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Xavi

Xavier Hernández i Creus (born 25 January 1980 in Terrassa, Barcelona (province), Catalonia), commonly known as Xavi, is a Spain Association football who currently plays as a Midfielder for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona. Widely considered among the finest playmakers in world football, Xavi was named the official Man of the Match of the 2009 Champions League Final as Xavi helped FC Barcelona defeat Manchester United F.C. to win their third European Cup. Xavi was named Best Player by UEFA at Euro 2008

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Xavi biography


Xavier Hernández i Creus (born 25 January 1980 in Terrassa, Barcelona (province), Catalonia), commonly known as Xavi, is a Spain Association football who currently plays as a Midfielder for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona. Widely considered among the finest playmakers in world football, Xavi was named the official Man of the Match of the 2009 Champions League Final as Xavi helped FC Barcelona defeat Manchester United F.C. to win their third European Cup. Xavi was named Best Player by UEFA at Euro 2008
and was one of the five finalists for the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year. In all Xavi has been cap (sport) more than 70 times for the Spain national football team and has played for Xavi country in the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Club career

Xavi is a product of FC Barcelona's youth system and has spent all of Xavi footballing life at the Camp Nou since the age of 11. Xavi quickly made Xavi way through the youth and reserve teams and was a key member of Jordi Gonzalvo's FC Barcelona Atlètic team that won promotion to the Segunda División.

Xavi progression through the teams earned Xavi a first team debut on 18 August 1998 in the Supercopa de España, in which Xavi scored against RCD Mallorca. Xavi quickly went on to become a key member of Louis van Gaal's title winning team.

Xavi is considered the successor of Josep Guardiola in the Barça engine room and after Guardiola left the club, Xavi became the chief playmaker in the side. Since the title-winning season of 2004–05, Xavi has been a captain (association football) of the team. In the 2005-06 season, Xavi tore the ligaments in Xavi left knee in training; Xavi was out of action for five months, missing the majority of the playing season, but returned in April and was on the substitutes bench for the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

Xavi is under contract to Barça until 2014 after extending Xavi contract during the 2008–09 season. The new contract will make Xavi one of the club's biggest earners, and entitle Xavi to €7.5 million a year.

Xavi equalled Carles Rexach in the all-time appearances list for Barcelona when Xavi made Xavi 452th appearance in Xavi 11th season at the club on 14 February 2009. Xavi is now second only to Migueli, who made 548 appearances.

International career

Xavi was first called up for the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring two goals as Spain won the trophy. Xavi made Xavi senior debut on 15 November 2000 against the Netherlands national football team and has since been a regular fixture in the Spain national football team. Xavi trip to the 2006 FIFA World Cup was in doubt due to a knee ligament injury, but Xavi recovered in time and was named as part of Luis Aragonés' squad. Xavi importance to the team was summed up by Aragonés when Xavi said, "People say it is a gamble to take Xavi with us, but I say it would be a crazy gamble to leave Xavi at home." Xavi was named Man of the Match in Spain's match against Ukraine national football team and played in all of Spain's other three matches, before they were knocked out by the experienced France national football team in the second round.

During UEFA Euro 2008, Xavi played a vital role in Spain's successful campaign. Partnering with fellow Barça teammate Andrés Iniesta in the midfield, Xavi was the fulcrum between the defense and the forward line regularly supplying the strikers with vital passes and crucial assists. Xavi scored the opening goal in the 50th minute in the semi-final against Russia national football team which was the 500th goal ever scored in the UEFA European Football Championship. In the UEFA Euro 2008 Final against Germany national football team, Xavi slid a well-timed pass to Fernando Torres who slotted in the winning goal. Xavi was selected as the Player of the Tournament by UEFA officials.

Xavi was called up again for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification by the new manager Vicente del Bosque and continued Xavi good form from Euro 2008. In their 3-0 win over Estonia national football team, two of the goals were scored from Xavi free kicks. Xavi was selected in the 23-man squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and started all three of Spain's group games.

All-time club statistics

As of 31 August 2009

International appearances



International goals

- Euro 2008 Player of the Tournament
- FIFPro World XI : 2007-08
- IFFHS World's best playmaker: 2008
- UEFA Team of the Year: UEFA Team of the Year Team of the Year 2008, UEFA Team of the Year UEFA Team of the Year 2009
- FIFA: 2008
- UEFA Champions League 2008-09 Top assister
- UEFA Club Football Awards: 2008-09

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavi

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