Fitzgerald Cecilio

Munich, Germany

Bayern Munich has signed Pep Guardiola for a three-year coaching deal beginning next season.

He replaces Jupp Heynckes, 67, who is completing his third stint as Bayern coach and wanted to end his career when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness said that only someone of Pep Guardiola's caliber could be an adequate replacement for Heynckes.

Guardiola, 41, won 14 titles with Barcelona before stepping down last season.

On Tuesday he expressed his desire to coach in England.

"It is unique, to play in that league," he told FATV. "I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players. "I have always found English football fascinating. The support of the home team is amazing."

But Guardiola eventually chose Bayern of Germany's Bundisliga because it was the best offer, according to his agent Josep Maria Orobitg.

"We have been passing up offers," Orobitg said. "This one (Bayern) is not the one that offered the most money.

He has elected it for its organization and all the possibilities he sees for his players."