After much speculation about his future, Josep Guardiola I Sala - popularly known as "Pep Guardiola" has agreed terms with German Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich on a three year contract. FC Bayern Munich has confirmed that the present Manager Jupp Heynckes will be retiring at the end of the season when his contract expires with the Bavarians. Making the news known Karl Hans Rummenigge expressed
“We are delighted to have being able to persuade Pep Guardiola to join Bayern Munich in the wake of several competitions from top clubs in Europe. Pep is one of the most successful coaches and we are confident that he will bring a lot to Bayern Munich and particular the German League. We look forward to start working with him in July 2013.
But the question would arise why Bayern Munich- particularly in the face of several competitions from top clubs like Chelsea who would certainly give him a blank cheque, even though from a football perspective, no forward thinking coach would want to put a dent to his CV and quite obviously, the money was not his motivation, the answer is not farfetched, the German league have gone through rejuvenation over the last ten years.
Accord to German Football expert James Thorogood, he believes that that Bundesliga is getting the long overdue respect it deserves. All the German Clubs have gone through to the second round of the various European Competitions. He highlighted that the turning point for German was the exit of Germany at Euro 2000 from the group stage, The echelon decided to take the necessary steps to enhance development, They put a together proper youth policy that has cascaded down to the club level and the results are evident as clubs are producing young top class talent like Phillip Lalm, Bein Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze, Mezut Ozil and many more.
Thorogood believes that Guadiola’s choice of Bayern Munich could have influenced by several positive factors which are line with his philosophy
Bayern Munich plays similarly to Barcelona and they have good players that can adapt to Guadiola free flow pattern, more so Louis van Gaal an avid propagator of attacking football and one time manager of Barcalona of whom Guadiola played under impacted this philosophy in Munich .This foundation could have well laid the foundation on which Guadiola will build on and he is able to make his players pay attention to minute details
The Bavarian have a strong youth structure that churn out talent, this was in line with the youth policy as set up by the German Football authorities since 2001, and they are benefiting from such implementation.
History and Financial Muscle
Munich have a big history and are one of the biggest club in Europe, their position in the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions league attest to this fact, Bayern Munich have the same type of structure obtainable in Barcelona. Financial they have a very healthy margin, they might not benefit from the Middle East just Manchester City but they can afford to attract some of the best player.
The arrival of Guadiola could potentially attract the attention of the football world to the Bundesliga. The former Barcelona player and manager won thirteen trophies with a space of four years. He is currently spending one year sabbatical in New York.
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