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Zidane speaks out in defence of Pepe

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 by Supersport.com161 hits

Zinedine Zidane has jumped to the defence of Pepe and Jose Mourinho, who have both been subject to intense criticism in local media after Real Madrid's King's Cup defeat to Barcelona during the week. Mourinho's "negative" tactics in the 2-1 quarterfinal first leg home loss and Pepe's stamp on Lionel Messi's hand have seen the normally supportive Madrid-based press turning on the Portuguese pa...Full Story »

Pepe apologises for Messi stamp

Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 by ESPN173 hits

Real Madrid defender Pepe has apologised for his apparent stamp on Lionel Messi's hand in Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona. But the Portugal international insisted the act, which was missed at the time by the referee, was "unintentional". The 28-year-old was branded "shameful" and "embarrassing" in the Spanish press following the incident during the Copa del Rey quarter-...Full Story »

Madrid’s Pepe apologizes for Messi foot stomp

Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 by YAHOO Sport43 hits

Real Madrid defender Pepe has apologized to Lionel Messi for stepping on the Barcelona forward’s hand in his team’s 2-1 loss in the Copa del Rey, saying that it wasn’t intentional. Pepe told Real Madrid’s website Thursday that “as far as the play with Leo Messi, I want to say that it was an involuntary act.” The Portugal international added that “even ...Full Story »

Guardiola wary of Madrid threat

Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Supersport.com127 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola heads into his 13th Clasico on Wednesday insisting his impressive record against Real Madrid counts for nothing. Guardiola has won eight of his 12 meetings against the Catalan club's arch rivals since taking over in summer 2008, losing on only one occasion. But he knows that will have no bearing on Wednesday night's Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against J...Full Story »

Guardiola: Barca won’t sign, trusts youth players

Posted Saturday, January 14, 2012 by YAHOO Sport86 hits

Coach Pep Guardiola says Barcelona will rely on its youth players instead of reinforcing the squad through the winter transfer market. Guardiola said on Saturday that “we will fall back on our youth players until the end. Going to the market doesn’t guarantee anything … From the very beginning we designed a small squad because we believe in our youth program.” Barcelona...Full Story »

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic voted for Barcelona's Pep Guardiola as FIFA Coach of the Year

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by YAHOO Sport115 hits

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic voted for Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as his Coach of the Year at Monday's annual Fifa Ballon d'Or Gala in Zurich, AS reports. The Sweden skipper had a troublesome relationship with the successful trainer during his spell at Camp Nou, and recently hit out at Guardiola in his autobiography that was published in 2011. Nevertheless, Ibrahimovic did not let his...Full Story »

Guardiola named top coach - Ferguson receives special award from Blatter

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by skysports.com94 hits

Pep Guardiola: coach of the Year following stunning 2011 with Barcelona Pep Guardiola of Barcelona has been named as the FIFA Coach of the Year, while Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the presidential award for services to football. Guardiola, 40, led Barcelona to five trophies in 2011, including the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and a third consecutive S...Full Story »

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson advises Pep Guardiola to stay at Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by YAHOO Sport100 hits

Sir Alex Ferguson feels Pep Guardiola should ignore thoughts of succeeding him as Manchester United boss and instead remain with Barcelona. Ferguson recently stated that he intends to vacate the Old Trafford hot seat in three years and Guardiola has been put forward by many pundits as the ideal replacement for the legendary Scottish manager. With both men having been nominated for FIFA’s...Full Story »

Guardiola named FIFA Coach of the Year

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by YAHOO Sport53 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was named FIFA Coach of the Year for 2011 at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday. Guardiola, 40, led Barcelona to five trophies in 2011, including the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and a third consecutive Spanish La Liga title. The former Barcelona and Spain midfielder had been nominated alongside last year's winner Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid and Manchest...Full Story »

Espanyol vs Barcelona preview - Busquets wants long-term Pep deal

Posted Sunday, January 08, 2012 by PA50 hits

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has called for coach Pep Guardiola to take a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson's book and commit his long-term future to the reigning Spanish and European champions ahead of Sunday's return to Primera Division action at Espanyol. Guardiola has presided over an astonishing run of success at the Nou Camp since taking charge in 2008, with last month's victory in ...Full Story »

Guardiola voted best coach in the world

Posted Saturday, January 07, 2012 by ESPN253 hits

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has been named the "World's best club coach" by the International Football Federation of History & Statistics (IFFHS). Guardiola, who was given 201 points, finished way ahead of the likes of Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho and Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, who finished second and third respectively. It is the second time the Spanish coach has landed t...Full Story »

Pep undecided on Barcelona future

Posted Wednesday, January 04, 2012 by Supersport.com119 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he still has not signed a new contract with the European champions. Guardiola, whose current deal expires at the end of the season, says he has "not taken any decision" about his future. Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has been mentioned recently as a possible successor and Guardiola says the Chilean would be a good choice. Guardiola also dodged a que...Full Story »

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola expects Sir Alex Ferguson to continue as Manchester United boss for years to come

Posted Wednesday, January 04, 2012 by YAHOO Sport156 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has played down speculation linking him with Manchester United, revealing that he believes Sir Alex Ferguson will remain at the helm of the Premier League giants for many more years to come. Ferguson recently stated that he intends to retire in three years’ time and Guardiola has long been mooted as a potential replacement. However, the former Spain internat...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola: Barcelona players as hungry as ever for more titles

Posted Friday, December 30, 2011 by YAHOO Sport27 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says that his players still have an insatiable desire for silverware. The recent Club World Cup triumph in Japan means that the club has now won 13 trophies since the former Barca B coach took charge of the senior side in the summer of 2008. However, despite the remarkable run of success, Guardiola claims his players remain as motivated as ever. "It is perhaps th...Full Story »

Fabregas: Pep talks unbelievable

Posted Sunday, December 25, 2011 by ESPN143 hits

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says the amount of things he has learned from coach Pep Guardiola since joining the club in the summer has been "unbelievable". Fabregas left the club for Arsenal in his mid-teens but last summer returned as a 24-year-old looking to fulfill his dream of playing for the Catalans. The deal was initially looked at by some with skepticism as critics were unsure...Full Story »

Cesc Fabregas desperate for coach Pep Guardiola to stay at Barcelona

Posted Saturday, December 24, 2011 by YAHOO Sport327 hits

Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has been astounded by just how much he has learned from playing under Pep Guardiola since his return to Camp Nou in the summer. The 24-year-old midfielder has slotted seamlessly into the European champion's side since his transfer back to Spain, but insisted that it is his coach who deserves most of the credit for his impressive form. "My dream has been to be ...Full Story »

Guardiola riled by Villa quit reports

Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011 by ESPN110 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has dismissed Spanish media reports linking David Villa with a move away from the Nou Camp in the January transfer window. Sports newspaper Marca claimed oin Wednesday that the striker is ready to move on from Barca just 19 months into the four-year deal agreed following his 40million euro transfer from Valencia. The speculation over the Spain international's fu...Full Story »

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola allows stars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves to 'experience Japan' ahead of Club World Cup semifinal with Al Sadd

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport119 hits

No matter how many trophies Barcelona have won, even their players must sometimes rely on public transportation. This became apparent on Monday after midfielder Andres Iniesta posted a photo of himself riding the Tokyo Metro's Ginza line on his personal Twitter account. In the team's press conference, coach Pep Guardiola revealed that he told his players to go out and experience the best that J...Full Story »

Common sense counts, says football coach Guardiola

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport58 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says a "common sense" approach is a major factor behind his phenomenal success at the European champions, downplaying the role of tactics. The Spanish side romped to a 3-1 win away at Real Madrid at the weekend to leapfrog back to the top of La Liga, preventing their great rivals from establishing a potentially decisive lead at the top of the table. Switching thei...Full Story »

Guardiola wary of Real fightback

Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 by ESPN210 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola declared himself delighted after his side's 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. However, he warned Jose Mourinho's side will quickly bounce back in the title race. Barca conceded after only 23 seconds as Karim Benzema gave the hosts a dream start with the fastest ever El Clasico goal, but Alexis Sanchez levelled before the break and in the ...Full Story »

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