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LaLiga returns with all eyes on Xavi's first game at Barcelona

New manager Xavi will take charge of the team in the Catalonia derby against Espanyol on Saturday and three days later Barca host Benfica in a game that could secure their place in the Champions League last 16.
FC Barcelona's new coach Xavi Hernandez waves during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.(AP)
FC Barcelona's new coach Xavi Hernandez waves during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 05:59 PM IST
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Tall order but Xavi can fix things at Barcelona

  • Club legends as coaches have struggled in Europe and the former midfield master will also have to deal with the club's poor form made worse by its financial crisis.
FC Barcelona's new coach Xavi Hernandez waves during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.(AP)
FC Barcelona's new coach Xavi Hernandez waves during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.(AP)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 10:20 PM IST
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ByDhiman Sarkar, Kolkata

Barcelona fans welcome new coach Xavi at the Camp Nou

Xavi, who thrived in Barcelona’s side for several years when Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi was also in the same team, was officially introduced at a reception usually offered only to top players.
FC Barcelona unveil new coach Xavi - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 8, 2021 FC Barcelona coach Xavi and president Joan Laporta during the unveiling(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona unveil new coach Xavi - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 8, 2021 FC Barcelona coach Xavi and president Joan Laporta during the unveiling(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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Xavi set for Barcelona as Al Sadd agree to coach's release

Xavi is set to take the reins at his former club Barcelona, where he enjoyed an illustrious playing career.
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(Getty Images)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 05, 2021 08:36 PM IST
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Xavi extends contract with Qatar club Al-Sadd

Al-Sadd head coach Xavi expressed his delight after extending his stay at the club and spoke of his aim to achieve more goals along with the players and the staff.
Xavi Hernandez: File photot(Twitter)
Xavi Hernandez: File photot(Twitter)
Published on May 13, 2021 09:22 PM IST
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ANI | , Doha

Messi plays 750th game for Barça, Suárez leads Atlético win

Messi’s latest milestone came less than two weeks after he surpassed Pelé’s all-time club scoring record for Santos by netting his 644th goal for Barcelona.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi.(AFP)
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 10:30 AM IST
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Xavi can be Barca’s Alex Ferguson, says presidential hopeful

Xavi, one of the architects of Barca’s decade-long rule of world football, is the coach of Qatari side Al Sadd but has agreed to play a leading role back with Barca if Font wins the club’s election on Jan. 24.
File photo: Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez waves to supporters after their Spanish first division soccer match against Deportivo de la Coruna at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/File Photo(REUTERS)
File photo: Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez waves to supporters after their Spanish first division soccer match against Deportivo de la Coruna at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 09:21 PM IST
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Not the right time to return as Barca coach, says Xavi

The former Spain player alluded to some of the problems president Josep Maria Bartomeu has faced, including a scandal involving the hiring of a social media monitoring firm and fallout from a pay-cut the club introduced in April.
File photo: Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez waves to supporters after their Spanish first division soccer match against Deportivo de la Coruna at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/File Photo(REUTERS)
File photo: Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez waves to supporters after their Spanish first division soccer match against Deportivo de la Coruna at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 04:32 PM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

Not the right time to return as Barca coach, says Xavi

Xavi rejected the offer to coach his former club back in January when they sacked Ernesto Valverde, and even though current manager Quique Setien’s role is far from secure the Catalan is still unwilling to return for the time being.
Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.(Getty Images)
Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 02:48 PM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

Barcelona president backs Setién, sees Xavi as future coach

Josep Bartomeu told Spanish sports daily Sport in an interview on Saturday that “at no moment did we think about a coaching change” despite Barcelona’s poor finish to the Spanish league season.
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(Getty Images)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 02, 2020 02:11 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByPress Trust of India

Xavi says coaching Barca remains his ‘primary goal’

Xavi’s name has come up repeatedly as a replacement for Setien, but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists he is sticking with his current coach.
File photo of Xavi Hernandez as a player for FC Barcelona.(Getty Images)
File photo of Xavi Hernandez as a player for FC Barcelona.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 28, 2020 05:11 PM IST
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Qatari club Al-Saad signs Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla

The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year’s Spanish league.
File photo of Santi Cazorla.(REUTERS)
File photo of Santi Cazorla.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 20, 2020 07:06 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAssociated Press

Xavi renews Al-Sadd contract for 2020-21 season

Xavi, 40, took charge of the Qatari side last year following his retirement and the club is currently third in the standings ahead of the restart of the 2019-20 season which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020, Al-Sadd's Spanish coach Xavi is thrown into the air by his players as they celebrate winning the final match of the Qatar Cup against Al-Duhail at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020, Al-Sadd's Spanish coach Xavi is thrown into the air by his players as they celebrate winning the final match of the Qatar Cup against Al-Duhail at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 05, 2020 08:12 PM IST
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Xavi says hopes to coach Barcelona in the future

Spanish media had reported that Xavi, who coaches Qatari club Al Sadd, had been approached by Barca to replace Ernesto Valverde before Quique Setien was appointed in January.
Al-Sadd coach Xavi reacts.(REUTERS)
Al-Sadd coach Xavi reacts.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 03:23 PM IST
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Wasn’t the right time: Xavi on turning down Barcelona job in January

Barcelona had gotten in touch with Xavi in January to replace Ernesto Valverde but citing lack of experience, Xavi turned down the job in favour of staying at Al-Saad in Qatar.
File image of Xavi.(Reuters)
File image of Xavi.(Reuters)
Updated on May 05, 2020 03:05 PM IST
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Doha | ByIndo Asian News Service

Barca deny criticising players, including Lionel Messi, on social media

According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser Cataluna, the PR company I3 Ventures was contracted by Barca and oversaw “dozens” of accounts attacking the likes of Messi, Gerard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Pep Guardiola and Carles Puyol on Facebook and Twitter.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu attends a news conference at Camp Nou stadium.(REUTERS)
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu attends a news conference at Camp Nou stadium.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 10:54 PM IST
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Madrid | ByPress Trust of India

Barcelona in turmoil trying to make up for Lionel Messi’s lost time

As Athletic Bilbao’s players celebrated Inaki Williams’ 94th-minute winner at San Mames on Thursday night, Messi stood still in the centre circle, hands on his hips and staring down at the ground in front.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands in dejection at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey.(AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands in dejection at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey.(AP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Xavi ‘will be manager’ one day, says Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu

Former Barca captain Xavi was approached for the Camp Nou job last week but rejected the offer, preferring to remain as boss of Qatari team Al-Sadd for the time being.
File image of Xavi.(Getty Images)
File image of Xavi.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 10:06 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByAFP

Barcelona set to sack Ernesto Valverde - Reports

Xavi, currently the coach of Qatari team Al-Sadd, indicated he is not prepared to take charge immediately but the negotiations left Valverde in limbo.
FC Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde leaves Joan Gamper training camp.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde leaves Joan Gamper training camp.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 13, 2020 11:56 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Valverde on the brink as Barcelona consider their options

Former Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino is a viable option, despite his previous claims he would never coach Barcelona due to connections with rivals Espanyol.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 13, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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Xavi says would be ‘dream’ to coach Barcelona as pressure mounts on Valverde

Xavi confirmed media reports that he had spoken to Barca’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau over the weekend.
File image of Xavi(REUTERS)
File image of Xavi(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 12, 2020 09:26 AM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

I will give Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or every time: Xavi Hernandez

Speaking on the sidelines of the Lusail Stadium design launch event in Doha on Saturday, Xavi Hernandez said his former Barcelona teammate should win the award “every time”.
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)
Published on Dec 16, 2018 05:07 PM IST
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Doha | BySoumitra Bose

Spanish legend Xavi moving closer to history and Asian Champions League title

After four continental titles with Barcelona, Xavi has one foot in the semifinal of the Asian Champions League with Al Sadd, the club he joined in 2015.
Al-Sadd's Spanish player Xavi attempts a shot during their match against Al-Arabi.(AFP)
Al-Sadd's Spanish player Xavi attempts a shot during their match against Al-Arabi.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 16, 2018 05:03 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Xavi Hernandez signs on for two more years with Qatar club Al Sadd

FC Barcelona and Spain football team legend Xavi Hernandez will stay at Al Sadd until the end of the 2020 season, according to a statement released by the Doha-based club.
Spain football team and FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez could play on till the age of 40 after he extended his contract with Qatar club Al club Al Sadd.(AFP)
Spain football team and FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez could play on till the age of 40 after he extended his contract with Qatar club Al club Al Sadd.(AFP)
Published on May 25, 2018 10:22 AM IST
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