There's A Theory That England Will Win The 2018 World Cup Because Of Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful club managers in world football.

He has won 23 trophies in 10 seasons during spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City and in that time period, he has won the top-flight league title in seven of his nine seasons as a manager.

But is it merely a coincidence that every year his team has won a league title, the nation that he manages in go on to lift the World Cup?

Let me explain. There's a stat doing the rounds that suggests England might just win the World Cup this summer because of previous winners.

In 2010, Pep Guardiola won the league title in Spain with Barcelona. In the same year, Spain won the World Cup after Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta scored the winner in the 116th minute.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In 2014, Pep Guardiola won the league title in Germany with Bayern Munich. In the same year, Germany won the World Cup.after Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze scored the winner in the 113th minute.

In 2018, Pep Guardiola has lifted the league title in England with Manchester City so there's 'a chance' that in the same year, England could win the World Cup.

Image: PA
Image: PA

We can picture it now. England reach the World Cup final and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling scores the winner in the 114th minute.

Of course, it may be a coincidence that Spain and Germany won the World Cup when Guardiola was managing Barcelona and Bayern, but the winning mentality he establishes on his players at club level could be a factor behind the triumphs.

It's probably not going to happen but we can all dream.

Who will win the World Cup this summer? Have England got a chance?

Let us know in the comments below.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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