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.

Xavi to be next Barca manager as Al Sadd confirm agreement

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

Xavi will be our next manager: Barcelona President Joan Laporta

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.