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The story behind Pep Guardiola's 'Open Arms' hoodie

Robbie Copeland
Pep Guardiola's 'Open Arms' hoodie
Pep Guardiola's 'Open Arms' hoodie / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola likes his hoodie these days, doesn't he?

Normally sharply dressed in a shirt and tie or fashionable jacket, the City boss has done away with his formal attire on occasion this season, and has been seen sporting a grey hoodie with a specific slogan that has caused some confusion

The shirt, shoes and sweatshirt combo raised a few eyebrows...but it turns out the Catalan boss was simply doing his bit for charity.

The hoodie, which he's worn on several occasions this campaign, reps Open Arms. They're a non-profit organisation based in Pep's native Catalonia, dedicated to helping refugees who attempt to reach Europe by sea.

It's a cause Guardiola has frequently batted for in the past. When it made its public debut in the Boxing Day win over Newcastle earlier this season, it prompted Oscar Kamps - owner of Open Arms - to reveal the City boss donated €150,000 to the cause back in 2018.

Discussing the impact of Guardiola's generosity, Kamps said (as quoted by Showsport): "Guardiola came to us in 2018 and offered help in the amount of 150,000 euros out of his own pocket. The support of other athletes who also wanted to contribute helped us achieve the goal of getting the ship back on track."

If you're feeling charitable and fancy picking up your own version of Guardiola's latest fashion statement, it is available to buy on the Open Arms website. You can also buy T-shirts, face masks, tote bags, mugs, water bottles and badges...or just donate if you're feeling generous.

The hoodie certainly seemed to be a good-luck charm for Guardiola when he wore it against Arsenal earlier back in February. He watched his side pick up their 18th successive win thanks to Raheem Sterling's salmon header early in the first half.

After a hard-fought 90 minutes, it was a win Guardiola welcomed...with open arms.

I'll get my coat.