The clash between Bayern Munich and Guangzhou Evergrande in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final also means a mouth-watering head-to-head between top coaches Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola and Marcello Lippi.
"Pep Guardiola is a very intelligent person. He’s won pretty much all there is to win and developed his own philosophy of football," commented Lippi, who was both respectful and excited as he looked forward to Tuesday’s meeting in Agadir. "Playing him and Bayern will be very special for us. They’re the best team in the world at the present time,"
In the build-up to the match, FIFA.com has compared the facts, figures and personal stats of the two world-famous coaches.
Trophies on the global stage
Guardiola knows very well what it feels like to triumph at the FIFA Club World Cup as he guided Barcelona to glory in 2009 and 2011. Lippi led Juventus to the Intercontinental Cup in 1996 before achieving the crowning glory of his career to date ten years later: he was Italy boss when gli Azzurri triumphed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.
Trophies at continental level
Both coaches have led clubs to the title in the biggest competition on their respective continents. Guardiola coached Barça when they won the UEFA Champions League in 2009 and 2011. Lippi also won Europe’s elite club competition in 1996 with Juve and has now added AFC Champions League honours with Guangzhou in 2013.
Guardiola’s Barcelona won La Liga three times in a row between 2009 and 2011. Lippi coached Juventus to the Italian Championship in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003, and has subsequently overseen Guangzhou’s successful Chinese Championship campaigns in 2012 and 2013.
Domestic knockout cup
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in 2009 and 2012 with Guardiola at the helm, while Lippi’s Juve lifted the Coppa Italia in 1995.
Start as first-team coach
Pep Guardiola took over the first-team coaching duties at Barcelona in 2008 at the age of 37, becoming the third-youngest supremo in the Catalans’ history. Marcello Lippi’s first full-time job in the pro game was as boss of Citta di Pontedera in Serie C2, where he took up his duties in 1982, also aged 37.
Playing record at first professional club
Guardiola: 263 appearances
Lippi: 239 appearances
Defensive midfielder Guardiola featured for Barcelona from 1990 to 2001, scoring six goals in 263 matches for Blaugrana. Lippi, an old-school libero, began his career with Sampdoria in Genoa, also spending 11 years at the club and scoring seven times in 239 appearances.
Most trophies in a year
Guardiola made history in 2009 when his Barcelona team won an unprecedented six trophies: the Spanish Championship, Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. It remains an unmatched record to this day. As for Lippi he twice succeeded in winning three trophies in a year with Juventus: the Italian Championship, knockout cup and Super Cup in 1995 and the UEFA Champions League, Intercontinental Cup and UEFA Super Cup the following year.
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