Pep Guardiola promoted 13 Barcelona academy players in 2011/12 - where are they now?

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Pep Guardiola's four-year stint in Barcelona will go down as one of the greatest in the history of football.

The former Blaugrana midfielder was unexpectedly promoted from the B team in 2008 and created one of the greatest teams ever.

Lionel Messi was unstoppable and La Masia players were everywhere to be seen in the starting XI. They won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in four years.

Bringing players through from the academy was Guardiola's signature move at Barca and he brought through 13 in his final season.

But what happened to those young prospects from 2011/12? Well, look no further.


One of only a few relative successes. The Brazilian spent time on loan at Inter Milan last season, but looks set to be involved in the first-team in 2018/19 once again.


The big success from Guardiola's final stand. Has been Barca's first-choice right-back for some time, but could be used in his preferred midfield role more often next season.

FC Barcelona B v Girona - Liga Adelante


Loaned out to Everton, brought back by Barca and then loaned to Watford. Not a great career path and his short spell after returning to Catalonia was disastrous - he's now at Watford permanently.


He made just two senior appearances before joining Stoke City. He wasn't too bad for a time, but the Potters loaned him out in January to Girona and he's now made that move permanent.

FC Barcelona v FC BATE Borisov - UEFA Champions League


There were high hopes for the centre-back and he made 59 senior appearances. But the arrival of Samuel Umtiti saw him sold to Borussia Dortmund, before moving to Real Betis in January.


The right-back went on to make 45 appearances for Barca, but was never really good enough. Went on loan to Inter in 2015/16, before signing for Valencia in 2016.



An exciting winger full of pace, perfect for Barca, right? Sadly not. Never really got to grips with tiki-taka and is now at Betis with former La Masia colleague Bartra.


Victor Valdes and Pinto were the goalkeepers of choice, so it's not surprise Oier made just one senior appearance. He's now second-choice at Levante.

Barcelona FC Training Session


Just like his brother, Giovanni, Dos Santos never fulfilled his potential. A handful of senior appearances for Barca wasn't enough for the club to keep him, selling him to Villarreal in 2014.


Another goalkeeper who struggled. Never made a senior appearance, was loaned out Mallorca, Oviedo and AEK Larnaca, before settling at Albacete.



He never got a game, but after leaving Barca in 2014, Gomez has made something of a name for himself. A brilliant spell at Celta Vigo has seen the defender sign for Sevilla this summer.


A familiar name for Premier League fans, with Femenia - like Deulofeu - now at Watford. Actually moved to Real Madrid's B team for the 2013/14 season. Lovely bit of controversy.

Watford v Burnley - Premier League


Saving the worst for last, sadly. Never made the cut at Barca and opted to try his luck in Italy with Bologna and then Foggia. He's now at Reggiana in Serie C, ouch.

Giovanni Palmieri dos Santos
Martin Montoya
Marc Muniesa
Sergi Gomez
Cristian Tello
Samuel Umtiti
Kiko Femenia
Gerard Deulofeu
Sergi Roberto
Marc Bartra
Pep Guardiola
Inter Milan
Borussia Dortmund
Lionel Messi

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