Guardiola and Nadal, golf against sclerosis

Pep Guardiola and Rafael Nadal join forces against multiple sclerosis. The Manchester City coach and tennis champion will take to the green in the Balearic Islands on June 13th for the second edition of "The Battle of Stars."

by Andrea Gussoni
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Guardiola and Nadal, golf against sclerosis
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Pep Guardiola and Rafael Nadal join forces against multiple sclerosis. The Manchester City coach and tennis champion will take to the green in the Balearic Islands on June 13th for the second edition of "The Battle of Stars." Joining them will be other athletes such as Marcos Alonso, Pepe Reina, and Italians Roberto Donadoni and Mauro Tassotti.

Also in attendance will be Gabriel Omar Batistuta. Notably, Juan Carlos Unzué, former Barcelona footballer who has been battling ALS since June 2020, will also be present at the Pula Golf Resort in Son Servera.

Guardiola and golf

Josep Guardiola i Sala, known as Pep, is a Spanish football coach and former player, born on January 18, 1971, in Santpedor.

As a player, he was a midfielder and achieved great success, winning six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, four Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup, and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona.

Additionally, he earned an Olympic gold medal with the Spanish national team. Transitioning to coaching, Guardiola took over as manager of Barcelona in 2008, leading the team to three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Champions League titles (becoming the sixth person to achieve this feat as both a player and coach), two UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

With fourteen trophies in four years, he became the most successful coach in Barcelona's history. From 2013 to 2016, he coached Bayern Munich, winning one UEFA Super Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup (achieving his personal best in wins in both competitions), three Bundesliga titles, and two DFB-Pokal titles.

Since 2016, he has been managing Manchester City, where he has won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four EFL Cups, two FA Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.

Regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time, Guardiola won the FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2011 and 2023, as well as The Best FIFA Football Coach award among male coaches. He has also been named Coach of the Year by the IFFHS three times (2009, 2011, and 2023).

In 2020, he was named Coach of the Century (2001-2020) at the Globe Soccer Awards. With 39 trophies won, Guardiola is the second-most successful manager in history, behind Alex Ferguson who won 49 trophies.

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