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Pep Guardiola: The Evolution

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  30 reviews
For three extraordinary seasons at Bayern Munich, Marti Perarnau was given total access around the German super club – to its players, its backroom staff, its board members and, above all, to its manager, Pep Guardiola. In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed account of Guardiola’s first full season at Bayern, Pep Confidential, Perarnau now lifts the lid on the Catala ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1900 by Birlinn Ltd
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Yousif Al Zeera
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I was hesitant between 2 and 3 stars. I think it deserves 2.5 stars. The book included some interesting statistics on Pep's 3-year tenure at Bayern and elaborated explanations on his tactics, not just overall but drilled down into some of the specific matches as the author had open access to Guardiola and his team. It was really amazing how detailed some of the explanations of the tactics, not only of the team but at a player level and taking into consideration the dynamics of the particular mat ...more
Chema Santos
Este libro es un REFERENTE.
Este libro es un CANON.
Este libro es un referente y esta escrito por un periodista q es REFERENTE, quizás la mayor referencia del periodismo deportivo español desde hace unos cuantos años. Glosar las innumerables virtudes del trabajo plasmado por el gran maestro Martí Perarnau en este libro imprescindible se revela absurdo e inabarcable. Hay q leerlo. Es tal su nivel de ideas, su profundidad conceptual, la calidad y precisión de su análisis de las tribulaciones, éxitos
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sport, 2017
If you have read the first book, Pep Confidential, and were expecting more of the same, then be prepared to be disappointed. This book is a let down compared to the first one.

You can tell straight away that Perarnau obviously feels some sort of debt to Guardiola, as the first book was so eye opening and in depth, that he has decided not only to reign in the criticisms of Pep, but to remove them altogether. The book is a cheerleading book for Pep, not that he needs one, but it lists none of his d
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, like so many sequels or follow-ups this was a disappointment compared to its predecessor. However in the authors defense given that Pep confidential is one of the best soccer books written in the past 10 years. It would be hard to craft another book up to that standard.
Jamil Almatrafi
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Inspiring coach who is never repeated
Alejandro Ferrés Bruyn
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Aman Mittal
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
When Pep Guardiola left Barceolna in 2012 there was one huge question hanging on him. He had grown up in Barcelona, came through the youth system to break through in their first team. His managerial career started with Barcelona B team. Hew knew Barcelona and its culture better than anybody else. How could he thrive elsewhere?

When I read Perarnau's last book on Guardiola which described his first season at Bayern and the preparation he went through. It is debatable that his time at Bayern Munich
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Depois de ler esse livro passei a ser muito fã do pensamento e da postura do Guardiola. Confesso que sempre torci para que os times dele se dessem mal, por todo aquele espetáculo que sempre é montado e pelas cifras assustadoras torradas com contratações. Mas não há como não admirar a perspicácia, o perfeccionismo, o olhar completamente único, a dedicação e, acima de tudo, a paixão pelo jogo de Pep.

Além do mais, não bastasse ter o autor acesso privilegiado aos bastidores, o livro é muito bem escr
Rafael Cormack

MUITO inferior ao primeiro. Apesar de possuir passagens excelentes é cansativo demais. Por vezes parece um livro de auto ajuda. A estória narrada deixa de lado todos os problemas de relacionamento que o Guardiola teve com diversos jogadores e praticamente canoniza o catalão, chega a ser irritante em alguns momentos.

Sem contar que dá a impressão que vai seguir os moldes do primeiro e falar bastante do dia a dia de um clube, no caso o City e é o que menos acontece.

A falta de ordem cronológic
Trung Nguyen Dang
The book was a let-down for me for a few reasons:

1) it is not a biography, there's no background/history of Pep, how he grew up ... etc.
2) it focuses solely on Pep's time in Bayern Munich whereas I mainly followed his time in Barca, and ends when he moved to Manchester City.
3) too much cheerleading, meaning there is little fair analysis of the main character like what we sees in other great biographies such as those by Walter Isaacson.

That said, we still get to understand why Pep succeeds, w
Carlos Vázquez
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Voy a hacer algo sobre el juego que los demás no entiendan y no sean capaces de comprender durante un tiempo". El fútbol como la vida misma es una constante evolución, estamos ante una investigación profunda de la ultima etapa de Pep en Alemania, lo que dejo y sobre todo lo que se le depara en un fútbol tan peculiar como la Premier. Cuando no eres el más hábil, ni el más fuerte y mucho menos el más grande solo te queda trabajar el doble que todos los demás.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mir hat das Buch gar nicht gefallen. Es ist redundant. Es wiederholt sich immer und immer wieder. Perarnau hat mM überhaupt keine Einsicht in die wahren Geschehnisse gehabt. Dieses Buch hätte jeder schreiben können. Man erfährt nichts wirklich interessant neues. Keinerlei Anekdoten. Ein wirklich langweiliges Buch.
Jaan Liitmäe
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Quick recap to three years in Bayern mostly focused in praise of Pep`s genius... ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
Excellent. Must read for everyone who follows football and wants to persue coaching.
John Conte
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and insightful read

Must read for anyone who likes football, management, or coaching. Not sure it's critical enough of pep,but there might not be much to criticize
Rodrigo Leão
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It repeats the ideas many times. It seems to me that an author wrote many small texts and connected them all at one book.

Guardiola is a genius and deserves a better book about him.
Amber Dickinson
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book but wouldn't really call it a biography. Too much personal opinion from the author and loads of spelling mistakes! Good insights though.
Hans-Martin Ishida
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing insight into the world and career of Guardiola at Bayern.
Profe Ronald Rojas
"Nuestro destino no es un lugar, sino una nueva forma de ver las cosas" (p. 218).
Stewart Glover
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
One for the purists.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good insight into how Pep operates. It would be a 5 star but I had to take a little break half way through to give my mind a rest. Pep is complex! Must read for any City fan and in fact I'd go as far to say that those who are pessimistic about Pep should definitely have a read
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I understand that there could be some bias in the perspective of the author but I think this book gives readers (who will likely never meet Pep) as close of an understanding as to who Pep really is as not only a successful coach, but also as a human being. The book really bring Pep down to earth and portrays a much different individual who is very humble, hardworking, creative, and passionate about the game and everything that he is about of.

Having read the
Ben Richter
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Great book for a diehard soccer fan who is interested in the tactics of the game. Pep's mindset, dedication, and passion make him special. I can't help put wonder what Pep could do leading Arsenal...
José García-Herz
Obligatorio para unos, útil para otros, entretenido para todos.

Obligatorio para dirigentes, jugadores y aficionados extremos al fútbol. Útil para hombres de negocios y líderes de cualquier tipo de organización. La filosofía detrás de Pep trasciende el fútbol y hace ver lo tremendamente bello que puede ser este deporte.
Abdulaziz Al-mutlaq
Great insight. A true genius of football, a lot could be learned from him and his work. Behind his footballing ideas lies a lot of essence on how to think about life and difficult situations. Simply he is a true philosopher.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hugely insightful follow up book that further explores Pep and what drives him. It also has some interesting observations and predictions about how well Pep will do at Man City, even foreseeing the current slump in form that Man City are going through and Chelsea's rise under Conte.
Steven Armstrong
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as Pep Confidential but still an interesting insight into the way Pep's mind works.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's quite different from the first book, this one being more philosophical, but just as good.
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