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Pep Guardiola: Munich's new sensation

Updated on July 2, 2013

More than a club

It is not just the honors, 21 German league in 47 years of history that has the Bundesliga, four European Cups and three Intercontinental Cups. Nor is it only the team takes place, respectively, in Munich, where, as the fans say, "the club is so Frauenkirche Munich as the" flagship church of the city, in Bavaria, a German region without become an angry Spanish nationality is much more than any other Land of the Federal Republic, and Germany, where FC Bayern has over 4000 fan clubs spread across the geography of the country. There's more. And who better than the veteran Paul Breitner, one of the football legends of the seventies to explain.

It all starts with a question about his 40-year perspective on the changes in football in general and Germany in particular. Breitner only see changes for the better. "It's like comparing a Seat of the seventies with the car now," he says, inspired by the past season at Real Madrid and it has a very good memory. "We had a square head football, a game of ten against ten in which each man had another in front. It was all very simple, there are now more and more spirit art, the style has become more elegant, "he says. However, what has evolved is not only the game, but football as a whole social phenomenon, explains.

"In our time the football was something vulgar, kicks and bad manners, many people despised him, was not part of society as it is now. Today almost everyone has something to do with football. Each large consortium and business needs to be linked to football, as a partner, sponsor, we have more than twenty global companies sponsoring, Audi, Siemens Samsung ... ".

Of the eighty million Germans, 50 million are fans in one way or another and between 25 and 30 million identify with a club. At that sociology ranging from colors you wear sweatpants at home after returning from gigs, to advertising that takes the yogurt ingested while watching TV, FC Bayern München brings together ten million citizens. "It's huge," said Breitner, "after eating, drinking, working, family, football has become one of the most important things in this country." "30 years ago it was not: the football was not part of our life," he says.

Maybe that was universal change that has occurred almost everywhere but in Germany has happened in a particularly profound.

In Germany the stadiums are full and almost always sell all its locations. No matter who the team plays, or the place it occupies in the classification: happens every weekend. And more curious: football and will not only males are families. About 40% of the regulars of German football matches are women. Women and parents who take their children, which is particularly important when the kids tend to spend hours at the computer unsupervised or play, explains the veteran. According Breitner, that is specific to Germany, a country that has modernized all its stages until a comfort unknown in Italy or Spain.

"We have the best stadiums in the world, comfortable, well served, is like going to the theater: people are so comfortable in the stadium and the couch at home, the seats, the possibility of eating, childcare, parking," he explains. In this context, the FC Bayern is proudly have a sound administration, "do not spend more than you have, that makes us more credible", says Breitner, showing that Angela Merkel in Europe is not a personal obsession, but national .

That cluster of "more than a club" with good prospects sports, good administration, the general atmosphere that breathes German football and the virtues of Munich, the northernmost of the Italian cities, as they say in jest to highlight some cheer to live more developed than in the rest of the country, have decided, surely choosing Guardiola.

"We have the players, the organization, the healthy economy that earns us money every year for 22 years, we have a sporting career that is on the rise. If we add to Guardiola, gives a solid foundation for success, concludes Breitner.

Guardiola just began this July his three-year contract with Bayern München, the current European Champions League winner, the signing of the Catalan is surrounded by a generally approval by the fans and players. Even more approval after his presentation in which the soccer coach talked in german in the press conference, answering the questions of the journalists of many countries.

After the announcing Lahm was awaiting him with open arms, Ribery, following reports via Abidal, thinks that the new coach will bring much. And the fans were and still are delighted.

"I do not think much will change our style of attack, but we expect something along the lines of the club," said Fred Mayer, of the rock Akademiker FCB. "I hope the short game and the fast pass even better in the future, notes the rock Marco Bernhard Korn FC Red. "Guardiola has to carry this team to the top", says Stefan Rottler of the rock Sendlinger Ober-Bayern. And after winning 2013's Champions League, Guardiola has a big challange.

In the club itself trials are perhaps more sober, but contain a clear and thoughtful calculation. Because we are in the heart of German football and without explaining what that means, do not understand the reasons for Guardiola to opt for this club and not the other.

If we had to sum up a cause between all that, surely, Pep Guardiola would have to say that Bayern is "more than a club", as they say in Barcelona, They, of course, say they are "the club", "the best of the best". That is not very original, but there is no doubt that there are reasons behind the racial pride of this club.

It is not just the honors, 21 German league in 47 years of history that has the Bundesliga, four European Cups and three Intercontinental Cups. Nor is it only the team takes place, respectively, in Munich, where, as the fans say, "the club is so Frauenkirche Munich as the" flagship church of the city, in Bavaria, a German region without become an angry Spanish nationality is much more than any other Land of the Federal Republic, and Germany, where FC Bayern has over 4000 fan clubs spread across the geography of the country. There's more. And who better than the veteran Paul Breitner, one of the football legends of the seventies to explain.

It all starts with a question about his 40-year perspective on the changes in football in general and Germany in particular. Breitner only see changes for the better. "It's like comparing a Seat of the seventies with the car now," he says, inspired by the past season at Real Madrid and it has a very good memory. "We had a square head football, a game of ten against ten in which each man had another in front. It was all very simple, there are now more and more spirit art, the style has become more elegant, "he says. However, what has evolved is not only the game, but football as a whole social phenomenon, explains.

"In our time the football was something vulgar, kicks and bad manners, many people despised him, was not part of society as it is now. Today almost everyone has something to do with football. Each large consortium and business needs to be linked to football, as a partner, sponsor, we have more than twenty global companies sponsoring, Audi, Siemens Samsung ... ".

Of the eighty million Germans, 50 million are fans in one way or another and between 25 and 30 million identify with a club. At that sociology ranging from colors you wear sweatpants at home after returning from gigs, to advertising that takes the yogurt ingested while watching TV, FC Bayern München brings together ten million citizens. "It's huge," said Breitner, "after eating, drinking, working, family, football has become one of the most important things in this country." "30 years ago it was not: the football was not part of our life," he says.

Maybe that was universal change that has occurred almost everywhere but in Germany has happened in a particularly profound.

In Germany the stadiums are full and almost always sell all its locations. No matter who the team plays, or the place it occupies in the classification: happens every weekend. And more curious: football and will not only males are families. About 40% of the regulars of German football matches are women. Women and parents who take their children, which is particularly important when the kids tend to spend hours at the computer unsupervised or play, explains the veteran. According Breitner, that is specific to Germany, a country that has modernized all its stages until a comfort unknown in Italy or Spain.

"We have the best stadiums in the world, comfortable, well served, is like going to the theater: people are so comfortable in the stadium and the couch at home, the seats, the possibility of eating, childcare, parking," he explains. In this context, the FC Bayern is proudly have a sound administration, "do not spend more than you have, that makes us more credible", says Breitner, showing that Angela Merkel in Europe is not a personal obsession, but national .

That cluster of "more than a club" with good prospects sports, good administration, the general atmosphere that breathes German football and the virtues of Munich, the northernmost of the Italian cities, as they say in jest to highlight some cheer to live more developed than in the rest of the country, have decided, surely choosing Guardiola.

"We have the players, the organization, the healthy economy that earns us money every year for 22 years, we have a sporting career that is on the rise. If we add to Guardiola, gives a solid foundation for success, concludes Breitner.

Guardiola has already done its first training session as coach of Bayern Munich on the lawn of the Allianz Arena, which was open to the audience, who had to pay for an entry ticket, income that will be used for charitable causes.

With more than 230 accredited journalists and photographers seeking presentation the first pictures of Munich's coach, Guardiola has been in the first pages of the German press in the recent days.

At Allianz, around 7000 spectators have witnessed the first live training. Pep Guardiola has been the first to jump onto the pitch. Accompanied by Domènech Torrent, Lorenzo Buenaventura and Carles Planchart, his trusted men, Guardiola has waited just a few moments for the players to accompany him.

Lahm was the first, and immediately have gone the other staff members.

Once in the midfield players have made ​​a circle to start with the usual stretching and while Guardiola has been talking with some of his players, then started to make various heating rondos.

Then have started exercises that Pep has prepared for this day.

We will be expecting how Guardiola manages its new team in the next months.

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