Pep Guardiola

The Evolution
Narrated by: Thomas Judd
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
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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, 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 Catalan's whole tenure in Bavaria.

Pep Guardiola: The Evolution takes the listener on a journey through three action-packed seasons as Bayern smashed domestic records yet struggled to emulate that dominance in Europe, analysing Guardiola's management style through key moments on and off the field. Perarnau reveals how Guardiola improved as a manager at Bayern despite failing to land the ultimate prize in European football, examines his decision to leave Germany to take up the challenge at Manchester City and how his managerial style will continue to evolve in the Premier League.

This is more than the story of three seasons with one of the biggest clubs in the game. It is a portrait and analysis of a manager and the footballing philosophies that have beguiled the world.

©2016 Marti Perarnau (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Total story. Total football. Total Pep.

If you think you understand football, management, professional sports you'll be blown away regardless. This book beautiful illustrates what Guardiola and his team's are all about. You want a behind the scenes look, you've got it! You want a look into pre- intra- and/or post-match or training details, you've got it! You want tactics, strategy, systems used by Pep and his men, you're covered. All of this and much more written in a style that keeps you wanting more. I blew threw the book in 3 days thanks to the audible edition and am planning to re read the entire book in print and take notes. Phenomenal! Absolutely, fucking brilliant.

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Gave Me a New Perspective

I've recently read a book made on one of the best in the world in his Fields. Pep Guardiola, the world's best soccer coach who was brought up by the Catalan Side Barcelona FC.

As I dove into his story I took away several tips that I will work on implementing in my life. For example, Pep Commits to teams for a max time of about 3 years after his departure of Barcelona, He doesn't like to read articles or books written about him because he feels it might change his perspective on certain things about him, and he loves to learn outside the sport.

For starters, Pep is a great inspirational character and he knows that building a team is not just about putting great players, but instead building a great team is about getting world-class players to believe in one vision & philosophy ( Hence why many great individual players were not capable of performing under his direction). He also knows that you have to set a timeline for your actions... He believes that if he doesn't put a date to when he will depart from the club the players or even himself might feel complacent with his presence and they might not have the world-class urgency that is needed to be a great team. Since he sets very demanding time frames he doesn't like to listen to many outsider's opinions.

Considering that Pep is such a public figure in the Soccer world... one might ask, "How does he avoid conversation on the press that describes him" He simply doesn't like to hear it because he doesn't want some else's frame of thoughts to enter his current philosophy. He listens to those close to him and is always asking his coaching staff for advice... It might seem like he's a closed-minded individual but on the contrary, doing this helps him stay creative & that is why he looks outside of the game for inspiration.

Pep loves chess, rugby & art... But what does that have to do with playing soccer? According to the coach, he turns to chess players to help him develop a strategy for his team, he looks to rugby's best teams to help develop culture and unity, and he enjoys art and finds inspiration from it.

I Learned that he likes to meet with professionals outside of soccer in a dinner setting and is always asking many questions to better understand their thought process. Once he picks apart their thoughts & if he feels he can use it to play soccer in a better fashion he brings it to the field and shares it with his players.

My Biggest takeaway is to always be curious and be on the lookout for ways to find inspiration, to think outside the box for strategies, and for us to choose our identity for ourselves.

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This is not from Pep

This is a good book, with great detail, and depth about Pep. Though it is made clear not directly from Pep. I very much so, highly encourage reading anyways. Well done!

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Great book!

I loved the book!

The narrator was great. The information was beyond exceptional. A great book for anyone that coaches any sport with any passion about your craft.

I will definitely listen to the book again.

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Great insights! Great Pep!

There is much useful information on which I can act and improve my game ! it seems to me that planning and a strategic way of thinking as well as the people who work for you and with you create the competitive advantage someone needs to have in order to succeed , learn and grow constantly! I loved it !

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exceptional soccer book

best book on european football i have read. individual anecdotes and tactics laid out in perfection

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outstanding

learned more about football in this one book than i have my entire playing career.

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great great football book. must have. it

History, practicality, tacticality, substance. Unbiased opinion of all styles of football. if u love football, u love this

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Great book, lots of tactics.

Excellent book that would've been even better with a little more volume in the narrator's voice. Pep Guardiola is a brilliant guy, Marti Perarnau got very close to all his work and reveals a great piece of Pep's life. Lots of tactics for football lovers and great stories of team management of Pep.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-22-17

Don’t bother

It’s boring the voice is boring and no insight to pep or the way he plays his brand of footie.

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  • Doug Haines
  • 05-21-17

Fascinating

Great insight into guardiola's methodology. As good as pep confidential, although a lot less linear

Works well as an audiobook

Would recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

Poor narration

It is an interesting book but the narrator sounds robotic and it's distracting from the content.

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  • Don Kiddick
  • 10-28-19

Insightful

Great book. Really enjoyed this insight into the tactics and mindset of the world’s greatest football manager. My only gripe is that the narrator, Thomas Judd, doesn’t even know how to pronounce the name of the protagonist! So annoying!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-19

Insight

Good listen but expected to have more of an insight into the human interaction side of managing a team.

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  • Keith James
  • 07-21-19

Very informative

A really good read. It gave a real insight into how Pep works and why he is so successful.

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  • G Carney
  • 05-19-19

An Insightful Journey into Football Coaching PhD

If you’re interested in football coaching, educating, developing, strategising, understanding the individual, understanding the collective, playing your part in the team, then this audible book is for you. It explores things in depth, so it helps if you know the players, the personalities and can visualise what is being discussed. With access to training, meetings and alike, it builds the picture of how plans are conceived, prepared, subtly amended and put in to practice through meticulous coaching, ready to make a match day look effortlessly easy. Listen. Soak it up. Rewind 15 sec because you missed something. Did you? Yes. Listen again. Soak it up. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-19

Outstanding

Marti has done a superb job with this, would recommend to any sports fan, or anyone that loves genius.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

If you don't like it. You don't get it

As a football coach with an overactive mind, working at a professional football club, yet constantly finding myself at odds with the conventional football wisdom, this book helps me to confirm and evolve my ideas so that I'm able to justify why I disagree with things that hundreds of people view as "the way it is done". I have only met one person in football who I believe challenges convention along with me and we talk constantly about our frustrations.

Frankly. If you don't like this book. You don't get it. And you should coach/watch/talk about football with the rest of the sheep

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-18

insightful and enjoyable, recommend

really enjoyed it. some good insight throughout. pep confidential better book but a good sequel

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  • Gene K.
  • 06-13-18

You want weight?

A book well written. A book well told. Plenty nuggets of gold. Hail Guardiola. Hail.