Sunday, July 14, 2013
The positive side of a professional experience abroad
These days many Spaniards have to leave their country to find a job abroad. For many, this is a sad experience, but it also has a positive side. When I lived in Italy and England to complete my graduate studies I was judged by objective evaluators and I learned from their impartiality and objectivity. I had to cooperate and compete with other very good professionals and I was tested against high standards, professionally and ethically. This will also happen to Pep Guardiola, the successful soccer manager, who has just started his project at Bayern Munich in Germany. The German press has expressed its surprise by the news that the first and so far only player that Guardiola has recommended his new club to sign (Thiago Alcántara) is a player that has Guardiola's own brother (Pere Guardiola) as representative. The local Spanish and Catalan press almost never touched on these issues, because local myths are never submitted to the ethical standards of other mortals. Guardiola is an excellent manager, and I think that in his decision to work abroad there is something in himself that wants to submit himself to these high standards. When he left Spain as a football player to play in Italy (and later in Qatar and México), the experience as a player was a failure on the pitch, but he learned about sport and life, and surely that made him a better professional, which later showed in his carreer as a manager. In his spell as a player in Italy, he was accused of doping, and was judged in a trial, in which he was acquitted. I'm sure that he learned from that experience. It's good to be judged by people that think that you are just another mortal. Now Guardiola will learn from the high standards of a better and more impartial press, and at some point about the judgement of a more demanding fandom and society.