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Guardiola extends contract with Barcelona
AFP, February 23rd, 2011 4:51PM

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Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with the Spanish champion until June 2012.

The 40-year-old Guardiola, who spent most of his playing career at Barcelona, coached Barcelona's B team before taking charge of the first team in June 2008, succeeding from Dutchman Frank Rijkaard.

Guardiola has won eight trophies, including two straight La Liga titles and the 2009 Champions League.

"This success has been achieved playing soccer with his personal stamp, which has won praise from all sides and has accumulated incredible individual and team records, the latest one being the record of wins (79) in his first 100 games in charge in the Spanish league," read a statement from the club, which  is currently five points ahead of archrivals Real Madrid in La Liga.

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