Six national teams we’d love to see Man City coach Pep Guardiola chasing World Cup dream – Dominic Farrell
Pep Guardiola was able to see the headlines within a mile when asked if he would like to manage England one day.
“No, no, no… Gareth Southgate is doing an incredible job,” replied the Manchester City manager in an often jovial pre-match briefing for Sunday’s game against West Ham.
“Did he extend the contract?” Congratulations!”
Nonetheless, Pep has once again asserted his desire to take charge of a national team at some point in his career.
“I have said many times that when we finish our way here, the pleasure of living a World Cup… I would like to live it,” he said.
Guardiola certainly wouldn’t run out of deals and we’ve picked out the posts below which in their own way would be perfect matches.
Pep was told it would be a ‘no brainer’ for him to take the reins of Southgate when the time comes, and you can certainly see the logic.
The stamp of City and therefore of Guardiola is everywhere on the Three Lions. Against Hungary in October, five of the starting eleven were from Premier League champions.
This is before considering Guardiola’s wider impact on English football and coaches at all levels by taking and adapting elements of his signing style. His love of football in this country has only deepened in the past five years and that would seem like a logical next step.
Guardiola played 47 times for Spain between 1992 and 2001, although a fall with coach Javier Clemente caused him to miss Euro 96 and a serious calf injury ruled him out of the World Cup 1998.
His full debut, against Northern Ireland in a scoreless World Cup qualifier in October 1992, came after playing for the team that won an emotional gold at the Olympic Games in 1992 in Barcelona.
However, as we will see below, Guardiola coaching the country he represented for almost a decade is a bit more complicated than this synopsis suggests …
As Johan Cruyff’s main football disciple, there is said to be an undeniable romanticism in Pep as the head of the Oranje.
Dutch football has returned to its Total Football roots in recent years after the stubborn pragmatism that led them to the 2010 World Cup final and the semi-finals four years later.
It would certainly be nice to have a City association with one of the most famous teams in Europe other than Nigel de Jong who crushes his crampons in the rib cage of Xabi Alonso! As much as we all love you, Nige.
The window is closing on any prospect of Guardiola leading Lionel Messi internationally and from City’s perspective it is hoped it will close completely as Pep extends his stay in Manchester beyond 2023.
But his affinity for a football mad nation runs far deeper than an association with its most famous pupil.
In October 2006, after ending his playing career, Guardiola embarked on a sort of voyage of discovery to Argentina – spending hours at Marcelo Bielsa’s ranch discussing football on barbecues, as he searched. also the advice of coach Cesar, winner of the 1978 World Cup. Menotti.
“He didn’t come to Argentina to ask how it was done,” Menotti said, offering a seal of approval. “He already knew his stuff.
But Guardiola is no loyalist of any kind when it comes to South America’s biggest footballing rivalry. He also adores Brazil and, from Romario to Fernandinho, has been associated with many of the country’s best throughout his career as a player and coach.
“Pep could handle the Brazil squad perfectly – and I have no doubts he would improve it,” Pep’s former assistant Domenec Torrent told Globoesporte last year.
“Pep has a special feeling for Brazilian players. He has worked with Brazilians in Barcelona, Bayern [Munich] and City. In fact, he has a preference for Brazilians because they are very versatile and can adapt to any type of football.
While many of the above choices would qualify as romantic, this post would be especially special for Pep.
First of all, it should be noted that Catalonia is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and therefore cannot participate in major competitions. Nonetheless, they have played exhibition matches and friendly matches for over a century.
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Between 2009 and 2013 they were led by Guardiola’s great mentor Cruyff, and Pep – a supporter of Catalan independence – proved to be for the team five times between 2005 and 2015.
It’s his political stance on a place Guardiola still calls “my country”, as well as his strong support for Catalan self-determination in recent years, that would arguably complicate any path to work in Spain.
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