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Barcelona great Xavi is the new Head Coach for Al Sadd Qatar

05 June 2019

Barcelona great Xavi, Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, has been named Head Coach of Qatari Club Al Sadd SC, having played for the Qatari Club since 2015.

The 39-year old has made over 100 appearances for Al Sadd before he retired at the end of 2018-19 season, three years after he joined the club.

A World Cup winner in 2010, Xavi, won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies at Barcelona.

Al Sadd announced on Twitter recently that Xavi would replace Jesualdo Ferreira as Manager at the start of next season.  When announcing his retirement, Xavi said he was excited to see what the future holds.

“What I have achieved in the past two decades has been a privilege,” he commented, adding that it was his duty to take initiative off the field, and come back through football as and when possible.

Speaking to the media, he said that his philosophy as a coach reflects the style developed for several years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and La Masia, and that has truly been reflected in the manner of playing football in Barcelona.

He also mentioned that he loved it when teams took the initiative on the field, attack football, and return to the essence of what we all love from our childhood days – possession football.

According to BBC Sports the first game for Al-Sadd with Xavi as Head Coach would be played against compatriots Al-Duhail in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on 6th August.

Xavi joined Al-Sadd in the year 2015, after a successful 17-year stint with Barcelona. Towards the end of last season, he renewed his contract for two years, but, at the end of this season he announced his plans to retire from playing, in order to start his coaching career.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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