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New boss Guardiola’s first day at Bayern

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No fewer than 30 photographers, some three dozen camera crews, and 250 reporters from 11 different countries combined to make Pep Guardiola’s unveiling as Bayern's new head coach yet another record-breaking event. “This is the biggest press conference in the history of FC Bayern," announced media director Markus Hörwick at the Allianz Arena on Monday lunchtime. Media from Brazil, Qatar and Japan were present as the 42-year-old coach's first official appearance in his new role unleashed a global media storm.

The unveiling in the press club at the arena in the north of Munich lasted approximately an hour, during which Guardiola confirmed his reputation as an intelligent and eloquent speaker. The former Barcelona boss patiently answered a barrage of questions posed by the media representatives, seamlessly switching between five languages (German, Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian) as required.

Flowers, shirts and an Audi

After the press conference, Guardiola took a short tour of the arena, including the dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel and the sacred turf at his new home ground. The man rated as the most successful coach of recent years after collecting 14 trophies with Barcelona in a four-year spell at the helm was presented with a large bunch of flowers and Bayern replica shirts for his three children.

Audi AG chairman Rupert Stadler personally handed over the keys to Guardiola's new company car, a black S8. The new coach's first couple of hours in office ended with him taking a seat in the home dugout. Pep Guardiola has officially arrived at Bayern, and will now supervise his first training session this Wednesday at 5 pm CET, also at the Allianz Arena. Fans in possession of a ticket to the benefit event will then get a first glimpse of the new supremo for themselves.