After having spent 18 years performing for Barcelona and lifting just about every trophy at club level there is to win, Xavi Hernandez would later go on to join the Qatari outfit Al Sadd.
During his time spent in Camp Nou, Xavi became one of the most highly rated midfielders in the world of football as his influence in the Spanish club cannot be overlooked.
It was thanks to the combination of: Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez that Barcelona became one of the most dominant teams in Europe.
Even though Xavi is no longer a player of Barcelona, the experienced player is still up to date with everything that goes on involving his former team and there are rumors going on claiming that he could make a return to Camp Nou maybe as a coach or become part of the staff team as his time as an actual player is almost up.
The summer transfer window of 2017 recently shut down and Xavi Hernandez believes that Barcelona could have done a much better job as the experienced midfielder gave his thoughts concerning the summer transfer activities of his former club. Continue reading →
Xavi doesn’t think that someone who turned his back on Barcelona during his teenage and joined some other club should be allowed to make his way back into the set-up of the Spanish giants ever again.
It’s being rumoured at the moment that Barcelona is after Hector Bellerin who came to their academy as a kid in 2003 and spent 8 years there before taking an offer from Arsenal to be a part of their youth squad.
Bellerin has since then gone on to feature for the senior team of the Gunners as well and in the last couple of seasons, he has been one of the most promising young defenders in the English Premiership which has probably prompted Barcelona to try and add him back to their ranks. But, Xavi doesn’t like that move. Continue reading →
At the age of 37, the playing career of Xavi Hernandez is reaching it’s final stages but the Spanish midfielder who is currently performing for the Qatari based club Al Sadd has stated that he wants to do a number of things to continue being involved and helping the world of football even if its no longer as an actual player.
Xavi Hernandez joined Al Sadd on May of 2015 but a few of the reasons of why he decided to make this move is due to the fact that the veteran midfielder would also become the ambassador for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The experienced player is also earning his coaching badges as Xavi Hernandez is not showing any signs of slowing down even if his contributions might not be in the actual pitch in itself, the Spanish midfielder does want to remain relevant and influential in football at least in some one way or another.
“I’m not just in Qatar to play football. I want to be a coach.My objective is to work and help Qatar in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. I want to go far. Of course, it’s an option. It’s an option which I would like. It’s an objective to help them have a good World Cup in 2022, and then in my mind I have it to come back to Barcelona. One of my dreams in the future is to coach FC Barcelona.” Former Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez said after joining Al Sadd as he said that he wants to do much more than just play. Continue reading →
Former Spanish football Alfonso Perez has asked Barcelona defender Gerard Pique to quit international football in the shirt of Spain due to his political beliefs, according to reports.
Perez, who used to play for Barcelona and Real Madrid, asked the player not to make himself available any longer as he wanted Catalonia to get independence from Spain. Pique has said that he would retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup. He is openly supporting a referendum on the independence of Catalonia. He was accused of cutting the flag of Spain off the sleeves of his kit.
Perez compared Pique’s action to that of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who played friendly games for Catalonia during his playing career without renouncing the Spanish national team.
“It would have been most honest if Guardiola, being such a Catalan, would have renounced the Spanish national team. I am not against the Catalans. My son was born in Barcelona and if I was radical he would have been born in Madrid or Seville. I have nothing against Catalans, but I do against those pushing for independence,” Perez said. Continue reading →
Xavi Hernandez, FC Barcelona legend has said that he believes that if allowed to participate in competitions held by the FIFA, the current Catalonian International football team would be one of the top 10 teams in the world.
With Catalonia getting ready to hold a referendum in September 2017 regarding its independence, Xavi believes that there are a lot of exceptionally talented players in the team. He is also holds the view that with such players, they can go on to become a world-class team.
So far, Xavi has represented Catalonia 12 times throughout his playing career. However, the 36-year old did not rule out the possibility of managing the team in the nearest future.
“You never know. You can never close any door. It’s very early to start making predictions but it’s one of the ideas, coming home to coach in Barcelona, in Catalonia. It’s my home and I feel very comfortable there.
“I always feel happy when I return home and it’s a source of genuine pride to play for the national team.” Continue reading →
Xavi Hernandez says that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should try to avoid confrontation when things are not going well for him.
Mourinho has a reputation of falling out with opposition managers and the football Association on numerous occasions. Xavi, though, has seen a trend where the Portuguese goes on a rampage only when things are not going well for him. It is exactly the scenario at Manchester United right now. The Red Devils are clearly falling out of the title race and Mourinho has been unable to prevent the slide. He has already been caught up with two FA charges in the last two weeks.
It is widely expected that Mourinho may face a lengthy touchline ban as a result of his recent incidents. Xavi, though, has advised the former Real Madrid boss to focus on football rather than creating a war. The former Barcelona midfielder played under one of the coolest bosses in world football, Pep Guardiola. Even when things did not work out well for the former Barcelona manager, he has always tried to remain calm. Continue reading →
Manchester City continued their brilliant form in the new campaign under Pep Guardiola as they defeated West Ham to get maximum points over the weekend.
The win ensures the have nine points, as with Manchester United and Chelsea. The victory sets up an interesting encounter with United in the Manchester derby after the international break.
From the start of game against West Ham, Man City showed their superiority, with nice one touch passes, and good ball control. Within the first twenty minutes, the top level of play yielded two goals, almost sealing the game off. An improved showing from Raheem sterling was a sight to behold, compared to his games last season and at the Euro 2016. He got a goal, and Fernandinho added the second for the Sky Blues.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was confused at the dominance of City, but was helpless. The difference in the games of City since the appointment of Guardiola is obvious. He supervised the tiki-taka style of play in Barcelona, with veteran midfielder Xavi, Iniesta taking the play to another level. Expectations were high with the employment of Guardiola, and so far, the Spaniard has shown his quality.
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