As a football player, Pep spent the majority of his career in FC Barcelona’s midfield, where he won six La Liga titles, one Champions League, two Copa del Rey’s, four Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups.
His exceptional understanding of the game, charisma and leadership qualities soon led him to the dugout, where he became one of the best managers in the world in just a few years. He made history with Barça, winning 14 titles in four years, including the famous sextuple in 2009. In doing so, he became the first coach in history to win six major trophies in the same year.
From 2013 to 2016, Guardiola was at the helm of Bayern Munich, with whom he won seven trophies. Since September 2016, he has been in charge of Manchester City, where he has lifted 10 titles.
An iconic midfielder in recent years, Sergio Busquets came through the youth ranks at FC Barcelona in 2005 before making his first team debut under Pep Guardiola three years later in 2008.
Busquets was a key part of the most outstanding era of football in his club’s history, winning eight La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey’s and three Champions League’s among others.
With over 100 international caps for Spain, the 33-year-old has become European and world champion with his country.
As someone who can play in midfield or defence for his side, Sergi Roberto has been a key asset to FC Barcelona ever since he joined the Catalan giants in 2006.
Since making his first team debut in 2010 under Pep Guardiola, the 29-year-old has helped lift six La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey’s and two Champions League trophies, to name just a few.
For his national side, Roberto featured for Spain in the U17 World Cup in 2009 and the U20 World Cup in 2011, before making his debut with the senior team in 2016.
Having featured for FC Barcelona at every level of the youth team, from U7 through to Barça B, Oscar Mingueza played a key role in helping his side win the UEFA Youth League in 2018.
In 2020, the centre-back managed to break through to the first team, where he quickly established himself as a starter in La Liga, the Champions League and in the Copa del Rey, winning the latter title.
With Spain, Mingueza has been an international at all levels, making his senior level debut at Euro 2020.
As one of FC Barcelona’s most promising strikers, Bruna Vilamala came through the youth ranks at the club from 2012 onwards before making her debut in the Primera Iberdrola at the beginning of 2020 at just 17-years-old.
In that same season, FC Barcelona Femení became the first-ever Spanish women’s side to win the continental treble.
Vilamala has also represented Spain’s women side at youth level, winning the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship in 2018.
Having featured in FC Barcelona’s youth ranks Cristian Tello made his professional debut with RCD Espanyol’s reserve team before returning to the Catalan giants in 2011.
During his time spent in the blaugrana club’s first team, the winger won one league title, a Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.
In 2014, Tello moved away on loan to FC Porto. After spending two years in Portugal and a further year at Fiorentina, the now 30-year-old made his move away from FC Barcelona permanent with a transfer to Real Betis in 2017.
For Spain, Tello gas featured for his national team at U20 and U21 level, winning the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel in 2013.
A defensive midfielder who progressed through the youth ranks of RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona, Oriol Rosell made the leap from Catalonia to the United States when he joined Sporting Kansas City in 2012. There he became the first Spanish player to win the MLS title.
He was then transferred to Sporting Lisbon in 2014 and, after spending a few years in the Portuguese leagues, returned back to the United States in 2018 to join Orlando City.
After three years spent there in Floria, Rosell has since returned to Sporting Kansas City.
After joining the youth ranks of Japan’s Kyoto Sanga FC at 12-years-old, Masaya Okugawa signed his first professional contract in 2014 with the Kyoto-based club and made his debut the following year.
In 2015, the midfielder made his move to Europe where he signed for RB Salzburg. The 25-year-old spent his first four years in Germany between various clubs including Liefering and Mattersburg on loan deals before spending the two years between 2019 and 2021 representing RB Leipzig.
Now, the Japanese international remains in the Bundesliga under the tutelage of Frank Kramer at Arminia Bielefeld, for whom he has made 17 league appearances, scoring six goals.
As a player, Franc García Pimienta passed through every year of the youth academy at FC Barcelona before making his first team debut in 1996 in a league game against Deportivo de La Coruña. His Barça career didn’t last long however, before being loaned out to CF Extremadura and then finishing his playing career at Sant Andreu.
Between 2001 and 2021, he has formed a part of the managerial staff at FC Barcelona, having a fundamental role in the development of the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Roberto, Gerard Piqué and Thiago Alcântara.
In 2017, he became champion of the UEFA Youth League with the club’s U19 side and finished the season as head coach of Barça B.
With over 25 years of experience with his boyhood club, Garcia Pimienta is one of the most important figures in Barça’s grassroots football, being the longest-serving coach in the club’s history.
As a midfielder, Domènec Torrent spent his career in the ranks at UE Olot and AD Guíxols squads throughout the ‘80s, before hanging up his boots at the age of 27 to become a coach.
He began his managerial journey at the helm of local clubs before finally landing the job as Girona manager in 2005. Three years later, in 2008, he formed part of Pep Guardiola’s managerial crew at FC Barcelona as an analyst.
Torrent then spent the following 10 years by Guardiola’s side, following him to Bayern Munich and then to Manchester City in 2016.
In 2018 however, the Catalan coach took on the task of single-handedly managing New York City FC in their MLS campaign, where he helped the club to their most successful ever season. After a year-long spell in Flamengo, Torrent recently replaced Fatih Terim as the manager of Galatasaray, marking the new year with a new challenge.
In January 2022, Torrent signed as a manager for the most emblematic team from Turkey, Galatasaray SK.
A Real Zaragoza centre-back who was trained by, and captained all the youth team levels of, RCD Espanyol, Lluís Lopez made his first team debut in 2018 in a Copa del Rey clash.
After three years with the Catalan club’s first team, in which he spent one season away on loan with Tenerife, Lopez now plays for Segunda División’s Real Zaragoza.
During his youth career, the 24-year-old was also able to represent Spain at U16, U17 and U19 level.
Born in 2001, Mika Marmol joined FC Barcelona’s youth ranks in 2006 before moving onto the academy systems of Terrassa and Damm. The left-back’s rapid progress quickly caught the attention of FC Barcelona once again, who re-signed the youngster in 2018.
In the 2019/20 season, Marmol made his breakthrough with the U19 side, playing 17 games and even making his debut with García Pimienta’s Barça B team, who achieved promotion to the Primera División RFEF.
The following season, he received first team call-ups for the first time in La Liga and the Copa del Rey. The youngster went on to make his first team debut in a friendly match against Boca Juniors in homage to Diego Maradona in December 2021.
From humble beginnings as a defender in the youth system of CDC Torreforta, Guillem Jaime made the move to FC Barcelona’s La Masia in 2007. For the Catalan giants, he rose through the ranks, with his academy journey culminating in a UEFA Youth League Cup and Youth League title in 2018 as the Captain of Barça’s U19 side.
That same year, he made the jump to the reserve team, whom he represented for two seasons, making a total of 47 appearances. In 2020, Jaime signed for CD Castellón for two seasons, representing Gimnástic de Tarragona for the second half of the 2020/21 season.
In August 2021, he re-signed for Barcelona B, becoming a key player in Sergi Barjuan’s reserve side, with a call-up to the first team on more than one occasion.
As a left-back, trained in the ranks at CE Manresa, Martí Vilà came to FC Barcelona in 2009, passing through all their youth ranks up to U19-level.
In 2018, he signed for CF Reus Deportiu and, one year later, he joined Real Club Deportivo Fabril, the reserve team of Deportivo de La Coruña. Since August 2020, Vilà has represented FC Andorra.
Following promotion to the Primera Divisón RFEF, Vilà has been a key member of the Andorran side
Trained in the youth ranks of Villarreal CF, for whom he played in the reserve squad, Marc Vidal moved to Real Betis’ reserve team, Betis Deportivo Balompié, in 2021.
The goalkeeper has also represented Spain at U18 and U19 level.
As a midfielder who came through the ranks at AEC Manlleu, Roger Barnils made his debut in the third division in 2013. The following season, he joined UE Llagostera, helping them achieve promotion to Segunda División in 2014.
Barnils went on to enjoy spells at Sevilla Atlético and AE Prat, before moving to UE Olot in 2017, becoming a key pillar of the Catalan side’s defence.
In 2021, the Spaniard joined CD Ibiza in the Segunda División.
From humble beginnings at four years old, Ramon Vila began playing football for his local side CE Sallent. He quickly established himself as a goalkeeper, where his progress grew rapidly and in 2010, at nine-years-old, he caught the eye of FC Barcelona.
Vila went on to spend a total of 10 years representing Barça’s colours, winning 10 youth league titles and developing his strong, physical style of play.
In 2021, the goalkeeper signed for Segunda División RFEF side Lleida Esportiu.
Girona CF B – Player
Biel Farrés began his footballing journey at Gimnàstic de Manresa before passing through the likes of Barça and CF Damm on his path to professional football.
In 2021, Girona FC came calling and made Farrés a key part of their reserve side’s defence.
Made by Vic Riuprimer Refo FC, Arnau Rafus got the call from FC Barcelona in 2018 when they wanted him to stand between the sticks for their U16 side.
Now, Rafus is the starting goalkeeper U19B level and was crucial in the club’s spectacular 2020/21 season
A promising midfielder, known for his ball control and his ability to break lines, Biel Vicens only signed for Barça in the 2018/19 season. Before then, he passed through clubs at local level before signing for Girona, which was where he caught Barça’s eye.
Currently, he represents FC Barcelona at U19B level and he is quickly becoming one of the stars of the club’s youth system.