The winners of the Josep Guardiola sweepstakes are a team that scarcely anybody knew was even in the running.
The former FC Barcelona manager will be managing Bayern Munich next season.
Guardiola won 14 major trophies in just four seasons at the helm of Barcelona but opted not to renew his contract ahead of the current season and go on a sabbatical in New York City instead. Since then, the 41-year-old coach and former midfielder, who is credited with masterminding Barca's ongoing dynastic run, has been heavily pursued by a slew of the game's heavyweights.
The chief contenders were thought to be Chelsea and Manchester City of the Premier League . Both have almost unlimited resources to invest in their players but are fairly volatile environments as well. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a relative soccer neophyte who is nevertheless notoriously meddlesome and has triggered through 10 managers in the decade since he bought the club. At City, meanwhile, the expectations are outsize...