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The Barcelona B team that made Pep Guardiola famous - where are they?

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Pep Guardiola couldn't have asked for a better debut season as a manager - topping La Liga, bagging the Copa del Rey and snatching the Champions League from under Manchester United's nose.

The Spaniard has gone onto success at Bayern Munich and Manchester City, but it was Barcelona and that silverware-ladened first campaign that introduced him to the world. He was selected for the post in the summer of 2008 and amidst the pressure of filling the boots of Frank Rijkaard.

Guardiola, of course, had played for Barcelona himself and made 336 appearances for Blaugrana from La Masia to a European Cup final.

And what attracted the novice manager to the Barcelona bosses in 2008 was his performances in the charge of B team during the 2007-08 campaign.

The 47-year-old needed just one season in the role to impress and graduate to the first-team, winning their Tercera Division group to qualify for the Tercera División play-offs which they dually won to gain promotion.

Of course, while Guardiola deserves great credit, his success in the B team was also greatly dependant on the players at his disposal and 10 years on, he looked to have had quite the mix.

While the likes of Sergio Busquets and Pedro have very familiar career paths, not every player has enjoyed such success since leaving Guardiola's command. Check out where that decorated side can be found now, below.

GK | Oier Olazabal

Graduated to the Barcelona first-team in 2008 but only made one senior appearance for Blaugrana. Has spent time with Granada, Real Sociedad and Levante since leaving in 2014.

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RB | David Corcoles

Never cut it at Barcelona and eventually moved down the Spanish footballing pyramid with a Recreativo de Huelva switch. Now at Racing de Santander, via Albacete Balompie.

CB | Chico Flores

Remember this guy, Swansea fans? Flores joined up with Guardiola's B team on loan before spells with Almeria, Genoa, Mallorca, Al-Duhail SC and he currently resides at Granada.

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CB | Marc Valiente

Currently in the Belgian first division with K.A.S. Eupen after failing to breakthrough at Sevilla.

LB | Victor Sanchez

Went onto make 14 appearances for the Barcelona first-team, before moving to Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax and then Espanyol, only to fall off the radar six years ago.

DM | Dani Toribio

Experienced a journeyman's career since leaving Barcelona in 2009 with time at Malaga, Ponferradina, Villarreal, Real Murcia, Alaves and AD Alcorocon.

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DM | Dimas Delgado

Resides in the Indian Super League with Bengaluru FC now after time with Western Sydney Wanderers and travelling around Spain with Cartagena and Recreativo de Huelva.

DM | Xavi Torres

Failed to impress in his big chance in an impressive Málaga side after leaving Barcelona and has club-hopped ever since with the likes of Levante, Getafe and Real Betis.

CM | Sergio Busquets

The first real success in the bunch. Busquets graduated along with Guardiola in 2008 and has gone onto amass 469 appearances, six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies at the club.

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CM | Abraham Gonzalez

Playing for Club Universidad Nacional in Mexico after five uninspiring spells across Spain.

CM | Thiago Alcantara

Went onto make 111 appearances for the Barcelona first-team and scored 11 goals, before he reunited with Guardiola at Bayern Munich where he remains and continues to impress.

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AM | Victor Vazquez

Only one appearance for Barcelona encouraged him to leave for Club Brugge in 2011 where he spent four years and made over 100 appearances. Now in the MLS with Toronto FC.

LW | Jeffren

One of the most exciting prodigies in the youth set-up, Jeffren never reached his full potential and sought pastures new in 2011. Has spent time with Sporting Lisbon, Real Valladolid and Grasshoppers since.

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LW | Iago Falque

Careers don't come much more bonkers than this. Since leaving Barcelona he's played for Juventus, Villarreal, Tottenham, Southampton, Almeria, Rayo Vallecano, Genoa, AS Roma and Torino.

RW | Pedro Rodriguez

Won everything there was to win in the Barcelona first-team until he sought a new challenge with Chelsea in 2015 where he remains a vital member of Antonio Conte's squad.

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CF | Gai Assulin

His success in the Barcelona youth set-up saw him snapped up by Manchester City without success. He has played for clubs such as Brighton, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Mallorca and Kairat since.

CF | Emilio Guerra

Now ticking over in the third division of Spanish football with Vélez after years of club-hopping.

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