Xavi Hernandez

  • Xavi Hernandez retires from Spanish national team August 5, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he will not play again for the Spanish national team after a disappointing World Cup. The 34-year-old Xavi says "I have taken the decision to leave the selection. I think my time has ended." Xavi was Spain's key playmaker in their unprecedented run of winning the World...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain not looking to change the guard just yet June 15, 2014

    Curitiba: The Netherlands' crushing win over Spain has precipitated a question that wasn't expected to come up until after the World Cup - when do Spain's veterans give way to their rising crop of talented youngsters? Coach Vicente del Bosque said changes would be made for the must-win match against Chile...
  • World Cup 2014: Age catches up with Spain, Bosque must look to the future June 14, 2014

    Xavi Hernandez is 34. Iker Casillas is 33. Andres Iniesta is 30. Xabi Alonso is 32. So is David Villa. Even Pepe Reina-the second choice keeper- is 31. Age is catching up with the world champions. Over the last 5 years Spain have dominated opponents with their peculiar brand of tiki-taka- free...
  • World Cup 2014: Loss to Dutch hardest of my career, says Xavi Hernandez June 14, 2014

    Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Friday's 5-1 World Cup loss to the Netherlands was the hardest of his career. The defending champions were uncharacteristically dominated in their Group B opener, to put themselves in a likely must-win situation for their next two matches in order to reach the elimination stages. The 34-year-old...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Netherlands vs Spain June 14, 2014

    Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador. Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in...
  • FIFA World Cup: Spain arrive in Salvador for Netherlands tie June 12, 2014

    Salvador: Defending champions Spain arrived here on Thursday in readiness for their World Cup opener against 2010 runners-up the Netherlands, on Friday. The two teams' clash is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa where Spain grabbed a 1-0 victory with a goal from Andres Iniesta four...
  • Xavi Hernandez to miss Barcelona's Copa del Rey match December 15, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona says midfielder Xavi Hernandez will miss Tuesday's Copa del Rey match due to a leg injury. The team say the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona host third-division side Cartagena in the return leg of their round-of-32 tie after winning their first meeting 4-1. The Spanish...
  • Barcelona's Adriano injured, to miss Ajax match November 24, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona's already injury-hit squad has received another blow with full back Adriano ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League game at Ajax. Barcelona says that the versatile, yet injury-prone Brazilian hurt a ligament in his left ankle during the 4-0 win over Granada on Saturday and will miss the trip to...
  • Barcelona midfielder Xavi doubtful for next match November 19, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona say midfielder Xavi Hernandez is doubtful for Saturday's Spanish league match against Granada. The Spanish champions say medical tests have revealed that Xavi has a muscle strain in his left leg. They say the rate of his recovery will determine his availability for the upcoming game at Camp Nou. Barcelona...
  • Barcelona rest Xavi, Alexis for Valencia game August 31, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino will rest regular starters Xavi Hernandez and Alexis Sanchez for Sunday's Spanish league match at Valencia. Martino says "Xavi and Alexis have played a lot and, according to my criteria, it was time to rest them for a match." Xavi is Barcelona's reference in midfield while Alexis...
  • La Liga: Barcelona rout Levante 7-0 at Camp Nou August 19, 2013

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another on Sunday to help mark the debut of Neymar and Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino in a 7-0 thrashing of Levante, ensuring the Spanish champions start their title defense in style. With signature signing Neymar watching from the bench, Messi almost single-handedly...
  • Top-guns Brazil, Spain ready to light up Confederations Cup June 14, 2013

    Rio de Janerio: On the field, the Confederations Cup can give Brazil's national team a major boost in their quest to win a sixth World Cup title next year. Off the field, the eight-team tournament will offer the first hints about where the country stands in their preparations for the...
  • Barcelona toast title with 2-1 win over Valladolid May 20, 2013

    Barcelona: Newly crowned Spanish champion Barcelona celebrated winning the league title in front of their home fans by easing to a 2-1 victory over Valladolid on Sunday. While rain and dropping temperatures threatened to dampen the party in the stands, Barcelona had little trouble keeping alive its bid to equal...
  • Style of winning is more important, says Xavi Hernandez April 18, 2013

    Madrid: FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has made a passionate defence of his side's passing style of football as they prepare for the run-in to the end of the season. Barcelona are almost assured of winning Spain's BBVA Primera Liga thanks to an impressive 13-point lead over Real Madrid, but...
  • Barcelona playmaker Xavi returns to training March 8, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona have been given a boost before Tuesday's Champions League showdown at home to AC Milan by the return of playmaker Xavi to training following a minor thigh muscle strain. The Spain international, who missed Saturday's La Liga defeat at Real Madrid, trained with the rest of the squad...
  • Barcelona, Atletico battle fatigue ahead of important ties February 9, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona hope to avoid a slip against Getafe on Sunday as their players fight fatigue from international friendlies midweek, and with Atletico Madrid lurking nine points adrift of the Spanish league leaders. Barcelona will play the better-rested Getafe at home, and will be missing injured playmaker Xavi Hernandez. Nine Barcelona...
  • Xavi Hernandez signs through 2016 with Barcelona January 29, 2013

    Barcelona: Xavi Hernandez has extended his contract with Barcelona for another two years, committing to the stay with the club through 2016. The 33-year-old Spain midfielder sealed the deal with club President Sandro Rosell on Monday, with Vice President Josep Maria Bartomeu and football director Andoni Zubizarreta looking on. Xavi said "this...
  • Messi ends 2012 with 91 goals as Barcelona win; Real stunned December 23, 2012

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi polished off his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012 in Barcelona's 3-1 win at Valladolid on Saturday, while Jose Mourinho's decision to bench goalkeeper Iker Casillas backfired as Real Madrid lost 3-2 at Malaga to fall further off the pace. Messi scored in the...
  • La Liga: Xavi gives Barcelona 2-0 win over Granada September 23, 2012

    Barcelona: Xavi Hernandez scored three minutes from time to seal Barcelona's hard-fought 2-0 home win over Granada on Saturday, keeping the Spanish leaders perfect through five rounds. Barcelona opened a provisional 11-point gap over defending champion Real Madrid, which face a Spanish-capital derby at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez...
  • Wedding pics: Iniesta marries actress Anna Ortiz July 11, 2012

    Tarragona, Spain: First Europe's most important football trophy, then a player of the tournament award and, now, marriage. It's been a good week for Spain's Andres Iniesta. Iniesta, clad in a navy blue suit, posted a photo on Twitter on Sunday with his new wife Anna Ortiz saying "Amazing day! Just...
  • Spain answers critics with attacking football July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Spain's talented midfielders answered weeks of criticism over boring play with a masterclass performance of attacking football that led it to a second straight European Championship. Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva repaid coach Vicente del Bosque's trust in fielding a starting lineup without a traditional striker...