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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pep Guardiola: "Everyone loved to play football. That is the secret of Barcelona."


Translations of Josep "Pep" Guardiola 
Josep Guardiola.
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During a recent visit to Mexico City for 'México Siglo XXI- capturando el futuro', (Mexico 21st Century-Capturing the Future) Josep "Pep" Guardiola discussed his past and present with remarks that were transcribed by Marca of Madrid on 22 September 2012.

Discussion Items

*On his one-year sabbatical in New York City
*On his time at FC Barcelona
*On the real secret of FC Barcelona
*On Barca's style for the fans
*On Lionel Messi
*On Catalonia and a future visit to France

"Nunca se sabe, en Nueva York se está bien, acá estaré un año". "No sé cuando voy a regresar, dije que este año no entreno, y si tengo ganas de entrenar lo haré, pero en esto momento no las tengo."

"You never know. I'm doing well in New York. I'll be here for a year. I don't know when I will return. I said that I would not manage this year, and if I have the desire to coach, I'll do it. But at this time, I don't have it (the desire)."

Out of curiosity if you were a betting man, what are the odds that Mr. Guardiola might end his enforced sabbatical prematurely? Let's read on to find out.

Guardiola, quien jugó en el fútbol mexicano con el Dorados de Culiacán en el Clausura 2006, ofreció conferencia ante 10.000 becarios de la fundación en el Auditorio Nacional de la capital mexicana titulado 'México Siglo XXI- capturando el futuro'. El ex futbolista dijo que disfrutó el tiempo que vivió en el banquillo del club azulgrana. "Nunca llegué al Barcelona pensado en que estaría toda la vida ahí, estuve en una etapa la pase bien y listo", afirmó. "Se acabó el tiempo que cuando perdía estaba triste y cuando ganaba está contento, eso lo perdí, se me acabó y por eso deje de entrenar", continuó.

Guardiola, who played in Mexican football with the Dorados of Culiacan in the 2006 Clausura season, gave a speech to 10,000 scholarship holders at the TelMex Foundation in the National Auditorium of the Mexican capital entitled, "Mexico 21st Century-Capturing the Future." The former player said that he enjoyed the time he spent on the bench of the Barcelona club:

"I never thought that I'd go to Barcelona to stay my whole life there. I was in a phase that went well and was ready for it. If the time came that when I lost, I was unhappy, and when I won, I was content, I'd miss that. It happened to me and for that reason, I left coaching."
 
El entrenador dialogó por espacio de una hora con los universitarios mexicanos, tiempo en el que contó anécdotas y compartió algunos secretos de su paso triunfal por el Barça, al tiempo que a los jóvenes les pidió "descubrir que es lo que les gusta, ese es su reto".

The manager spoke for about an hour with the Mexican college students. He recounted stories and shared a few secrets of his triumphant past with Barcelona. At the same time, he asked the young people, "To discover what it is you like. That is your challenge."

También habló sobre el secreto del Barcelona, con el que ganó trece títulos y recordó que el deporte le ayudó a entender la vida. "A todos les gustaba jugar al fútbol, ese es el secreto del Barcelona y cuando uno hace algo que le gusta lo demás sale solo. Ellos llegaban al entrenamiento sin ninguna orden y se ponían a practicar", explicó.

He also spoke of the secret of Barcelona with whom he won 13 titles and recalled that sport helped him to understand life:

"Everyone loved to play football. That is the secret of Barcelona and when one does something that you like, only the rest comes out. They came to training sessions without any prompting and were ready to practice."

Acerca del estilo del Barcelona, Guardiola dijo que se trataba de hacer pasar un buen rato a la afición. "Eso lo trasmitimos y lo conseguimos, fue bueno hacer feliz a la gente, el público se divertía viendo jugar al fútbol y yo simplemente seguí una tradición en el Barcelona que inició Johan Cruyff además contar con un gran grupo de jugadores", apuntó.

On the style of Barcelona, Guardiola said that he tried to give the fans a good time:

"We transmitted and delivered it. It was great to make the fans happy. The public had a good time coming to see us play football and I simply followed a Barcelona tradition that was begun by Johan Cruyff. Besides, I also could count on a great group of players."

De Lionel Messi dejó claro que "todo lo que pueda decir será insuficiente, más allá de lo talentoso que pueda ser y de competitivo, es un ejemplo de cómo superarse día a día. Le gusta jugar, pero más le gusta ganar".

On Lionel Messi, he made it clear:

"All that you can say would be insufficient above the heights of the talent he has and his competitiveness. He is an example of how to improve day-by-day. He likes to play, but more than that, he likes to win."

Sobre si es catalán o español, Guardiola comentó que en el mundo ya no hay fronteras y señaló que le gustaría ir a Francia a aprender francés. "Amo mucho a Cataluña, amo muchos a mis padres, me dieron su lengua y somos un país pequeño".

On whether or not he is Catalan or Spanish, Guardiola commented that there are no frontiers in the world and indicated that he would like to go to France to learn French:

"I love Catalonia a great deal. I love my parents a great deal. They gave me their language and we are a small country."

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer and translator from Washington, D.C. He is the publisher of World Football Commentaries and The Soccer Translator. You can follow Steve @worldfootballcm on Twitter.


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