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pep guardiola saved my pdf. Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [Ê'uËˆzÉ›b É¡wÉ™É¾Ã°iËˆÉ”lÉ™]; born 18 January. ) is a Spanish.
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- Pep Guardiola: The six songs that define my life, love, football and family
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- Pep Guardiola: The six songs that define my life, love, football and family - BBC Sport
- Every word of Pep Guardiola's BBC interview - Manchester, music and the Arena attack
I love this song, you cannot imagine how much. It puts me in the best of myself when I listen - it's a masterpiece. Every time we go out we always sing this song together. I like that, after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people, you know? Like in the video when everyone is in silence and one woman starts to sing the song and everybody sings, that is a moment, it was so touching for my family and for myself.
When the attack happened, I was at home with my son, and my wife and daughters were there - they were at the arena. She called me but the line broke immediately. She told me "something happened and we are running but I don't know what happened" and the line broke. We tried to call her again and it didn't work; we went to the the arena and after five or six minutes she rang again and said: At the end we were lucky. Many people suffered, and we were lucky. Life is like this. We were in a better position than many unfortunate ones. With music, sometimes it's the tones, sometimes it's the lyrics.
This song will be the one that reminds me of the period of my life in Manchester. I listen a lot to this song. I like it, I like a lot Bill Fay. It's the perfect song to stay at home when you read a book, being with the kids and listening. Every man has his own escape and when I am exhausted, immediately it is home. Only at home I feel safe.
I mean safe in terms of not being observed. I close the door and I feel safe. I know my job from 18, 19 years old. I have lived many years in this type of life and it's not a problem, I understand, I play that game. But when I escape it's home. Home, home, wife, kids - it's the only place where I can do whatever I want, where I am free to do all the silly and stupid things and not be judged.
My wife Cristina, the lovely kids we have, it's because she was there. My family know that I am there but I am not there. Sometimes I'm at home but not at home. My job is demanding a lot. Cristina is an incredible woman, not just an incredible mother.
If we were talking about moving to New York, Munich and here, if she decides not to come I won't come. I will not be here - I cannot be alone in this kind of job without my family. Serrat is one of the best singers in Catalunya in Spain, and this song always bring me happiness. I like it a lot. The Sant Joan party that the song talks about is a typical party in Catalunya, celebrated on 23 June with fire on the beach or in the street, everybody dancing, having fun.
I was not a guy who went to a lot of parties. At 13 years old I was going to Barcelona's academy. I always tried to be focused and I never went to discos or to pubs to drink a lot. But in the summer, when school was finished, everyone would go to the Sant Joan party and it's a song that reminds me a lot of my little, little town of Santpedor when I was young. I think it's impossible to have lived a better childhood, to have been a happier little boy than I was. We were not a wealthy family. We were normal people, more poor than rich, in a little town, and every day I was in the streets with no traffic lights, no cars, always playing, bicycling, football, basketball, tennis, pool.
I remember absolutely that. I would wake up, go out to the street, then school, then back out on the street until mum said: OK it's time to have dinner and come back home. Times have changed so much, and I am not complaining, but I think kids miss that a little bit now, especially if you live in big cities. I have lived in Barcelona, New York, Munich, now here in Manchester, but I was so happy in that period in my life - I have amazing memories.
I am not the same as I was when a kid. That's normal; I am not the same as last year. But the basics are the same. The education you receive from parents, school, your friends, it's always something you carry for the rest of your life, but we change. I was a boy and now I am a father; maybe in a few years I will be a grandfather. It is one of the best love songs I have heard in my life. Sometimes when I meet English people, I would like to translate this song.
This is a real, real song. Lluis Llach is one of my inspirations, a Catalan singer, he is a legend in Catalunya. He is like the most loved and popular guy, like Serrat, for many songs but this one especially. I discovered it as a teenager, the first love, the second love, and it really is part of my life, definitely.
I'm not shy to say how I love my people. Maybe the opposite, maybe I say too many times how I love them. In that I feel so Latin - my face or my body language always expresses perfectly what I feel in that moment, I am not escaping or hiding. With my players, sometimes I think many times: Don't do that Pep. Even now I don't know if I should show too much love because sometimes you suffer more if you get too close to your players.
But in football the passion is on the field, sometimes I need to hug them, I don't need to talk to them. People forget we are human beings. People believe we are like ice, cold, a machine. That is far away from who we really are. Anything you need, anything you want, you have it there. You will have to pay - it is a service city - but you will have it. My kids learned English there.
When we arrived they didn't have a single word and after five, six months they spoke fluently, perfect. The charisma of that city, everyone who has been there wants to go back, it is a very special place. I thought it would be a nice place to spend one year away from football. Of course you are always connected, but living there and not in Europe, it is completely different. It was a good moment. I arrived and stayed the first month and then signed a contract to go to Bayern Munich.
I started to study German. It is so complicated to learn.
Pep Guardiola: The six songs that define my life, love, football and family
Three or four hours a day in the morning with the grammar, after two months I thought: I'm going to call and break the contract. It was a one-off. Montoya is recalling the evening of Nov 25, when, 14 minutes into a La Liga fixture away at Levante, right-back Dani Alves went off injured. Barcelona won and a dream was realised for Montoya, a Catalan, and for the club.
Three years earlier it was not Vilanova but his predecessor Pep Guardiola who had given Montoya his break at Barcelona in a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Because he takes a team and educates them about football. He is very intelligent and he explains to every individual player what he wants.
That is his greatest strength — how he takes a player aside and coaches him individually, one-on-one. And he always says the same thing: And he knows what to expect when he faces City at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola: The six songs that define my life, love, football and family - BBC Sport
L ike Montoya, Guardiola is a product of La Masia and it is fascinating to hear an insight into what that represents. But it is more than that. It is something that you take with you for the whole of your life. Everything you gain at La Masia will affect your life every day, with your studies as well, which are very important. And every day all of the coaches are watching, observing and taking notes. It is not just about playing football or being one of the best players there it is very important to them how you behave and study at the same time.
It is very important to be educated. The library is as important as the pitch.
Every word of Pep Guardiola's BBC interview - Manchester, music and the Arena attack
But it also helps you in your life beyond football. If you have a clean head — a clear head, as you say — then you know what to do. I was studying for a degree in PE at university. I have not finished — not yet. I have done all the work, on all the subjects and just have my final assignment to complete.