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Pep va a Torino, in Italia da quattro anni?

Pep Guardiola made Premier League history with Manchester City this season

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Pep Guardiola — the famed Catalan soccer manager who played for and then coached FC Barcelona to glory with this player named Lionel Messi — is the subject of a rumor reaching a fever pitch level.

Is Pep heading to Turin, Italy to coach the Old Lady, commonly known as Juventus?

Speculation in Italian media is that the current Man City man has agreed to a 4-year deal to lead Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.

Just last week, Pep reiterated his reported denial of a move to Italy.

“How many times do I have to say? I’m not going to go to Juventus, I’m not going to move to Italy.”

But that was last week. Conditions, like those on the pitch during a game, can change.

While confirmation hasn’t been declared by Pep or Man City, this move would fit with the coach’s recent stints in Germany coaching Bayern Munich for three seasons and just finishing up his third season in England coaching Manchester City. This kind of move seems inevitable as Pep appears to be seeking continental club glory.

Literally.

And this is why this rumor should, at least, be entertained. Whether a move to Italy happens or not, it fits with Pep’s pattern of coaching European powerhouse clubs in different countries for just a few years at a time.

Here’s a quick rundown of Pep’s trophy case as a head coach:

  • FC Barcelona 14 trophies (2009 Copa del Rey, La Liga, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup; 2010 La Liga, Spanish Super Cup; 2011 La Liga, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup; 2012 Club World Cup, Copa del Rey)
  • Bayern Munich – 10 trophies (2013 German Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup; 2014 Bundesliga, German Super Cup, DFB-Pokal; 2015 German Super Club, Bundesliga, German Super Cup; 2016 Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal)
  • Manchester City – 5 trophies (2018 Premier League, League Cup; 2019 Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup)

The 48-year-old soccer manager still has at least a couple more decades coaching at the highest level, which is where he’s at right now. And since Pep hasn’t won the Champions League since leaving Barça — getting ever so close in Germany and England — there is a strong chance that the Catalan is yearning to cap his club coaching career with at least one more Champions League title in a country other than Spain without Lionel Messi before tackling a full World Cup cycle(s).

We’ll see if Pep’s pursuit of a return to Champions League glory will be attempted with Man City or Juventus this upcoming season. Something to consider from his perspective is that the chance to coach an in-form 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo may prove to be too tempting at this point.

Future Prediction: If Erik ten Hag, formerly of Pep’s coaching tree at Bayern Munich, doesn’t win the Champions League with Ajax during the next few seasons, then it would not be inconceivable that Pep moves to Amsterdam to coach the aforementioned club in the Johan Cruyff ArenA in a few years.

Or, staying in the same time period stated immediately above, Pep could move to Amsterdam but coach the Dutch national team instead to try and help the small yet historically soccer-rich country win its first World Cup. Winning at this level for the Netherlands would make for an incredible full-circle career, doing something special for his late dear friend, former coach and footballing inspiration, Dutch (and FC Barcelona and Ajax) legend Johan Cruyff whose Total Football legacy that started with fellow Dutchman Rinus Michels remains the prominent philosophy over him and modern soccer.

If there’s anyone in soccer who knows with acute detail where the ball will move next, it’s Pep. And if there’s anyone in soccer who knows with clarity and awareness where his admired and prized philosophy is wanted, it’s Pep.

Italian soccer, like Germany and England during the past six seasons, may never be the same again.

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Christopher Nolan’s Cinematic ‘Tenet’

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(Christopher Nolan and Kenneth Branagh on the set of ‘Dunkirk.’ Photo courtesy of ABC News)

Breaking News:

Details have been scare — no surprise — yet a few golden nuggets of information have just been revealed about Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming cinematic mind-bender. The film will be titled ‘Tenet’ and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will have an intriguing premise from the writer and director famous for his imaginative stories filmed with innovative large-scale practical effects (‘Inception,’ ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Dark Knight Trilogy,’ ‘The Prestige’). 

“…is described as an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Tenet is being filmed in seven countries, using a mix of Imax and 70mm film.” 

Yes, yes and YES!

Mr. Nolan is producing with his wife and longtime producing partner Emma Thomas and joining forces with Warner Bros. Pictures once again for this epic film centered on international espionage. Surely, there will be a twist (or two) in the story as well as a twist in the filmmaking process involving practical effects that will take the story — and cinema — to the next level.

The cast, of course, features the great Michael Caine. The rest of the cast includes several rising stars:

  • John David Washington
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Elizabeth Debicki
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Dimple Kapadia
  • Clémence Poésy

One notable absence from this announcement is a longtime friend and musical collaborator, Hans Zimmer. Reportedly, the film’s score will be brought to life by 34-year-old Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson (‘Creed,’ ‘Creed II,’ ‘Venom’).

Robert Pattinson, one of the movie’s lead actors, previously stated the following about the film last month in an interview, which was covered by AZ Central (Part of USA TODAY).

“Like, I’m doing a big movie with Christopher Nolan after this. It’s the craziest thing I’ve seen in years. It’s the length of three movies.”

The length of three movies, huh? Well, I guess I’ll splurge on the large soda for a prime-time sugar rush for opening night on July 17, 2020.

When do the IMAX tickets go on sale?

Carolina Beaches, Seeing Lots of Great White Sharks, Can’t Afford a Hurricane

All it would take is for the theme song from ‘Jaws’ to pop in my head while swimming in the ocean for a split second and I’d haul my you-know-what back to shore like I was Michael Phelps in the Olympics.

And if I lived in the Carolinas right now, I’d probably just chill on the beach with a Corona and lime, according to a recent CBS This Morning report.

Terrifying up close yet majestic at a distance, the Great White Shark is one of nature’s most feared and admired predators. Look no further than the national fandom surrounding the Discovery Channel’s annual television installment of ‘Shark Week.’

And what’s wild about the news story above is that when a shark is brought onto a boat without water to move around, it provides the scientists and viewers remarkable insight up close and personal with a fish we’d never hope to be in open water with during our lifetime. Looking at a living and breathing shark at a close distance is a paralyzing feeling, even through a video clip.

Just an incredible project by Ocearch.

Random Thought: What is a shark thinking when it’s brought onto a boat by people, like those on the Ocearch team.

Anyways, I recall watching a documentary about the 1975 summer blockbuster ‘Jaws’ in which director Steven Spielberg explains why he won’t go swimming in the ocean as he’s standing with Richard Dreyfuss (Matt Hooper) on the edge of a beach.

“They know I made this movie.”

And I’d like to think Mr. Spielberg has saved countless lives because he made his summer blockbuster more than four decades ago.

Happy Monday!

Mankind first walked on the moon on July 20, 1969, by way of American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. In 2019, NASA is beginning to plan how mankind will, well, see for yourself…

NASA’s ambition, as displayed in its video declaration seen above, is American ingenuity at its finest.

“We are going.”

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.