Barcelona Agrees 1-year Extension For Guardiola

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Barcelona says coach Pep Guardiola has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

Barcelona said Tuesday the deal will be signed "in the coming days."

Barcelona is enjoying perhaps the most successful spell in its 112-year history under Guardiola, who took over from Frank Rijkaard in 2008.

Guardiola had said he preferred to sign one-year extensions over a long-term deal to maintain his motivation.

Since Guardiola took over, Barcelona has won eight major trophies including two straight Spanish league titles, the Champions League, the European Super Cup and a Club World Cup.

It has won a Spanish record 16 straight league games and has a seven-point lead over Real Madrid.

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