Pep Guardiola given Bayern Munich head coach start date

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola will begin his tenure as Bayern Munich's head coach on 26 June.

Guardiola, 42, was announced as the Bundesliga giants' new boss in January on a three-year contract.

He takes over from Jupp Heynckes, who has guided the club to the German league title plus the domestic cup and Champions League finals this season.

Guardiola has been on a season-long sabbatical since leaving Barcelona in May 2012 after winning 14 trophies in a successful four-year spell.

The Spaniard will take his Bayern squad to Trentino, Italy for a training camp from 4-12 July.

They will then play a number of friendlies against lower league sides, before a rematch of the forthcoming Champions League final when they face Borussia Dortmund in the Telekom Cup.

The highlight of Bayern's pre-season programme is a friendly against Guardiola's former club, Barcelona, in Munich on 24 July.

Guardiola retired from playing in November 2006 and was named Barcelona B coach in 2007, but spent only a year in charge of that team before being promoted to replace Frank Rijkaard as boss of the senior side.

Under Guardiola, Barcelona established themselves as the dominant force in club football, with two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles among the trophies won by a side including Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

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