Martin Samuel: Changing of the guard? Not for Barcelona hero Guardiola

28 April 2009 10:08
Josep Guardiola made his first appearance in a European Cup semi-final at the age of 15.

When Pichi Alonso scored the third goal for Barcelona to level a 3-0 deficit against Gothenburg from the first leg, a spindly ball boy invaded the pitch and could be seen haring across the turf towards him in celebration.

After a victorious penalty shootout, the same little cute upstart managed to infiltrate the group of players who chaired the coach, Terry Venables, from the field.

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola speaks to reporters on the eve of Barcelona's European Cup showdown with Chelsea at the Nou Camp

Six years later, Guardiola stood on the balcony of the Generalitat building holding Barcelona's first European Cup, as captain.

Thousands saluted him from below. 'Ja la teniu aqui,' Guardiola shouted in Catalan. 'Here you have it.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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