Josep Guardiola will be taking hold of the reins at FC Bayern Munich on 26 June.
Early days: Barca's former Dutch coach Johan Cruyff (l.) recognised Guardiola had something special
Guardiola was soon to become a regular with the Spanish giants, pulling the strings in the
At the age of 21, Guardiola (r., against Bayern's now-sporting director Matthias Sammer) earned his first Spain cap.
Years abroad: In 2001, 30-year-old "Pep" opted for a move to Serie A side Brescia Calcio,
Guardiola (r.) had two brief spells with the northern Italian side, either side of a half-year stint with league rivals AS Roma
After two years in Italy, Guardiola (l.) opted for a surprise move to Qatari side Al-Ahly Sports Club, where the Santpedor-born midfield strategist spent another two campaigns, followed by a couple of months at Dorados de Sinaloa of Mexico before announcing the end of his playing career in July 2006
Upbeat: Then-Barca chairman Juan Laporta (l.) after Guardiola put pen to paper on his first contract of
Guardiola made an immediate impact at Barca, impressing in La Liga, the Cup and the UEFA Champions League, where
Bayern Munich were given a fair lesson in the first leg and finished the job with a 1-1 draw in the return leg
Guardiola's men went on to become European champions, overcoming Manchester United FC in the 2009 Rome
Guardiola finished a remarkable first year in charge with a treble...
Lionel Messi (l.) was at heart of Barcelona's success, Guardiola favouring the
Barcelona's never-exhausted competition with Spanish giants Real Madrid gained added spice
Only two years after beating off Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final, the sides met again to compete for
...helping the Catalans to one of their 14 trophies Guardiola collected during his four-year stint at
In 2012, Guardiola (l.) announced his decision to step down, with assistant coach Tito
Guardiola (l., with German 1990 FIFA World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus) was voted
The future Bayern tactician is one of only six coaches to have enjoyed repeated Champions League