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Bayern hires Pep Guardiola

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Bayern hires Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich on Wednesday officially announced it had hired Pep Guardiola to coach next season for an undisclosed salary over three years.

\”Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world and we are sure that he can make not just Bayern, but all of German football shine,\” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement on the club\’s website.

The Bundesliga giants made the news official on their website, just one day after Bayern\’s media director Markus Horwick described claims the club had approached Guardiola to take over as \”complete rubbish.\”

Guardiola, who is the first Spanish manager of Bayern Munich since the club\’s promotion to the Bundelisga in 1965, had been linked with Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City as well as AC Milan in the past weeks.

\”As an adequate replacement for Heynckes only [someone] of Pep Guardiola\’s caliber came into question,\” said Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness.

Bayern Munich has appeared in two of the last three Champions League finals, losing to Inter Milan in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012. The club leads the league table by nine points with 17 matches played.

The former Barcelona boss, 41, who last month admitted he wanted to return to coaching after taking a year out, had been linked with the Bundesliga club, according to a report in Sky Sports Italy.

Guardiola won 14 titles with Barcelona before stepping down last season. He replaces Jupp Heynckes, 67, who is completing his third stint as Bayern coach and who told the team he wanted to end his career when his contract expires at the end of the season.

On Tuesday during an interview as part of the launch of celebrations marking the English Football Association\’s 150th anniversary, Guardiola said he wanted to manage in England.

\”It is unique, to play in that league,\” he told FATV. \”I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.

\”I have always found English football fascinating. The support of the home team is amazing.\”

Using the same FA video messaging platform from which Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho restated his intentions earlier this week, Guardiola outlined the lure English football holds for him too.

\”In Italy, Latin people will support you when they are playing and when you lose, they kill you,\” he said. \”In England, I\’m always surprised that people support everything. That is nice and why, maybe, as I am still young, just 41, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there.\”

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