What Pep Guardiola's Signing Means for Bayern Munich

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What Pep Guardiola's Signing Means for Bayern Munich
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After months of speculation and countless reports linking him to Chelsea, Manchester City and many other clubs, Pep Guardiola was finally announced on Wednesday as Bayern Munich's new head coach, per the club's official site. The ex-Barcelona man will take the helm in July, replacing the retiring Jupp Heynckes. His contract will run until June of 2016.

A few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a foreign coach on Guardiola's level to move to the Bundesliga. But the Bavarians defied the odds—and an alleged £18 million-per-year offer from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich—to win the sweepstakes for what will likely be remembered as the highest-profile transfer target of 2013.

Guardiola and Bayern are a match made in heaven, and as club chairman Uli Hoeness said on Wednesday, "As a worthy successor to Jupp Heynckes, only a coach of Pep Guardiola's calibre comes into question." In signing the most coveted coach on the planet, the German record champions have taken a huge step for themselves and the Bundesliga as a whole.

But what's next for Bayern?

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