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Guardiola to start Man City reign against former club Bayern

Football Soccer - Bayern Munich German Cup (DFB Pokal) victory parade - Munich, Germany - 22/05/16. Bayern Munich's then coach Pep Guardiola. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo
Football Soccer - Bayern Munich German Cup (DFB Pokal) victory parade - Munich, Germany - 22/05/16. Bayern Munich's then coach Pep Guardiola. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo

REUTERS - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will kick off his reign at the Premier League club in a pre-season friendly against his former team Bayern Munich.

Spaniard Guardiola, 45, will take over from Manuel Pellegrini at City in July after three years with the Bundesliga champions.

"Playing Bayern Munich is always a great occasion and this match has the added excitement of our new head coach Pep Guardiola returning to play with Manchester City against his former club," City chief executive Ferran Soriano said on the club's website (mcfc.co.uk).

Bayern face City at the Allianz Arena in Munich on July 20.

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru. editing by Ed Osmond)

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