Here are the views of our football writers in Europe and beyond.
Germany – Daniel Rathjen: Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich! The announcement was an earthquake that rocked the whole world of football, especially England - and it reverberated into the padded leather chairs in the offices of Roman Abramovich in London and Sheikh Mansour in Manchester.
The commitment of the Spanish coach is a historic coup. Guardiola could have coached any club in the world, but he chose the German ‘Rekordmeister’ – he has plumped for a serious club rather than selling himself to the highest bidder. It is incredible proof to the increasin importance of the Bundesliga which is on its way to becoming the best league in the world.
Of course it also will be a big challenge for Guardiola, he hasn't got the familiar environment of Barcelona around him, nobody knows how good his German is and furthermore it is no secret that it’s not always easy to work in harmony with the charismatic bosses Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
But Guardiola is ambitious, clever and above all a gift that everybody in Germany should thank Bayern Munich for.
England – Tom Adams: Confidence was high in England that Pep would be coming to the Premier League so there is an element of shock to today’s news. Certainly this is a huge coup for the Bundesliga, supplying further proof that German football is resurgent, and perhaps could soon be seen as Europe’s strongest league.
Roberto Mancini and Rafa Benitez will be delighted to hear that Pep has chosen Bayern as it ends almost endless speculation about his arrival in England. It is a sensational piece of business for Bayern, but it also makes sense.
Guardiola seems like a man who wants stability in his work – he signed rolling contracts at Barca to ensure every year that the structure and environment was to his liking – and with Rumenigge, Hoeness, Beckenbauer and the rest, there is a clear, robust structure that a club like Chelsea does not have.
At Bayern, Pep will have the freedom to leave his own mark on the team; Bayern already have a well-established style; he can work with a group of extremely talented young players (Kroos and Martinez especially); he can work in arguably Europe’s greatest stadium; he has plenty of money to spend; the Bundesliga is Europe’s most vibrant league.
What’s not to like? The whole of Europe will be fascinated to see Guardiola’s Bayern v Klopp’s Dortmund, and how Pep gets on in the Champions League. It’s a fantastic move for all parties –just a shame he won’t be in the Premier League.
France – Maxime Dupuis: I think that Guardiola made the best choice possible. Only Manchester United could have possibly been better, and even then I’m not sure.
From my point of view, he goes into a very structured club with a huge history, just like he did at FC Barcelona. Even if the two teams don’t express themselves the same way when they play, they have a philosophy of ball possession. And he will not find a blank page when he arrives in July – things are in place. For him, it is perfect. For Bayern, too.
He will also have money to spend. Manchester City also had the cash but not the historical certainties that Bayern Munich provide. Chelsea, City and the like were talking about him, Bayern Munich said nothing. But they won the big prize.
Russia – Ilya Minsky: It is a smart move from Guardiola. He is going to the biggest club in a league where he will be able to maintain his reputation of the ultimate winner. It would be more difficult to do in England if he had agreed to take over at Chelsea or Manchester City, where there are three or four clubs who can win the league.
I’m personally very curious to see how he is going to take Bayern to the next level, to win the Champions League trophy. Should he succeed, he will be ranked among the greatest managers ever along with Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello. Should he not, his halo may well slip down.
Spain – Ivan Castello: It is a great coup for Bayern Munich. It represents incredibly good news for the Bavarian club because as close as they have come to winning another Champions League trophy, they need someone to carry them on that last step.
Guardiola is like a magnet, a real leader also for his players. With this world star of football, the Bundesliga increases its stature further and becomes on a par with the other major European leagues. Guardiola likes the Gernan game, and the idea of focusing on football. Not philosophy (Ibrahimovic, you are a naughty boy) - football.
Guardiola can play with only three defenders (like old-fashioned German football but not 3-5-2, he prefers 4-3-3) and he uses wingers. It is perfect for Ribery and Robben, but much more for the younger stars like Thomas Müller. Javi Martínez is probably the happiest player around today, but it was another Spaniard in the Bundesliga, Raul, who may have convinced him to take the plunge.
He works with young people, and he is impressed by the youth structure at Bayern. Perfect.
Italy – Luca Stacul: It’s a bit shocking because everyone thought his future lay in England – it would have been easier for him in terms of language but also better in terms of money at Chelsea or Manchester City. But from a pure football point of view Munich could be the right choice.
Bayern’s current system was created for ex-Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal, and it is quite similar to what Barça have. What’s more, the Bavarian lifestyle is more relaxed than London and this point is a major consideration for Guardiola – if he cared only about money, he wouldn’t take a year off when every virtually club in the world wanted him.
Now it’s down to him; he has to demonstrate he’s able to win trophies without great players like Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, and can transform the current ‘second best’ reputation of Bayern and German football.
Poland – Bartosz Rainka: Polish fans are happy that the Bundesliga is getting stronger every year because many of our players compete in it. Signing Guardiola proves Germany can be more attractive for the best players and coaches than any other country in the world.
It is very surprising. Everyone thought Pep would join Chelsea or Manchester City. In Munich, though, he will have more time and greater opportunity to build a team to play his way. He wouldn’t get that in England.
Now Poles are wondering if Pep will try to increase the competition among his forwards by signing Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.
Sweden - Malena Johansson: It’s a nice decision to choose a self-sufficient club like Bayern instead of going to the highly commercialised Premier League. I like him for that. And I assume he will speak perfect German at the first press conference, which will be fun to hear!
The, of course, it will be interesting to see how he gets his team to play outside the very specific circumstances of Barcelona. Luis Enrique had some trouble adapting Roma to the ‘Barcelona style’ and hopefully Guardiola won’t kill the speed and energy of the German game by trying to implement Barça’s very controlling way of playing too much.
Turkey – Eray Kas: It’s a mutually beneficial decision both for Guardiola and the Bundesliga. He will raise the quality and the level of interest, and hopefully he will make Bayern consistent contenders for European trophies.
It’s not an easy option, and in any case he’s not obliged to join a bad team just to prove himself. Bayern has its own traditions and youth systems that he believe he will preserve – and that should have a positive effect for the German national team.
Arabia – Abdullah Talafha: He’s made the best choice. He can easily win the Bundesliga, so he will compound his success, and with a plenty of talented player in Bayern with a huge amount of money, he will be a dangerous team in Champions League.
I think he chose against the Premier League because it is very difficult to win titles there, even for a talented coach. In Germany there are maybe four or six tough matches a year; in England there are at least a dozen.
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