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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi.(AFP)

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

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:30 AM IST
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.
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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)

Xavi can be Barca’s Alex Ferguson, says presidential hopeful

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:21 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Reuters | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 04:32 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Reuters | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 02:48 PM IST
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.
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File image of Xavi Hernandez.(Getty Images)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(Getty Images)

Barcelona president backs Setién, sees Xavi as future coach

By Press Trust of India | Barcelona
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 02:11 PM IST
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.
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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)

Xavi says coaching Barca remains his ‘primary goal’

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 05:11 PM IST
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.
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File photo of Santi Cazorla.(REUTERS)
File photo of Santi Cazorla.(REUTERS)

Qatari club Al-Saad signs Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla

By Associated Press | Madrid
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2020 07:06 PM IST
The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year’s Spanish league.
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(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)

Xavi renews Al-Sadd contract for 2020-21 season

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 08:12 PM IST
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.
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Al-Sadd coach Xavi reacts.(REUTERS)
Al-Sadd coach Xavi reacts.(REUTERS)

Xavi says hopes to coach Barcelona in the future

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 03:23 PM IST
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.
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File image of Xavi.(Reuters)
File image of Xavi.(Reuters)

Wasn’t the right time: Xavi on turning down Barcelona job in January

By Indo Asian News Service | Doha
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 03:05 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Press Trust of India | Madrid
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 10:54 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Agence France-Presse | Madrid
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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.
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File image of Xavi.(Getty Images)
File image of Xavi.(Getty Images)

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

By AFP | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 10:06 PM IST
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.
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FC Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde leaves Joan Gamper training camp.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde leaves Joan Gamper training camp.(REUTERS)

Barcelona set to sack Ernesto Valverde - Reports

By Agence France-Presse | Madrid
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 11:56 PM IST
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.
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.(REUTERS)

Valverde on the brink as Barcelona consider their options

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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.
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File image of Xavi(REUTERS)
File image of Xavi(REUTERS)

Xavi says would be ‘dream’ to coach Barcelona as pressure mounts on Valverde

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 09:26 AM IST
Xavi confirmed media reports that he had spoken to Barca’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau over the weekend.
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File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)

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

By Soumitra Bose | Doha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2018 05:07 PM IST
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”.
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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)

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

By Agence France-Presse | Madrid
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 05:03 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Doha
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2018 10:22 AM IST
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.
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