From the point Pep Guardiola was awarded the best coach of the century at the 2020 Globe Soccer Awards, football fans have been divided on whether the Spanish coach deserves such a prestigious award.
Some think a coach like Sir Alex Ferguson who retired from managing Manchester United in 2013 deserves the award more than Guardiola. While others believe that Jose Mourinho should have won the award since the organizers of the event concentrated on what the coaches achieved between 2001 and 2020.
🏆In what is the crowning achievement of an amazing career, Josep Guardiola, considered one of the best coaches in the history of football, wins COACH OF THE CENTURY 2001-2020 ⚽ 🌟#Guardiola #globesoccer pic.twitter.com/RXyYsPuOAw— Globe Soccer Awards (@Globe_Soccer) December 27, 2020
Since the organizers of the 2020 Globe Soccer Awards used the last 20 years as the perimeter for giving out the coach of the century award to Guardiola, one can leave out Sir Alex Ferguson from the debate and focus on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
In that case, since football managers in recent history are judged by the number of titles they have won with the teams they coach, not necessarily by the beautiful football they play, a count of the titles the two managers have won in the last 20 years was carried out.
At the end of the count, it was confirmed that Pep Guardiola has won more club titles as a manager than any football manager in the world in the last 20 years. The 48-year-old Spanish tactician has won a total of 30 titles since he started coaching in 2007.
Among the 30 titles Pep Guardiola has won in the last 20 years, the former Manchester City coach has won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, two Supercopa de España, three Bundesliga, one Tercera División, and three DFB-Pokal.
More so, Guardiola has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three EFL Cup, and two FA Community Shield. He has also won two UEFA Champions League, three UEFA Super Cup, and three FIFA Club World Cup.
Among all Guardiola’s contemporaries, the coach with the closest number of titles is Jose Mourinho. The 57-year-old Portuguese tactician has won a total of 27 titles so far in his coaching career that took off fully in 2000.
Mourinho’s total 27 career titles include two Primeira Liga, one Taça de Portugal, one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, three Premier League, one FA Cup, four EFL Cup, and two FA Community Shield.
More so, the Portuguese coach has won two Serie A, one Coppa Italia, one La Liga, one Copa del Rey, and one Supercopa de España. He has also won two UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, and one UEFA Cup.
With the aforementioned achievements of the two football managers, it is obvious that Pep Guardiola is more successful than Jose Mourinho and any other football manager in the last 20 years.
Hence, Guardiola deserved the 2020 Globe Soccer Awards. The only problem with the award that was given to Pep Guardiola on Sunday, December 27, was that it was called the coach of the century. Century means 100 consecutive years. If that was the case, there is no club coach in the world that did better than Sir Alex Ferguson in the last 100 years, hence, he deserved the award based on the name of the award.