06 May 2012

Barça fans, eternally grateful to Guardiola

Multitudinous response from the Barça fans in their acknowledgment of Josep Guardiola’s managerial career at FC Barcelona.

Messages dedicated to Guardiola can be found in nearly every language and from all parts of the world and the globe bids farewell to the manager.

It was a night of gratitude at the Camp Nou as Josep Guardiola led his team for the last time in the Barcelona stadium. Minutes before kickoff between Barça and Espanyol, a massive banner was unfurled by the Barça members and fans that read “t’Estimem Pep! [We love you, Pep!]

On the esplanade of the Camp Nou two murals were installed under the heading #GraciesPep - where fans wrote their farewell messages to Guardiola. In groups of 10, fans of all ages offered up their acknowledgment to the outgoing manager. In fact, new murals had to be brought in as the amount of people leaving messages quickly surpassed original estimates.

The murals boasted messages from around the world. “Pep, thank you for returning football to its essence,” wrote one Mexican couple. “Thank you Pep for all the moments of glory and tears that you’ve given us,” said a Barcelona native.

People also wished Guardiola farewell on social networks: Twitter, Facebook and Tencent Weibo. You can read all of the messages tagged with #GraciesPep on FC Barcelona’s website. Moreover, fans can upload photos related to Guardiola’s departure.

After the match against Espanyol, the fans, players and technical staff also paid homage to the outgoing manager. (via FCBarcelona.com)