We are all extremely thankful to Josep Guardiola i Sala, a man that changed and achieved so much at our club. But there is one group of people that might be a little more thankful than anyone else, a group of people whose lives and careers took a new turn when Josep Guardiola decided to let them make their debut for FC Barcelona. During his four years as coach of our beloved club, Pep gave no less than 22 youth team players their chance to make the dream of debuting for Fútbol Club Barcelona a reality. Five of these players also made their B team debuts under Pep.
Twenty-two players in four years is a large number, and it means many changed lives. In this series, I will take a look at all 22 of these players, examine their career trajectories and how Pep and the chance to debut in the first team impacted their footballing careers and their lives.
After covering Abraham, Fontàs and Gai Asulin before the break, the Gràcies Pep series is now back. It’s now time to look into the stories of Jonathan Soriano, who was ready to leave football before joining Barça and is today one of the big stars Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg; Jonathan Dos Santos, the boy who was always in the shadows of his brother and his teammates, but who has always been there, working the hardest; and Marc Bartra, the blaugrana kid who has been at the club since he was 11 and who might be the answer to one of Vilanova’s biggest problems.
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