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Pirlo v Nesta was a classic duel back in our Milanello days. We’d get in early, have breakfast at 9am and then shut ourselves in our room and hit the PlayStation until 11. Training would follow, then we’d be back on the computer games until four in the afternoon. Truly a life of sacrifice.

Our head-to-heads were pure adrenaline. I’d go Barcelona and so would Sandro. Barça v Barça. The first player I’d pick was the quickest one, Samuel Eto’o, but I’d still end up losing a lot of the time. I’d get pissed off and hurl away my controller before asking Sandro for a rematch. And then I’d lose again.

It’s not like I could use the excuse that his coach was better than mine: it was Pep Guardiola for him and Pep Guardiola for me. At least in terms of our manager we set out on a level footing.

One day we thought about kidnapping him. The flesh and bones, real-life version that is. It was August 25, 2010, and we were with Milan at the Nou Camp for the Gamper pre-season tournament. We thought better of our hostage-taking in the end. To avoid constantly falling out, we’d have needed to saw him in two when we got back to Italy, and that wouldn’t have been a good idea. How the poor thing would have suffered.

As it transpired, the notion of abduction had crossed Guardiola’s mind before ours. That very night at the Nou Camp, he whisked me away from my nearest and dearest. Looking back, perhaps those people weren’t actually as close to me as I thought but, anyway, on with the story.

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— Andrea Pirlo (x)

Pep wanted Pirlo in Barcelona.

You’d be the icing on the cake. We’re looking for a midfielder to alternate with Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets, and that midfielder is you

And according to Pirlo

As with Real Madrid (in fact, even more so than with Real Madrid), I’d have crawled to Barcelona on all fours. At that time, they were the best team in the world – what more needs to be said? Their brand of football hadn’t been seen in a long time; all little first-time passes and an almost insane ability to maintain possession.

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One day we thought about kidnapping [Guardiola]. The flesh and bones, real-life version that is. It was August 25, 2010, and we were with Milan at the Nou Camp for the Gamper pre-season tournament. We thought better of our hostage-taking in the end. To avoid constantly falling out, we’d have needed to saw him in two when we got back to Italy, and that wouldn’t have been a good idea. How the poor thing would have suffered.

"You’ve got to come here, Andrea. I’ve always liked you as a player. I want to coach you."

I immediately thought of Sandro – he’d die of jealousy when I told him. I was taking away the 50% of Guardiola that belonged to him.

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Extract from the autobiography of Andrea Pirlo, in which Pirlo and Alessandro Nesta obsess over Pep Guardiola (via stickmarionette)

Four of Europe’s best tacticians in Champions League semi-finals. 

Lost In Translation [x]

Meanwhile in Germany…

futbol-est-mea-passionis:

German magazine Elle chose their top 3 sexiest men of the world…
1. Chris Hemsworth
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2. Elyas M’Barek (German actor)
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3. Pep Guardiola
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“he has class, elegance, and lots of charisma” (Elle mag.)

BTW he debunked both Ryan Gosling & Leonardo Di Caprio according to the magazine.

Pep says he isn’t sure if Alex Ferguson offered him the Man Utd because he didn’t understand him. Funny!

miasanrich:

└ FC Gayern:

Pep Guardiola + Matthias Sammer

miasanrich:

FC Gayern:

Pep Guardiola + Matthias Sammer

"I’m happy Liverpool are coming back, they are awesome. It’ll be good for the Champions League next season."
Pep Guardiola on Liverpool (via kopzone)
tagged → #pep guardiola #liverpool
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To win the title at such an early stage is an unbelievable achievement by Bayern.

Congratulations to Bayern, and above all to coach Pep Guardiola. He has improved the team even further, and you can see his mark on their dominance and ball possession.

I’m naturally happy for our national team players at Bayern - the title should give them a further boost. We have another greater goal together this year. Bayern have every chance of repeating their success of last season

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— Joachim Löw  
"With me they would not have had the success they had with Tito Vilanova"
— Pep Guardiola When asked about barcelona’s 100 points
"Maybe I did not explain myself well. It was a purely personal matter. I felt the moment had come.

They are responsible for all the successes we achieved, just like those of Bayern. Barca’s players motivate themselves. I did not teach Xavi or Iniesta to play.

We coaches are there to give them a hand, but they have played that way for 20 years. Coaches do not make players play well. They played well enough without me."
— Pep Guardiola