Guardiola makes history
The Catalan is to become the fourth longest serving Barcelona manager after Cruyff, Greenwell and Frank Rijkaard.
7 coaches in 25 years. Two coaches in a decade. That is a solid model. And it works. Such stability
has produced titles and attracted the best players to perform under the best possible managers this
club could have. That was the case with Cruyff, and again with Rijkaard and now with Guardiola,
whose extended contract now means he will have coached the side for four consecutive seasons, the
same as Fernando Daucik and Rinus Michels.
Cruyff tops the list
Johan Cruyff is the club’s longest serving manager. He was here from 1988 to
1996. Those were marvellous years in which the Dream Team won 4 leagues in a row and also the first
ever European Cup for the club in 1992. The world delighted with that amazing side, with probably
the finest trio of foreigners in the world in Stoichkov, Laudrup and Koeman as well as a solid
foundation of mainly Catalan and Basque players.
Greenwell, seven years
Jack Greenwell was the very first official manager employed by Barça. The
Englishman was in charge from 1917 to 1924 and won two Spanish Cups and 5 Catalan Championships.
Rijkaard, a modern manager
Cruyff’s legacy was continued seven year later by another Dutchman in Frank
Rijkaard, who quietly and calmly assembled a team based around such incredible players as
Eto’o, Ronaldinho and Deco. He added further trophies to the club’s collection in the
form of two leagues and one Champions League in his five years with the club.
Guardiola glorious period
Rijkaard left the club in June 2008, but his work was continued by Pep Guardiola.
In his two years at the club he has overseen the transformation of FC Barcelona into one of the
best football teams the world has ever seen. The world has watched in awe as they have stormed to
eight different titles, with many of the players having been produced by the club itself at La