Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich: What It Says About the Football Landscape

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IJanuary 16, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 05:  Head coach Josep Guardiola of FC Barcelona acknowledge the fans at the end of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on May 5, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. This is Guardiola's last match.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Today, Bayern Munich announced they signed former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to a three-year contract, which will begin at the outset of the next Bundesliga campaign.

The move Bayern made to sign the two-time Champions League winning boss is one which will forever change the footballing landscape across Europe.

For starters, Bayern's decision shows the power Spain has on football and tactical knowledge.

Although this has been assumed for years due to the success of the Spanish national team, Germany has long been considered to be the next best when compared to their Spanish opposition.

Over their last four tournaments, Germany has fallen in the semifinals three times. They were eliminated from winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup by Spain.

With a strong generation of youth player at their disposal, which is on display with Die Bayern on a regular basis, this finally gives Germany the opportunity to finally overtake Spain in an international tournament.

During the course of Bayern's history, they have routinely been on the cutting edge of all football knowledge.

Each of the last three foreign managers Bayern hired before Pep on a non-temporary basis had come from a nation on the cusp of winnning an European Cup or a World Cup final.

These managers were Demark's Søren Lerby (1991-92), Italy's Giovanni Trapattoni (1994-95), and Holland's Louis van Gaal (2009-11).

This history shows Bayern is always on the forefront of the European footballing network.

Furthermore, Guardiola's hiring marks the start of a Spanish style of play within Bayern Munich. Previously, Bayern has hired managers from five foreign nations: Yugoslavia, Hungary, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands.

However, no manager in the history of Bayern Munich had been of Spanish origin.

From this move, Bayern are hoping this squad could pick up Guardiola's successful Tiki-taka strategy.

Pep's plan worked wonders with Barcelona due to the conditioning and playing mentality of the players.

Considering Bayern's superb training facilities and the way in which they condition their players, they should achieve a high level of success with Guardiola.

A final observation on this move will be the future of Guardola's influence on the European landscape.

This move will in the short run make Bayern Munich the top side in Germany with an almost unbeatable style of football.

However, it will forever change the German game by incorporating the Spanish element of possession, which will work wonders with the work ethic the Germans are famous for. 

Expect Tiki-taka will be replicated by more clubs, not only by Bundesliga clubs, but also by clubs from nations surrounding Germany.

The lasting legacy of this move will come from the spread of the Tiki-taka movement throughout Europe.

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