Pep Guardiola And Us All Being A Team

May 26, 2020

You know when you don’t even know how or when it happened, but somehow you have subscribed yourself to, let’s say, Amazon Prime Video and you kind of ignored the e-mails from Amazon, because… Amazon, but, then, one day, you accidentally (not) open the e-mail and boom, you see you are so subscribed?

My first instinct was to end the subscription because of all the other subscriptions and the fomo that comes with them. Instantly, though, Vlad crossed my mind. Vlad is a very fun guy I bump into and have a great time with, spontaneously, each time. Vlad was there when a birthday cake dropped from my hands while a lot of people were singing Happy Birthday at midnight. Not to me and not my fault, but that’s another (one of the most embarrassing of my life, but so fun to remember now) story.

The connection between this Amazon Prime Video (my God, wouldn’t Prime be easier?) subscription and Vlad is a delightful discussion we, briefly, were trying to have during a concert. Cristina, what do you think is the deal with Pep Guardiola’s style? I mean, his white some kind of neckband, the white some kind of cuffs. You know him, right? Fireworks fired up inside because – aside from being at a concert and waiting for it to begin (oh maaan! I hope concerts will be possible in the very near future, oh maaan, oh maaan!) – I entered with him a space I enjoyed in a space I already had been enjoying so much. Oh man, oh man! We were talking about a great guy – Pep Guardiola – I happened to have noticed here and there and even if I didn’t know that much about him, I could tell he was a great guy. But then, the more I found out about him, the more I got fascinated with him. Just like with each time I discover a beautiful soul. Anyway, this man is one of the best football (soccer) coaches ever and on top of that, he has an unique sense of style. In clothing, as I first noticed on my own, googling, but then also in coaching, I nowadays discover through this documentary Vlad told me about when back at the concert (oh man, oh man!). And yes, it is on Prime and if you want to take a break from Downton Abbey or Ozark or whatever it is you are watching, I suggest you watch All Or Nothing: Manchester City.

With Pep, like with any other authentic person, the style is, in fact, his soul showing up and doing the trick.

Definitely, Pep hearing it and externalizing it through those very subtle details is a game he plays (just like when we were kids and genuinely played) and chooses to share with the rest of the world.

Style is not about Look at me, style is about This is me.

And this is where clothes help us all (when we choose to) do that. Some of us don’t really care about that and think that it is not important and it really isn’t when you choose to believe it is not. Think of Steve Jobs. There was only one Steve Jobs, though. Yet, some of us find this part of being aware of the things our souls talk through us, very interesting. Part of who we are. Truly. It (the style) becomes your hands – let’s say – and what is more romantic than holding hands? Freely. Kissing, duh.

So, yes, I guess we are talking about romance. These details Pep chooses for himself (the white some kind of neckband, the white some kind of cuffs) are subtleties the romantic in him shares with the romantics in us. Magic happens when these subtleties (unique to each person) lock eyes and hold hands by the end of a meeting. Or a first impression thing even. At work. Ideally. Or over a coffee thing. Ooor a ‘happily ever after’. Anything.

It takes courage to be yourself. Courage is romantic, is showing life you love life. Because, newsflash, we’re all wobbly and we’d better be! But newsflash, we’re in this together.

The rivalry between Pep Guardiola and José Murihno is like a metaphor for life, however. They both have style and this is how we can all, once again, be in awe of life and the one love we all, actually, share. Dream of. It is only a matter of ways to express it into the world, share it with the world. Life is a matter of choices and every choice you make makes you. And there’s only two ways to do that, really. Through love or fear.

Their contrasting styles were on full display, All Or Nothing.

Everyone sees Guardiola as this creative artist, the “Michelangelo of the technical area”, but actually he’s a winner, All Or Nothing.

It’s fascinating how their styles are called attacking football and park the buss. And it might seem shocking at first, but Pep’s is the attacking one. But it’s true, when you come think about it. Isn’t this precisely how in life is? You have to be a worrier for love. There, I said it. 

Lady Gaga said in an interview once: Life is beautiful, but sometimes you have to be a pitbull! 

Manchester City, Pep’s team, won. In the documentary. And, well, real life. The two hugged in the end. And it’s not only fair-play to do so in sports, obviously, but it shows, once again, just how the world is built. There are a lot of elements in Mendeleev’s table. 118 to be precise. Ok, so not seven billion, but still!

Guardiola doesn’t understand the concept of parking the bus, he just unleashes the Ferraris, All Or Nothing.

…While wearing his simple grey or black sweaters and almost without exception with a white some kind of neckband, the white some kind of cuffs underneath. A white detail near the face always (always) brightens up anyone’s face. However, the white must be a cold white for a cold skin tone or an off-white for a warm skin tone. It’s that little extra that brings a subtle je ne sais quoi to Pep’s style. Aside from a very relaxed (but still) etiquette through his white t-shirt or shirt, the white details supports even more the light coming from his soul and through his eyes. His love for what he does. For people. Players. His passion. Fierceness. Confidence in the light within. Tone. Warmth. Fierce warmth.

Be a team, guys, be a team!, Pep in All Or Nothing.

Watching this documentary on football not only reminded me of the energy I remember experiencing on the stadiums, during the football matches (or concerts, oh man, oh man!) I myself went to a couple of times, but also of the excitement, from back in the days in middle school, when the whole world felt like was watching the big championships. I even had favourite players. It then, just like nowadays going through this whole pandemic, felt like we are one. Came and come one.

Faithless – We come 1

Anything we do is about being here mentally, not just physically, as Pep Guardiola always says. This pandemic felt like a brick humankind needed and let’s hope that the damage done is not for nothing. Absolutely every human being is inspiring, when getting dressed (or undressed), when holding hands and so on.

Cause I’m the left eyeyoure the right. Would it not be madness to fight?

And if we think about it, Vlad, below is really what we could have only discussed. But no, we chose the romance, because there isn’t really anything else. You asked me what Oz in Paris was doing and you, instantaneously, put a smile on my lips. And since you don’t have any social media account, this is for you, Vlad! Wahaha!

Pretty James Bond fits him pretty naturally.
Cool, clean lines that suit him. Almost there proportions.
Nice, simple, fit, him.
Nice coach vibes and all.
A cool, still clean, line brings out of him even more of that je ne sais quoi.
And then boom!
Now watch how the trousers fit here, by the ankles, cutting his ankles.
Or here.
But then here, much better! Look at where the trousers end. Much better.
Or here. Watch for the ankles. Very good. Nice shoes also.
Hmm, a pair of casual, just near the legs, not tight, still black, but a bit more elegant trousers would have done the trick even better.
A white t-shirt that fits good, interesting, is so sexy on anyone, however.
His shells bracelet here, hehe.
If only the collar of the shirt was a regular one, not this wide. But this is pretty extreme what we’re talking here about, you know.
Daring combination for Pep and it definitely suits him. Yet, something feels forced. A bit. It might be the collar of the shirt. A simpler, off-white, thicker shirt might be better. And some wool, elegant, even the same colour trousers would make him look even grander.
Nice coat, nice suit, nice sweater and combination of colours. Would lose, though, the belt or put a thicker and all black one, black details even! And would replace the scarf with a finer one. Still warm, black, but finer.
But you know, Pep si Pep.

Be a team, guys, be a team!

In your mailbox would be ideal, yet in your e-mail is pretty close, yay!
Subscribe to
OZinParis letter.

Hey, this is Cristina Pavelescu wearing a music cassette sweater, decoding (life) style and writing from wherever, yet always living in OZ, a world I invite you into. To smile in front of our screens (and live one day), put any kind of questions, answer in writing (or imagination) and marvel at fashion which is, in fact, style.


View All Articles