Who is Xavi Hernandez?
Xavi has marked a return to his boyhood club FC Barcelona as a manager
He spent 24 years with the Blaugrana, a journey that began in 1991/92
Xavi established himself as one of the greatest midfielders of all time under Pep Guardiola
Xavi Hernandez has been appointed as the manager of FC Barcelona following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. The legendary midfielder begun his managerial career in 2019 with the Qatari club Al Sadd SC, the club where he ended his club as a player.
The 41-year-old spent 24 years at FC Barcelona, beginning his journey as an U12 writer in 1991/92. He marked his first team debut with Louis Van Gaal in 1998 and cemented his place in the starting XI from the very beginning.
In 2003, Xavi exploited his potential under the leadership of Frank Rijkaard and went on to establish himself as the one of the greatest players to grace the game under Pep Guardiola.
Under Guardiola, Barcelona wreaked havoc in the world of European football with Xavi pulling the strings in the middle of the park. They established their dominance in every tournament and registered enthralling wins against their arch rivals Real Madrid.
Xavi became the captain of the club in 2015 following the departure of Carles Puyol. He marks his return after six years as the coach of some of the players he shared the dressing room with such as Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Ter Stegen, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto.
As the manager of Al Sadd, he led the team from the sidelines in 91 games and recorded a 2.19 PPM (Points Per Match) between July 2019 and November 2021. He won 62 games, lost 16 and settled for a draw on 16 occasions.
Hernandez won 7 trophies for his side: Qatari League Cup x 2, Qatari Cup Winner (Emir of Qatar Cup) x 2, Qatari Champion, Qatari Stars Cup Winner and Qatari Super Cup Winner.
The Blaugrana are hoping to regain their place amongst the world’s best having had a poor start of the season. They sit on the ninth spot in the La Liga table after 11 games played and have won just one of their last five league games.