The soundtrack of...

Pep Guardiola

The soundtrack of...

Today the mother of all football matches is played, the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, between eternal rivals Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona. After yesterday’s war of words during the press conferences of both managers (which, with permission of the Madrid fans, was won by Guardiola with a superb verbal beating without insults), the time has come to calm down with some music. As Mou’s musical taste is unknown, we probably won’t do his list next week. But we will do one of Guardiola for today, a self-confessed music fan with a somewhat mainstream taste with some indie twists. He didn’t make this list himself (if only), we made it with tracks and bands we know he likes.

1. Coldplay: “Viva La Vida”

The anthem of his first season as the Barça manager, the year they won the treble. He had it played at the Camp Nou before every game. When Coldplay played at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, in September 2009, Guardiola was there.

2. The Killers: “Human”

In that first season, The Killers were also played a lot on the pitch. Probably because of the euphoria it provokes among the men, and its motivating drive. 3. Manel: “La Gent Normal”

Guardiola has been spotted twice already attending gigs by Catalan band Manel. The first time, at the Palau de la Música, a part of the audience got on stage asking him to renew his contract (which was a bit dodgy, to be honest). A week ago, at the Teatre Romea, the music stopped and people gave him an ovation. Watch out for minute 3.15 of the video, right before they start playing Pulp’s “Common People”.

4. Jason Mraz: “I’m Yours”

A singer-songwriter with an alternative aura but a mainstream background, he’s a fixture on Pep’s iPod. He was spotted at Mraz’s gig at the Razzmatazz. Few repercussions there.

5. The Swell Season: “Low Rising”

Irish band with little presence and a short career that played at Primavera Sound some time ago. Pep was spotted there as well. It was 2008 and he was still managing Barça in the third division, so he had no European homework to do then. 6. Lluís Llach: “Que Tinguem Sort”

Guardiola was spotted at the Catalan singer-songwriter’s –who also played at Primavera Sound– last concert. It’s a classic for during his office hours. Before laughing, just think that others like Pablo Alborán.

7. Lisa Gerrard: “Now We Are Free”

The soundtrack of “Gladiator” was part of the motivational DVD Pep played to his players before the final of the CL 2009, which was a 2-0 win against Man United. It’s become a bit commonplace, yes, but the truth is it sets the blood on fire.

8. Giocomo Puccini: “Nessum Dorma”

Another cliché. It’s being played at the Bernabéu before the games and before the Real Madrid anthem sung by Plácido Domingo, but the Camp Nou played it a lot as well, and it was also on said motivational DVD. Always the version by Luciano Pavarotti.

9. Scissor Sisters: “Fire With Fire”

The latest hit at the Barça stadium. The catchiest Scissor Sisters single has taken over from The Killers’ “Human” as the waiting song before the game. 10. NWA: “Straight Outta Compton”

He probably doesn’t know this one yet, but after his performance at the press conference yesterday, N.W.A. will very likely become his new favourite band. Before the start of the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League between Madrid and Barcelona, we would like to soothe the soul with a bit of music. This is the playlist of Pep Guardiola’s first three seasons as Barça manager.

Josep "Pep" Guardiola i Sala born 18 January 1971 in Santpedor, Barcelona, Catalonia), is a Catalan football manager and former player. Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder and spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona, whom he currently manages. He was part of Johan Cruyff's dream team that won Barcelona's first European Cup. Guardiola also played for Brescia Calcio, A.S. Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados de Sinaloa.

After retiring as a player, Guardiola became coach of FC Barcelona B. On 8 May 2008, In his first season as manager, Barcelona won the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. In doing so, Guardiola became the youngest UEFA Champions League winning manager ever.

He is widely considered one of the world's best football managers.

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