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Otra manera de ganar es la primera biografía de Pep Guardiola, y la única en haber entrado a la intimidad futbolística y personal del hombre que revolucionó la manera de jugar convirtiéndose en el entrenador más exitoso del mundo. Desde la primera charla que dio en el vestuario cuando asumió hasta los motivos de las decisiones más difíciles, Guillem Balagué reconstruye la v Otra manera de ganar es la primera biografía de Pep Guardiola, y la única en haber entrado a la intimidad futbolística y personal del hombre que revolucionó la manera de jugar convirtiéndose en el entrenador más exitoso del mundo. Desde la primera charla que dio en el vestuario cuando asumió hasta los motivos de las decisiones más difíciles, Guillem Balagué reconstruye la vida y la mente de Guardiola a partir de entrevistas personales con él, con los principales futbolistas del Barcelona, además de entrenadores y jugadores rivales que sufrieron el talento blaugrana. Entre ellos, sir Alex Ferguson que, pese a perder dos finales de la Liga de Campeones contra el Barcelona, admira a Guardiola. Cómo es el hombre que consiguió un número extraordinario de títulos y cuál era su verdadera relación con los miembros clave de su entorno durante los maravillosos cuatro años en que estuvo a cargo del mejor equipo de la historia. Sin embargo, para Pep el triunfo iba acompañado de cierto drama personal: cada partido era uno menos en la élite, nunca se sintió lo suficientemente bueno en su trabajo, sus disputas con Mourinho le hicieron daño y padecía enormemente tomando decisiones hasta que dio por terminado el ciclo más exitoso del fútbol moderno para tomarse un año sabático antes de su esperado regreso al frente del Bayern Munich. Por todo esto, la vida de Pep Guardiola es también otra manera de ganar.


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Otra manera de ganar es la primera biografía de Pep Guardiola, y la única en haber entrado a la intimidad futbolística y personal del hombre que revolucionó la manera de jugar convirtiéndose en el entrenador más exitoso del mundo. Desde la primera charla que dio en el vestuario cuando asumió hasta los motivos de las decisiones más difíciles, Guillem Balagué reconstruye la v Otra manera de ganar es la primera biografía de Pep Guardiola, y la única en haber entrado a la intimidad futbolística y personal del hombre que revolucionó la manera de jugar convirtiéndose en el entrenador más exitoso del mundo. Desde la primera charla que dio en el vestuario cuando asumió hasta los motivos de las decisiones más difíciles, Guillem Balagué reconstruye la vida y la mente de Guardiola a partir de entrevistas personales con él, con los principales futbolistas del Barcelona, además de entrenadores y jugadores rivales que sufrieron el talento blaugrana. Entre ellos, sir Alex Ferguson que, pese a perder dos finales de la Liga de Campeones contra el Barcelona, admira a Guardiola. Cómo es el hombre que consiguió un número extraordinario de títulos y cuál era su verdadera relación con los miembros clave de su entorno durante los maravillosos cuatro años en que estuvo a cargo del mejor equipo de la historia. Sin embargo, para Pep el triunfo iba acompañado de cierto drama personal: cada partido era uno menos en la élite, nunca se sintió lo suficientemente bueno en su trabajo, sus disputas con Mourinho le hicieron daño y padecía enormemente tomando decisiones hasta que dio por terminado el ciclo más exitoso del fútbol moderno para tomarse un año sabático antes de su esperado regreso al frente del Bayern Munich. Por todo esto, la vida de Pep Guardiola es también otra manera de ganar.

30 review for Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Duffy

    Since Guillem Balague's English puts many UK sports journalists to shame, I was expecting a quick and easy read in a clear, idiomatic style, and I wasn't disappointed. What I really wanted from this book, and what Balague delivers, was some insight - both into the personality of Pep Guardiola, the most spectacularly successful football manager of the moment, and into the methods of coaching that produced, in the form of the current FC Barcelona team, one of the best football sides of all time. B Since Guillem Balague's English puts many UK sports journalists to shame, I was expecting a quick and easy read in a clear, idiomatic style, and I wasn't disappointed. What I really wanted from this book, and what Balague delivers, was some insight - both into the personality of Pep Guardiola, the most spectacularly successful football manager of the moment, and into the methods of coaching that produced, in the form of the current FC Barcelona team, one of the best football sides of all time. Balague provides both. Any fan of Barça - in fact, any real* football lover - will find something of interest in here. * Perhaps not any Real football lover. :-)

  2. 5 out of 5

    George

    Pep looked into the stands while everyone was waiting for his words. The stadium was near full to capacity with 88,044 spectators, sitting in anticipation. Some holding each other. Fully grown men trying to hide their tears. Young girls taking pictures on their phones to capture the moment. As everyone remained on their feet, Pep's dad, Valentí, had to sit down because his legs were trembling. The man considered the club's favourite son was leaving home, again. It was goodbye to an older brother Pep looked into the stands while everyone was waiting for his words. The stadium was near full to capacity with 88,044 spectators, sitting in anticipation. Some holding each other. Fully grown men trying to hide their tears. Young girls taking pictures on their phones to capture the moment. As everyone remained on their feet, Pep's dad, Valentí, had to sit down because his legs were trembling. The man considered the club's favourite son was leaving home, again. It was goodbye to an older brother for some, a father figure for others, a Messiah, even, for a few. An example of comportment, a leader, a role model, courteous, the ideal husband, the fiancé you dream of, the friend you share a beer with on a Saturday, a good man, healthy, calm and alternately passionate and measured according to what the moment requires. A nation, a club and its fans were feeling orphaned. Imagine. Imagine having to represent all those roles. The weight of all that, the pressure. Can you understand now why he had to go? This biography of Pep Guardiola is a fantastic read, telling the story of his childhood in Cataluña, his playing days for Barça and beyond, and then his rise to legend as coach of the best team in the world from 2008 - 2012. At the end of those four seasons, Pep shocked the world by leaving his boyhood club, claiming he had done all he could do and that the time he had enjoyed there was enough for him to leave on a high. Crucially, he believed he had come to the end of a cycle and did not want to lose himself or see the club lose through fatigue. Guillem Balague, a welcome gift to all English football fans because of his commentary on the Spanish game in our country, tells a wonderful story that captures all the key moments of Pep's time in charge of Barça - the happy times, the sad times, and what effect the emotional rollercoaster ride had on its players and manager through offering first-hand accounts from the people involved. Pep comes across as a deep and thoughtful sportsman, who, while being very obviously great at his job - perhaps even the best - has a rich internal life with ambitions and fears that we all share in some form or other. Like most real-life heroes he is truly great but acknowledges his all-too-human vulnerabilities. That is why I would say that not only is this one of the best sports biographies I have read, but it is an absolutely brilliant biography full-stop. While I was reading the book, Pep - at last - announced that he is coming to England. Now we know he will coach Manchester City FC next season and carry that club's hopes and dreams but what is most important is that he will bring his idiosyncratic "tiki-taka" playing style to a country caught in what I would say is a footballing crisis. At the time of writing this review, the ultimate underdogs Leicester City FC top the Premier League table through being a great counter-attacking side, making full use of the opportunities they get each and every game because they don't care to hold possession or play a dominant passing style. They choose not to have the ball for much of the 90 minutes but when they do have it, they make sure to make it count and leave a nasty bite. This is an amazing story in itself, but although I have a soft spot for Roy of the Rovers narratives, we are in need of a team that will lead the way with the aim of creating a perfect football style. Pep at Barça, and now at Bayern Munich, has demanded high performances from his players in key parts of the game. High percentage ball possession, extreme spacial awareness, and confidence in attack are three stand-out characteristics that his teams show. Perhaps that is the future for this crazy Premier League if Pep's City side leads the way: Pass and move, and make the football do the work while staying true to your vision. Or, put very simply in Pep's own words, 'When we have the ball, we can't lose it. And when that happens, run and get it back.' We will have to wait and see but if this book is an indicator as to what we should expect then I think the future is looking very bright for our national game. His side will lead the way and other teams will - hopefully - follow. Welcome to England, Pep!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Simon Adams

    A book about leadership, culture and implementing a philosophy and ethos, rather than your typical footballer biography. A little heavy in places and Balague is slightly too simpering in his over-evident admiration for Pep. That said, you can overlook this and enjoy and learn something.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Haris

    Fascinating, interesting and thorough book on Pep Guardiola, his view on football, leadership, philosophy and journey through the highest ranks of European football. The reader gets to follow him from the streets of Santpedor, the Catalan village where he was raised, to Barcelona, winning multiple honors as a player and later becoming a game-changing manager captivating the whole footballing world with his style of play. After winning everything with the legendary Barcelona side (08-12) the jour Fascinating, interesting and thorough book on Pep Guardiola, his view on football, leadership, philosophy and journey through the highest ranks of European football. The reader gets to follow him from the streets of Santpedor, the Catalan village where he was raised, to Barcelona, winning multiple honors as a player and later becoming a game-changing manager captivating the whole footballing world with his style of play. After winning everything with the legendary Barcelona side (08-12) the journey continues and the reader gets to follow him on his sabbatical and later when taking charge of Bayern and City although very briefly when compared to the Barcelona section. Key takeaways from the book are listed below: - Humility, civility and respect. Pep's mission was to implement a footballing philosophy that would not only be successful on the pitch but also serve as a platform to represent the values both he, Cruyff and Barcelona stood for, that is: humility, civility and respect. - Never abandon your principles. When becoming a coach in foreign countries, i.e. Germany and England, he would often hear that adaptation was crucial. Cruyff had taught him that "stay true to yourself and your principles, never abandon them or compromise them". This is probably where he differentiates himself as a manager/coach/person mostly as he always stood his ground and did not change even though the media, former coaches etc claimed he needed to. Never abandon you principles is a common theme in the book and helps you understand why Pep has become one of the most successful manager of all times, and surely the most influential. - Communication is key. Pep (through the author) is eager to reiterate that tactics, ideas and vision are pretty much useless unless you know how to communicate this to the players. Pep's team talks, his preparation and how he motivates the player really gets the reader to understand how hard it is to achieve that level of communication. The reader gets frequent access to one-on-one talks between Pep and different players or the whole team where he uses unconventional methods to ignite a spark and create motivation. - "My way of winning". Even though several doubters, critics and where emphasizing the importance of "adaptation", Pep never budged and always reiterated that it's "my way of winning". Overall, a great read on a legendary manager (player as well), his childhood and his ups and downs as manager for several European clubs. The main reason why I haven't rated it 5* is due to the fact that his tactical concepts aren't explained (a more thorough walk-through would have been appreciated) sufficiently. Also, the lack of information about Pep as a person and one-on-one interviews with him is something that was really missing. A lot of the book is actually about his nemesis José Mourinho as well and not something the reader actually wants to know when finding out who Pep is. But besides these things, a solid 4* and great book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ale

    I actually started reading this on the recommendation of a coworker (the same one who told me to read Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics) and I felt that with Guardiola now the manager of Bayern, I really ought to learn more about him and his style. What I didn't expect was to find an entertaining, well-written account of Guardiola's career, from star player to the prodigal son returning to lead Barcelona to unprecedented glory. Balague is apparently a reported on Sky who pri I actually started reading this on the recommendation of a coworker (the same one who told me to read Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics) and I felt that with Guardiola now the manager of Bayern, I really ought to learn more about him and his style. What I didn't expect was to find an entertaining, well-written account of Guardiola's career, from star player to the prodigal son returning to lead Barcelona to unprecedented glory. Balague is apparently a reported on Sky who primarily covers La Liga, and his knowledge is evident throughout, as is his dedication to retrieving as much of the facts as possible. The language is easy to follow and full of warmth; this is clearly the account of a man who loves and respects Guardiola a lot. The introduction, by Sir Alex Ferguson, asks why Guardiola ever left Barcelona. The book then endeavours to ask that question, by using information from interviews with other managers, Barcelona players and Guardiola himself. It is a truly touching account of a man who gave his all both as a player and as a manager, and for whom Barcelona will always be home. It also explains why he ultimately had to leave, and what he hopes he will find at Bayern. The reason I didn't end up giving this book five stars is because I felt parts of it became repetitive. While for most the story of Pep at Barcelona is a familiar one, for me it largely wasn't. The fact that it's basically all summarised in the first chapter made it feel a bit... redundant to read on (especially initially). I am glad I did, after all, but ultimately I felt it could have been a bit better paced. That being said, I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a passing interest in perhaps one of the best managers in recent history. I very much look forward to seeing what he'll achieve with Bayern, and whatever projects Guardiola decides to undertake in future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fabrizio Poli

    This is a fascinating read into the life of football coach Pep Guardiola. The book covers his career as a player all the way to his second season in charge at Manchester City. Pep leads from different sports and applies what he learns into improving the game of football. It's great to see how he has adapted and won trophies in three different leagues so far. You can tell he still has a lot more to bring to the game. The book is very well written and I recommend it to anyone in sports or business. This is a fascinating read into the life of football coach Pep Guardiola. The book covers his career as a player all the way to his second season in charge at Manchester City. Pep leads from different sports and applies what he learns into improving the game of football. It's great to see how he has adapted and won trophies in three different leagues so far. You can tell he still has a lot more to bring to the game. The book is very well written and I recommend it to anyone in sports or business.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bahul

    great read .... the man and his principles, thoughts,inner demons all presented in a simple manner .... after reading it my perception of the beautiful game has evolved ...its not all about the score line or statistics but also about the values ,morals,passion,spirit and exhilaration that this game is instilled with which makes it a world winner and this game is safe in the hands of PEP and others like him ... adios ... joga bonito

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter K

    I should have really enjoyed this book, that is the thought that constantly rattled around my brian as I was reading it, but, apart from a few notable passages, this was not a book I enjoyed. I was a great admirer of the Barcelona team of 2008-2012 and what they achieved under Pep Guardiola's leadership and I was interested to gain some insight from this book as to what went on behoind the scenes to deliver such a dominant force over that period. For me, though, this book was too much akin to a ha I should have really enjoyed this book, that is the thought that constantly rattled around my brian as I was reading it, but, apart from a few notable passages, this was not a book I enjoyed. I was a great admirer of the Barcelona team of 2008-2012 and what they achieved under Pep Guardiola's leadership and I was interested to gain some insight from this book as to what went on behoind the scenes to deliver such a dominant force over that period. For me, though, this book was too much akin to a hagiography rather than a biography , at some points so saccarine as to make my teeth ache just ot read it. ( the prime example being a picture of Guardiola in thoughtful mode being captioned along the lines of " Pep never stops thinking about how to make the team better " Guillem Balague clearly interviewed subjects at length for this book but I found it troublesome his habit of quoting at length ( and apparently verbatim ) long tracts of dialogue that had apparently occured some years before - this worried me as it felt like revisionsism to a certain extent. The two most interesting passages relate to the signing and falling out with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and also some passages that dared to suggest that the control the Lionel Messi exerted over team decisions may have crossed a line. In the former case there is some good exploration of why the relationship broke down, in the latter we are left with implications hanging, left un examined. Overall this left me guessing that the author was both too close to the subject and also unwilling to explore some interesting lines of enquiry to understand better both the man and also how such magnificent football was delivered over those four years.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Toni SG

    I would recommend it to everyone. Not Barça fans only. Though it is about football, dressing rooms and Pep. Good pace and well balanced read within tactics, origins and even a bit of dressing room gossip. For the ones we lived Guardiola's four years at Barcelona becomes a beautiful collectiok of memories. For the ones that didnt dnjoy that team live... first watch a couple Madrid-Barça of that period to understand the level of football on display and see how those matches are the finest picture of I would recommend it to everyone. Not Barça fans only. Though it is about football, dressing rooms and Pep. Good pace and well balanced read within tactics, origins and even a bit of dressing room gossip. For the ones we lived Guardiola's four years at Barcelona becomes a beautiful collectiok of memories. For the ones that didnt dnjoy that team live... first watch a couple Madrid-Barça of that period to understand the level of football on display and see how those matches are the finest picture of the artistic process that starts with Cruyff and Guardiola excels and executes to the most thrilling stage. The writing reads effortlessly to the point of gripping you through a quick and enjoyable easy read. I would love to know more about his following adventures. Specially at Man City. For that we'll have to wait until Guardiola's next major succes. For when a second instalment?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Setiadi

    So much to learn from the maestro philosopher of modern football This is a very enjoyable book to read. As a diehard football fan with a weakness for tactics and philosophy behind every play, this book really hit the spot for me. And there's arguably no better person to analyse when it comes to tactical mastery than Pep Guardiola. And he really doesn't disappoints. The book eloquently portray the complete picture of Pep Guardiola, from the days of his childhood, to La Masía, to becoming the capta So much to learn from the maestro philosopher of modern football This is a very enjoyable book to read. As a diehard football fan with a weakness for tactics and philosophy behind every play, this book really hit the spot for me. And there's arguably no better person to analyse when it comes to tactical mastery than Pep Guardiola. And he really doesn't disappoints. The book eloquently portray the complete picture of Pep Guardiola, from the days of his childhood, to La Masía, to becoming the captain of Barcelona, to exile, to assembling what in my opinion as the most exciting team ever play the game of football (Barcelona 2008-2012, that won 14 trophies in just under 4 years). All the struggles, the hard works, the fighting, the opportunities, the doubts, the glories, the pressure, the ecstatic joys, the meticulously planned rules, the passion for the club all written grippingly by Guillem Balague. The same template is repeated with the coverage of Pep's time in Bayern München (2013-2016, that won 7 trophies in 3 years) where Pep’s footballing philosophy was implemented with much greater varieties and insane evolution of the modern game. For instance, at one match he deployed a 2-3-5 formation that left only 2 defenders, Xabi Alonso as a holding midfielder plus 2 full backs that turned into midfielders, and the remaining 5 as strikers (a pyramid formation last used in the 1890s!), or another match where Bayern changed formation 7 times, or that match against Juventus where Pep used 4 wingers at once (and won). The book also illustrate the difficulties of managing star players and their inflated egos, especially when there are more than 1 star competing for the same spots, as well as the difficulties of transferring Pep's philosophy onto several rigid or entitled players. And it also portrays a vivid picture of the pressure that football managers constantly receive from the fans, the club hierarchies, and the media. While the football stories are fantastic, I actually learn a lot more from the way Guardiola conduct himself. From his discipline, intellect, and respect for others, to the way he carry himself in many different situations, to how he meticulously planning ahead of the opportunities and risks, how he revamp the club to embody his footballing philosophy (even arranging different lunch seating all the time to ensure no small groups formed within the squad), down to practicing the small specific moves after analysing the opponent and/or the situation. Lessons that can be implemented in many other areas of life. Perhaps my favourite part of the book is when on top of having learned from being managed by top coaches such as Cruyff, Robson, Van Gaal, Mazzone, and Capello, before taking the job as a coach Guardiola still travels around Argentina to learn a lot from coaching legends Ricardo La Volpe, César Luis Menotti, and of course the fabled meeting with Marcelo Bielsa where he spent 11 hours in Bielsa’s villa and came out of it bringing a book full of notes from cover to cover. My other favourite part of the book is at the very last chapter when Pep talked on Catalan radio in memory of Johan Cruyff that has just recently died, which reveals a lot about Pep's footballing philosophy that is heavily influenced by Cruyff's way of thinking. The only drawback for me is the untidy timeline of the book. Yes it reads like a documentary, with all the back and forth in the timeline, which is fine. Exciting, in fact. But it is exactly because of this that many topics become overlapping, with the unnecessary intention of seeing several events from different vantage points (from Pep, from the players, from the club president, etc). For example, it occurs in the story of Pep vs Mourinho, which was already told in the early chapters but then repeated in part III chapter 6, and it is also occurs in the story of problems with Zlatan Ibrahimović that was scattered across the chapters that makes it confusing in which season did he exactly played for Barca. But it is perhaps most obviously occur in the story of the end of Pep's tenure in Barca, which was told at such gruesome length right at the beginning of the book, which then proceeded to be re-told again 4-5 more times. But nevertheless, in the end of the day it is a beautifully written book, a very thorough book. A book that paid attention to so much details that Pep himself probably could not express his life and his philosophy this well. It is a book that teaches us a lot about the modern game of football and its arguably maestro inventor. And it is a very passionate book written by someone who clearly live and breathe football. The book ends with one chapter about Pep's move to Manchester City in 2016 and his potential set up for the English Premier League team. And as we all now know in 2021, Pep eventually has a tremendous success at City, with this season the club is on the way of winning Pep's 3rd league crown, his 9th trophy overall in 5 seasons. And so, his success story continues.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    I'd imagine this is often described as 'comprehensive' and was mostly about Guardiola's tenure at Barcelona, although it does touch on his playing career and Bayern stint as well. Unlike poorer and lazier biographies, the manager is always the focus and so this is a genuinely insightful book. Balague has conducted interviews with Guardiola and a lot of his players for this book, and this really shows as his personality is examined and there are personal accounts rather than just newspaper excerpt I'd imagine this is often described as 'comprehensive' and was mostly about Guardiola's tenure at Barcelona, although it does touch on his playing career and Bayern stint as well. Unlike poorer and lazier biographies, the manager is always the focus and so this is a genuinely insightful book. Balague has conducted interviews with Guardiola and a lot of his players for this book, and this really shows as his personality is examined and there are personal accounts rather than just newspaper excerpts. Together this adds up to an admiring, but not fawning, portrait of a very successful manager. Balague steers clear of listing results and instead focuses on fewer, more critical events where Guardiola has a direct influence, which give a good impression of how he acts on a day-to-day basis as manager, which is often missing in manager biographies. Perhaps a more critical tone could have been employed at times though, as Pep and the author both admit he is imperfect, without ever really giving any examples of his mistakes, brushing off 'having a few regrets' without expanding on them. The only mistake alluded to is Guardiola asking his Bayern team how they'd like to play against Madrid, or 'my mistake was not imposing my methods' in other words. The Bayern section is also weaker than the detailed Barcelona story, and I never fully understood how he was considered a bit of a weird outsider but on the receiving end of very generous offers to extend his contract. Not only does this lack some of the Barcelona detail, but the new edition doesn't seem to edit the last ending particularly well, changing tenses and in need of amending to make it more polished. That doesn't mean the Bayern section was poor, just that it didn't match the very strong original, and there are lots of details that I've picked up from other journalists elsewhere - unless Balague has not referenced his sources, he clearly has a lot of very good contacts close to Guardiola - that meant this was illuminating, and a much better biography than average for a figure in football.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    Great read that gives insight into the life and mind of Pep Guardiola. Very inspirational when learning about the things that drive Pep to be successful, and give a a good feeling of personal motivation when reading. As someone who admires Guardiola for what he has done in the game of football his personal story described in more detail by Balague was very interesting. The only criticism I would have is the lack of a clear structure in the book; although the majority of it follows a linear proce Great read that gives insight into the life and mind of Pep Guardiola. Very inspirational when learning about the things that drive Pep to be successful, and give a a good feeling of personal motivation when reading. As someone who admires Guardiola for what he has done in the game of football his personal story described in more detail by Balague was very interesting. The only criticism I would have is the lack of a clear structure in the book; although the majority of it follows a linear process, some of the stories and anecdotes flick and change between different periods of time which can create a bit of confusion. All in all would definitely read if you are interested in the story of Pep Guardiola.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Doug Thompson

    An incredible insight in to what makes, arguably the best coach in world football, tick! There are so many lessons to be learned from Pep's passion, attitude and sheer determination to do stick to his guns whilst constantly innovating and reshaping the game that we know and love. His leadership and man management can be admired, not only from a footballing perspective, but for any and all industries and walks of life! With each page, I found myself wanting nothing more than to get back in to a c An incredible insight in to what makes, arguably the best coach in world football, tick! There are so many lessons to be learned from Pep's passion, attitude and sheer determination to do stick to his guns whilst constantly innovating and reshaping the game that we know and love. His leadership and man management can be admired, not only from a footballing perspective, but for any and all industries and walks of life! With each page, I found myself wanting nothing more than to get back in to a classroom or on to a football pitch! Another Way of Winning is a truly fascinating account of Pep's relationships with his family, friends, players, teammates, the media and more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arnau Jimenez Marin

    Wonderful insight on everything that is Pep Guardiola, but not only. I'm Catalan, a big Barça fan and an even bigger admirer of Pep. This book taught me a lot about how he is as a man, a coach, a leader and in some cases (albeit rarely) as an enemy. Even though I wished the book contained more tactical analysis and had a bigger focus on how he does his job, I was extremely fascinated with all the parts regarding his game planning and all the anecdotes about particular matches or training session Wonderful insight on everything that is Pep Guardiola, but not only. I'm Catalan, a big Barça fan and an even bigger admirer of Pep. This book taught me a lot about how he is as a man, a coach, a leader and in some cases (albeit rarely) as an enemy. Even though I wished the book contained more tactical analysis and had a bigger focus on how he does his job, I was extremely fascinated with all the parts regarding his game planning and all the anecdotes about particular matches or training sessions. All in all I think I learned a lot from this book thanks to Guillem Balague and I really recommend this read to everyone how loves football. So "fasten your seat belts"!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nishant

    No doubt this was a great read and i learnt a lot about Pep as a person and his tactics in Barcelona. But still writing of the book didn't satisfy me. it was kind of very vague. any topic could pop up in any chapter. research in this book was good but this book could have been great with some systematic writing. Content wise this book has lots of information which you will not find anywhere like some of the one to one interactions between players and Pep. Recommended for everyone to read this bo No doubt this was a great read and i learnt a lot about Pep as a person and his tactics in Barcelona. But still writing of the book didn't satisfy me. it was kind of very vague. any topic could pop up in any chapter. research in this book was good but this book could have been great with some systematic writing. Content wise this book has lots of information which you will not find anywhere like some of the one to one interactions between players and Pep. Recommended for everyone to read this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abin Arjun

    One of the finest footballing books I have read till now. Gives amazing insight on Peps's genius. A must read for all the aspiring football coaches out there on building a football ecosystem. The book chronicles his journey from being a star player to being a Barcelona B side coach to the first team manager. What he built with Barcelona is something spectacular and which has been well documented in this book. A very good read. One of the finest footballing books I have read till now. Gives amazing insight on Peps's genius. A must read for all the aspiring football coaches out there on building a football ecosystem. The book chronicles his journey from being a star player to being a Barcelona B side coach to the first team manager. What he built with Barcelona is something spectacular and which has been well documented in this book. A very good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Bradburn

    I reserve 5 stars for books I think anyone could enjoy. Though the subject matter is football, which I love, I genuinely think a wide variety of readers would enjoy this book. Reading about the often reserved character that is Pep Guardiola, the author really gets to the heart of his true character and motivations. I doubt you’d read this and not find something to apply to your own life afterwards.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paa Kwesi

    Pep Guardiola is an amazing coach whose claim to fame came at Barcelona. His attention to detail and his tactics is captivating. Learning from the likes of the legend Johan Cruyff himself, he brought to bare that philosophy of “total football” with him to the La Masia where he really showed what Barca can achieve playing the Barca way”tiki take”. This book goes beyond tactics and football philosophy. It give you a tour of the man Pep’s footballing brain

  19. 4 out of 5

    VIVEK

    An insight to the life of Pep Guardiola during his reign as the legendary player and manager of FC Barcelona. A well written book highlighting his major achievements and downfalls throughout his career. Many personal moments of joy and bitter sadness. Enjoyed it thoroughly. My first football read. Maybe the first of many. Muchas Gracias Pep! Thankyou for reinventing Barcelona and come back soon! We miss you. ♥️💙

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Coloma

    The book suffers from excessive hyperbole and long-winded descriptions, which add unnecessarily to the 400+ page count. Another aspect that weighs the reading down is the clear bias of the author (who is from Cataluña) who at several points comes across as a Pep apologist. The book does have some interesting and worthwhile nuggets that rescue the experience. The author blends his insights as a sports journalist to great effect during these moments.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sonya

    This book describes the beginning of Pep's managerial career. A thorough look at his record-breaking time at Barcelona behind-the-scenes, the difficulties of managing players while balancing the demands of the board. The pressures that each important match placed on Pep's shoulders is written in great detail, it shows why Pep needed to leave Barca even after all the success. This book describes the beginning of Pep's managerial career. A thorough look at his record-breaking time at Barcelona behind-the-scenes, the difficulties of managing players while balancing the demands of the board. The pressures that each important match placed on Pep's shoulders is written in great detail, it shows why Pep needed to leave Barca even after all the success.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Georges Fadel

    This book gives a thoroughly interesting account of how Guardiola managed FC Barcelona and the tricks to locate the key passages to gain an understanding from a technical perspective. It reveals the ruthless world of professional soccer coaching being told in a clear and direct manner. No glamour, just hardworking and systematic application of talent.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Optimus

    A great read. This book really portrays Guardiola in a good light,and really helps the reader to understand the genius,the madness,perfectionism,warmth and comradery and everything else that Pep Guardiola is and represents.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Libu Balakrishnan

    Decent book. A good read about his time at Barca. Beyond that it's a hurried close and methinks that Balague should have just stuck with his Barca days. Also disappointing that this seems like a politically correct "authorized" biography ! Decent book. A good read about his time at Barca. Beyond that it's a hurried close and methinks that Balague should have just stuck with his Barca days. Also disappointing that this seems like a politically correct "authorized" biography !

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shatterlings

    This is an in depth look at the career of Pep, it’s all interesting but has the feel in parts of being a selection of essays rather than a joined up biography. So sometimes it was a little repetitive and sometimes the tenses seem weird, but it’s well written and if you like Pep you’ll like this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richie Bryan

    Exceptional insight into the life and also the toll of football management.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shahbod

    The most important point of this book is a description of the details of Pep's career. Pep Guardiola's formula: Adherence to principles, permanent information The most important point of this book is a description of the details of Pep's career. Pep Guardiola's formula: Adherence to principles, permanent information

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Pritchard

    The first half of the book was fantastic, particularly the stuff looking at his playing career and the road to 2010. There are however, some very repetitive passages regarding his ideology and style.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Oisín McEvoy

    I am of the opinion that Guardiola is one of the most influential and brilliant managers the game of football has ever seen. However, this biography is the sycophantic ramblings of a fraud.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jan Wauters

    Nice biography

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