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Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

‘I Never Spoke To The Sun’ – Xavi Categorically Denies Talking To Tabloid About Pep Guardiola’s Supposed Interest In Dele Alli

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Surprise, surprise. Xavi has categorically denied speaking to The Sun after the tabloid recently ran a story claiming the ex-Barcelona captainhad insider knowledge on Pep Guardiola's supposed interest in signing Dele Alli.

In apiece ran on 25th April, The Sun claimed Xavi had told them Guardiola was ready to plunder Alli from Spurs in a "record transfer deal" this summer.

‘Come Closer, I Want You By My Side’ – Lionel Messi Says Some Incredibly Affectionate Things About Andres Iniesta

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Much like Pies, Lionel Messi absolutely worships at the church of Andres Iniesta.

Having grown up alongside him at Barcelona from a young age, Messi has been fortunate to witness the midfielder play week in, week out in all his exquisite, consummate glory and it would appear that the privilege hasn't been lost on the Argentinian superduperstar.

Xavi Donates His Yacht To Sea Rescue Charity Assisting With The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

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Proving once again that he's what the people of Spainrefer to as "a good huevo", Xavi has donated an entire yacht to charity in a bid to raise fundsfor those affected by the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

According to AS, Xavi has given the nine-metre vessel to Barcelona-based sea rescue organisationProActiva Open Arms and told them to auction it off as they continue their operations off the coast of Lesbos, Libya and in the wider Mediterranean.

Euro 2016: Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta lead midfield maestros taking centre stage

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Brilliant Sergio Busquets: FC Barcelona’s quiet catalyst for success

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Is there a more underrated, understated player in world football than Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets? Danny Ryan takes a look at the man who's become the heartbeat of one of the greatest...

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Midfield Masterclass: 10 Heavenly Minutes Of Xavi Moving The Ball Around Effortlessly For Al-Sadd (Video)

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While he may not be competing at Barcelona-esque levels these days, Xavi has proved that he's not simply fobbing it off as he tops up his pension pot out in Qatar.

Now aged 36 and almost two years removed from his spiritual home at the Camp Nou, the diminutive maestrolooksas nimble and fluid as ever, as this wonderful highlight reel of his 2015/16 season with Al-Sadd duly attests.

Barcelona Legend Xavi Reveals He Follows Middlesbrough And Also Admires Sheffield United’s ‘Incredible’ Fans

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"Tee, Tee, Teesiders!!"

Barcelona legend and metronomic midfield passing deity Xavi Hernandez has revealed, rather unexpectedly, that he is a closet Middlesbrough fan.

While discussing the nature of English football fan culture, Xavi let slip that he's been eagerly following Boro's fortunes since his old Real Madrid adversary Aitor Karanka took over as manager in 2013.

Barcelona players celebrate fifth Champions League crown – in pictures: Photo, Shoot Special

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Tributes pour in for Xavi, football visionary

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As the man you could describe as 'the soul of Barcelona' moves on, it is no exaggeration to say that he has been part of something that has changed football profoundly. Here are a selection of tributes for Xavi's 17 years at the centre of Barcelona and Spain's golden age.

Friends and losers

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In 1994 Deportivo stood on the verge of winning the Spanish league in the last round of the league. Instead, they failed to defeat Valencia at home (with an infamous missed penalty by Miroslav Djukic), which gave FC Barcelona the Championship. Today FC Barcelona, sure of the title, was playing for nothing against a Deportivo side that needed at least one point to stay in the top league.

Xavi set to start on Saturday while Thomas Vermaelen will make his Barcelona debut

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confirmed that Xavi Hernandez will start his final La Liga game at the Camp Nou, while Thomas Vermaelen will also make his debut for La Blaugrana.

However, it is still unknown whether or not the Belgian defender will start on Saturday against Deportivo de la Coruna.

Xavi set to start on Saturday while Thomas Vermaelen will make his Barcelona debut

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confirmed that Xavi Hernandez will start his final La Liga game at the Camp Nou, while Thomas Vermaelen will also make his debut for La Blaugrana.

However, it is still unknown whether or not the Belgian defender will start on Saturday against Deportivo de la Coruna.

Xavi Hernandez confirms Barcelona departure this summer

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has confirmed his departure from the Catalan club and will join the Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer.

While in Qatar, the former Spain international will study for his coaching badges at the Aspire Academy.

Speaking at his press conference today, Xavi expressed that now was the perfect time to leave the club which he has spent the entirety of his career.

Xavi Hernandez confirms Barcelona departure this summer

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has confirmed his departure from the Catalan club and will join the Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer.

While in Qatar, the former Spain international will study for his coaching badges at the Aspire Academy.

Speaking at his press conference today, Xavi expressed that now was the perfect time to leave the club which he has spent the entirety of his career.

Xavi Hernandez set to confirm Barcelona departure on Thursday

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to confirm his departure from the Catalan club during a press conference on Thursday, according to the player's father.

In recent months, the 35-year-old has been linkedwith a movetothe Major League Soccerfranchise New York City FC, as well asthe Qatari club Al Sadd.

Xavi Hernandez set to confirm Barcelona departure on Thursday

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to confirm his departure from the Catalan club during a press conference on Thursday, according to the player's father.

In recent months, the 35-year-old has been linkedwith a movetothe Major League Soccerfranchise New York City FC, as well asthe Qatari club Al Sadd.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi photograpped in Qatar ahead of reported move

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On Friday,Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was photographedtaking pictures with fans inQatar,just a day after news broke of his summer move to the Qatari side Al Sadd.

It is not yet known why the former Spain international was in the sovereign Arab country, and an announcement of his decision to join Al Sadd is still not expected to take place until the summer.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi photograpped in Qatar ahead of reported move

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On Friday,Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was photographedtaking pictures with fans inQatar,just a day after news broke of his summer move to the Qatari side Al Sadd.

It is not yet known why the former Spain international was in the sovereign Arab country, and an announcement of his decision to join Al Sadd is still not expected to take place until the summer.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he’s glad he didn’t leave club

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he's glad he didn't leave the club this season.

Last summer, the 35-year-old was linked with a move to newMLSfranchiseNew York City FC, as well as the Qatari side Al Arabi.

At the time, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi had earned the right to decide his future, while teammatesmade personal pleas for the veteran midfielder to remain with the Catalan club.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he’s glad he didn’t leave club

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he's glad he didn't leave the club this season.

Last summer, the 35-year-old was linked with a move to newMLSfranchiseNew York City FC, as well as the Qatari side Al Arabi.

At the time, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi had earned the right to decide his future, while teammatesmade personal pleas for the veteran midfielder to remain with the Catalan club.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi set to join New York City FC in 2016, says report

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According to the Spanish radio show El Larguero, Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to join New York City FC in 2016.

Last summer, reports surfaced linking the Spain international with the new Major League Soccer franchise as well as the Qatari club, Al Arabi.

At the time, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi had earned the right to decide his future.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi set to join New York City FC in 2016, says report

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According to the Spanish radio show El Larguero, Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to join New York City FC in 2016.

Last summer, reports surfaced linking the Spain international with the new Major League Soccer franchise as well as the Qatari club, Al Arabi.

At the time, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi had earned the right to decide his future.

Arsenal

The three criteria for supporting Wenger's stay at Arsenal

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By 1970's Gooner I have been very critical of the team's performance over the last few years just as many, many other fans have been. The same story repeating itself. Many small technical players, afraid of tough challenges, no leaders on the pitch and playing tiki taka football in a light Barca version, but lacking a Xavi, an Iniesta or indeed a Messi to pull it off.

Awesome midfielder backs Wilshere to become Arsenal legend

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With Arsenal having already announced the signing of the German international centre back Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and the Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna this week, the chances of Arsene Wenger adding any more players to the Arsenal squad on transfer deadline day are much smaller.

Is Jack Wilshere really the future of England?

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When Jack Wilshere burst into the Arsenal first team at the tender age of 16, he followed Theo Walcott by being hailed as the "Future of England" with his bulldog attitude and limitless confidence but, like Walcott, his development has been severely hampered by injuries. Sometimes it seems ike he has been at Arsenal for [.

Barca´s brain explains why Arsenal need Jack back

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While Arsenal were flying along in the Premier League, and beating an unbeatable looking Bayern Munich team into the bargain, no one was too concerned about the injury situation at the club. And to be fair, there were not many Gunners out of action for us to worry about. That has changed a lot over [.

Qatar

Xavi becomes Qatar 2022 ‘ambassador’

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Doha (AFP) Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has become an "ambassador" for a key initiative run by Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers, officials in Doha said on Wednesday.

Xavi, 36, who now plays for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League, will become the public face of the "Generation Amazing" programme and will visit a refugee camp in Jordan later this week to hold training sessions with youngsters there.

Xavi becomes Qatar 2022 ‘ambassador’

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Doha (AFP) Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has become an "ambassador" for a key initiative run by Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers, officials in Doha said on Wednesday.

Xavi, 36, who now plays for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League, will become the public face of the "Generation Amazing" programme and will visit a refugee camp in Jordan later this week to hold training sessions with youngsters there.

Manchester United

Xavi says he thought Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal was an ‘idiot’ at Barca

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Xavi was eventually won over by ‘idiot’ Van Gaal

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Former Barcelona captain Xavi admits he initially thought Louis van Gaal was an "idiot" but changed his mind after a week working with him.

The ex-Spain international was a youngster breaking through at the Nou Camp when Van Gaal was in charge at Barca and his first impression was not great.

Xavi was eventually won over by ‘idiot’ Van Gaal

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Former Barcelona captain Xavi admits he initially thought Louis van Gaal was an "idiot" but changed his mind after a week working with him.

The ex-Spain international was a youngster breaking through at the Nou Camp when Van Gaal was in charge at Barca and his first impression was not great.

Xavi: “I thought Van Gaal was an idiot”

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Former Spainmidfielder Xavi has admitted he thought Louis Van Gaal was an "idiot" when the Dutchman first arrived at the Nou Camp.

The former Barcelona great was given his chance to cement a place in the Catalan giants' starting XI by the current Manchester United manager, but he revealed the start of Van Gaal's adventure with the Blaugrana was far from auspicious.

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Thank You, Xavi!!!

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Xavi Hernandez - The Conductor

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A great analysis about Xavi's playing style. This is from Barca's 5-0 destruction of Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

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Iker Casillas’ Demise At Real Madrid And Why Jose Mourinho Not To Blame – A Fans’ Perspective

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How Many Qatar World Cup Slave Deaths Can The Guardian, Barcelona Fans And Harrods Shoppers Put Up With?

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No sooner hadXavi Hernández announced his departure from Barcelona for a new dawn withQatari side Al Sadd, than he was attacked.

Xavi, 35, will work asan ambassador for the 2022 World Cup being staged in merciless desert heat.

Given the contentious nature of how Qatar won the right to stage the World Cup and the plight of migrant workersbuilding the massive white elephants theInternational Trade Union Confederation's Play Fair Qatar says "more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament" Xavi's choice has been considereddespicable by some:


Such condemnation for Xavi would carry an ounce of weightwere it not for the fact thatBarcelona are sponsored byQatari Airways.

The Xavi Complex

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Rumors have arisen in the past weeks that Xavi, Spanish midfielder for Barcelona would join MLS side New York City F.C. at the end of his tenure at the big Spanish club. Then shortly thereafter, it was reported by many reputable sources he signed a three year deal with Qatari..