Pep Guardiola: A Look at All 26 Cup Finals Spaniard Has Managed in His Career

Pep Guardiola: A Look at All 26 Cup Finals Spaniard Has Managed in His Career

Rene Otinga
updated at May 26, 2024 at 7:35 PM
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  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has an impeccable record in cup finals
  • His FA Cup defeat to Man United was only his second loss in a final
  • The Spaniard has won 33 trophies in his career, including 12 league titles

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Pep Guardiola cut an irritated figure on Saturday, May 25, after Manchester City were beaten by their local rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Based on the Spaniard’s record in cup finals, it made sense why he was so distraught after the defeat at Wembley.

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Pep Guardiola lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Photo: Robin Jones.
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The 2-1 FA Cup final loss was only the second time Guardiola has ever lost in a major cup final, which is an impressive feat considering he has been involved in 23 finals in the 15 years he has been a manager.

Interestingly, the two cup finals he has lost as a manager have all come at Manchester City.

Sports Brief explores Guardiola’s record in finals since he became a football manager.

Barcelona - 11 finals

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona was arguably the most dominant in the Catalan giants’ recent history.

The Spaniard has a 100% record in all his finals while managing Barcelona, including two Champions League final wins against Manchester United in 2009 and 2011.

Here are all the cup finals Guardiola has managed in Spain while at Barcelona.

  • 2009 Copa del Rey final: Athletic Club 1-4 Barcelona
  • 2009 Champions League final: Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United
  • 2009 Supercopa de Espana final: Athletic Club 1-5 Barcelona
  • 2009 UEFA Super Cup final: Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
  • 2009 FIFA Club World Cup final: Estudiantes 1-2 Barcelona
  • 2010 Copa del Rey final: Sevilla 3-5 Barcelona
  • 2011 Supercopa de Espana final: Real Madrid 4-5 Barcelona
  • 2011 Champions League final: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United
  • 2011 UEFA Super Cup final: Barcelona 2-0 Porto
  • 2011 FIFA Club World Cup final: Santos 0-4 Barcelona
  • 2012 Copa del Rey final: Athletic Club 0-3 Barcelona

Bayern Munich – 4 finals

Guardiola spent three years at Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016.

While in Germany, he won three successive Bundesliga titles, which were part of the seven trophies he won with the Bavarians.

According to Sporting News, the Spaniard's cup final record in Germany was flawless, as at Barcelona.

  • 2018 UEFA Super Cup final: Bayern 2-2 Chelsea (Bayern 4-3 on pens)
  • 2014 FIFA Club World Cup final: Bayern 2-0 Raja Casablanca
  • 2014 DFB-Pokal Cup final: B. Dortmund 0-2 Bayern
  • 2016 DFB-Pokal Cup final: Bayern 0-0 B. Dortmund (Bayern 5-4 on pens)

Manchester City - 12 finals

At Manchester City, Guardiola was handed a brutal reality check regarding competitive football.

Not only did he end his first season with The Citizens trophy-less, but he has also suffered two cup final defeats as City boss.

The first one was in the 2021 Champions League final, when City were beaten by fellow Premier League side Chelsea at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

Three years later, Manchester City was beaten in the final of the oldest competition in England, losing the FA Cup to Manchester United.

However, credit still needs to go to Guardiola for an impeccable record in English football.

He has taken domestic competitions very seriously, winning the EFL Cup four times and the FA Cup twice.

  • 2018 EFL Cup final: Arsenal 0-3 Man City
  • 2018 Community Shield final: Chelsea 0-2 Man City
  • 2019 EFL Cup final: Chelsea 0-0 Man City (Man City 4-3 on pens)
  • 2019 FA Cup final: Man City 6-0 Watford
  • 2020 Community Shield final: Liverpool 1 Man City 1 (Man City 5-4 on pens)
  • 2020 EFL Cup final: Aston Villa 1-2 Man City
  • 2021 Community Shield final: Leicester City 1-0 Man City
  • 2021 EFL Cup final: Man City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2021 Champions League final: Man City 0-1 Chelsea
  • 2023 Community Shield final: Liverpool 3-1 Man City
  • 2023 FA Cup final: Man City 2-1 Man United

Without taking into account Guardiola's two defeats in the Community Shield, he has only lost two major cup finals in his career.

This is quite impressive and is a slightly better record than the cup final specialist Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho, whose most recent job was at AS Roma, has lost four of the 21 finals he has participated in, including two UEFA Super Cups, according to Transfermarkt.

What next for Manchester City?

With the season now concluded, Manchester City superstars will focus on international duty with the Euro 2024 coming up.

The Citizens’ next assignment is a club friendly against Scottish champions Celtic on July 23.

In August, the Premier League curtain raiser will provide City with a chance to enact revenge on Manchester United in the Community Shield.

Managers who ended season above Guardiola

Sports Brief also reported on the four managers who ended the season above Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta came close in the 2023/2024 season, but the Gunners fell short, ending the season two points behind Manchester City.

With a fourth successive Premier League title, Pep Guardiola asserted his dominance in English football, making history as the first manager to achieve this feat in the English top flight.

He also added another little-known stat to his name, which came at the expense of his protégé Arteta, according to the Premier League website.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and
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