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At 16:50 CET on Wednesday, 16 January 2013, FC Bayern Munich announced one of the greatest coups in their illustrious history: Former Barcelona <br>coach Josep Guardiola will be taking over the hot-seat at the Allianz Arena from current head coach Jupp Heynckes as of July 2013 Still only 41, Guardiola is not long out of a playing career which began with Barcelona in 1990. After coming through the youth ranks, the defensive midfielder <br>became a mainstay during one of the club's most successful eras, lifting six La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys, as well as the European Cup in 1992 As well as captaining the Under-23s to Olympic glory in 1992 - in Barcelona - Guardiola (l.) made 47 senior appearances for Spain. Though he never won a trophy with <i>La Furia Roja</i>, he did appear at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000, while missing EURO 1996 and the 1998 World Cup Following his Barcelona heyday, Guardiola moved to Italy with Serie A side Brescia, where he enjoyed two spells either side of an unhappy stint at AS Roma In 2003 the midfielder opted for a move to the Middle East with Qatari side Al-Ahli, following the lead of several big-name stars such as Gabriel Batistuta at the time. He ended his playing days in Mexico with Dorados de Sinaloa, completing a management course at a nearby school before hanging up his boots once and for all After a season in charge of the reserves, Guardiola took over the reins at his old club Barca in 2008 <br>and led them through an unprecedented four years of dominance both domestically and in Europe During his four years in charge of the Catalonians, he won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and three Spanish Supercups. His greatest triumphs, however, <br>were UEFA Champions League glory in 2009 and 2011. Two UEFA Supercups and two FIFA Club World Cups complete his list of honours to date At the end of the 2011/12 season Guardiola stunned football by stepping down from his role at Barca. Top clubs around Europe scrambled for his signature, prompting questions as to how the Spaniard would fare without the likes of Barca superstars Lionel Messi (l.), Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez at his disposal Rather than dive straight back into the mayhem of management, however, Guardiola opted for a year's sabbatical before it was announced <br>he would take over at FC Bayern Munich in July 2013, underscoring the Bundesliga's position as one of Europe's most attractive leagues
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