any case, the six out of six trophies that the Catalan side scooped in 2009 have been given a prominent position. In what was the best year ever for Barça, the Catalan maestros crushed the German champion in the Champions League quarter finals. It was 4-0 in the Nou Camp (Messi scored two, Eto'o and Henry in first half) while the Allianz Arena match ended with a 1-1 draw.
Four times King of Europe
The Bavarians have snapped up the German championship up to 22 times, and are leading this year's overall standings with 42 points, nine points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, second best side. Guardiola's big challenge, however, is set to be the Champions League, competition which has not been won by the Bavarian side since 2001 in Milan -when beat Valencia 2-1 in the penalty shootout-. Champions League runner-up in 2010 and 2012, Bayern Munich has four continental trophies on its track record, as many as Barça has. The first batch of three were won in 1974, 1975 and 1976 with Franz Beckenbauer as crucial player.
Guardiola, world's best manager in 2011 and winner of 14 out of 19 possible trophies with Barça from 2008 to 2012, has chosen a stable sporting project at the expense of offers that fared financially well above, as revealed by Diario Gol on 3rd of December 2012. 'Guardiola has received many offers. Rumor has it that Chelsea and Manchester City are after him, but the most appealing offers come from teams that up to now are on a winning streak', declared then a trusted person of the Catalan's coach circle of friends. Manchester United and, to a lesser extent, AC Milan, were then preferred destinations of Guardiola, who finally has picked Munich as his next bench to rule. And so, Pep is to be Bayern's new Kaiser.