Barcelona legend Xavi appointed head coach of Qatari club Al Sadd

28 May

Barcelona legend Xavi has been appointed head coach of Qatari club Al Sadd.

The 39-year-old spent the last four years of his career at Al Sadd before retiring at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Xavi played under Pep Guardiola in Barcelona’s trophy-winning side
Getty

Xavi will be bring a winning mentality to the club after bagging eight LaLiga titles, four Champions League trophies and a World Cup in a hugely successful career.

He will replace Jesualdo Ferreira as Al Sadd head coach at the start of next season.

Announcing his retirement from playing football earlier this month, the Spaniard revealed his philosophy would mirror legendary manager Johan Cruyff’s style.

Xavi said: “This is my last season as a player, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach.

“My philosophy as a coach reflects the style we developed for many years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and La Masia, and that has its greatest exponent in the way of playing football in Barcelona.

“I love seeing the teams take the initiative in the field, play attacking football and return to the essence of what we all love since our childhood days – football possession.”

Barcelona legend Xavi announces his retirement from playing football and intends to become a coach

2 May

Xavi has announced he will be retiring from playing football at the end of the season.

The Barcelona legend left the Spanish club in 2015 following an illustrious 17 season career where he won dozens of titles.

Xavi enjoyed an illustrious career with Barcelona
Getty

He picked up eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and won the Champions League an incredible four times.

The 39-year-old has been playing for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League for the last five seasons but confirmed this season will be his least.

Xavi Hernandez won four Champions League trophies with Barcelona
Getty

“This is my last season as a player, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach,” Xavi said.

“My philosophy as a coach reflects the style we developed for many years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and La Masia, and that has its greatest exponent in the way of playing football in Barcelona.

“I love seeing the teams take the initiative in the field, play attacking football and return to the essence of what we all love since our childhood days: football possession.”

Xavi has played a total of 940 club games and scored 113 goals during his career.

He also represented Spain 133 times where he was part of their golden generation who won two European Championships and the World Cup.