Xavi

  • Future of Xavi and Alexis Sanchez uncertain at Barcelona July 1, 2014

    Barcelona's sports director says the future of veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez and forward Alexis Sanchez is uncertain as the Spanish club overhauls its squad. Andoni Zubizarreta says the club will speak with Xavi after his summer holidays to decide "what is best for him and for Barca." Zubizarreta also says the club...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Chile and Australia vs Spain, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group B matches as the Dutch and Chile battle for top spot and Spain look to avoid worst ever WC defence. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but...
  • World Cup 2014, Spain vs Chile: as it happened June 19, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group B match between Spain and Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Another loss after their humbling 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands would almost certainly end Spain's title defense. A group-stage elimination would make...
  • 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...
  • Koke looking to do all he can to help Spain in football World Cup June 9, 2014

    Atletico Madrid's 22-year-old midfielder Jesus Resurreccion 'Koke' admits that when as a boy he watched the World Cup on TV, he thought it would be "impossible" to play in the tournament, but now he could play a major role in Spain's defence of their World title. Koke showed during Spain's 2-0...
  • World Cup: Spain's dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil June 5, 2014

    Madrid: Spain's desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas. The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer's global showpiece outside Europe,...
  • Xavi expected to be fit for football World Cup May 20, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi will be fit for the World Cup finals despite suffering a minor back injury, the club announced on Monday. The club said that Xavi, who came on for the final 15 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw with champions Atletico Madrid, had sustained a 'sprained vertebrae'. The recovery time is...
  • Barcelona, Atletico Madrid set for thrilling La Liga showdown May 17, 2014

    La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes when Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign on Saturday. Only twice in the history of Spain's top flight has the title been decided with a direct...
  • Barcelona ready to seize second chance, says Xavi May 14, 2014

    Barcelona are ready to grasp their second chance with both hands and snatch the Spanish title from Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all clash this weekend, midfielder Xavi said on Wednesday. Barca looked out of the running for top spot a few weeks ago but with the leading three sides in Spain...
  • Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season April 10, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King's Cup. Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League...
  • Koke can be Spain's playmaker for next decade, says Xavi March 30, 2014

    Madrid: Spain and Barcelona playmaker Xavi has singled out Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as his successor as the man at the heart of the world and European champions' possession-based playing style. Xavi, 34, is winding down his fabulously successful career for club and country and the 22-year-old Koke has emerged as...
  • Xavi dreams of being Barcelona's head coach March 8, 2014

    Playmaker Xavi, who has won 22 trophies in 16 glittering seasons with Barcelona, said on Saturday that he would love to take over as head coach one day. The 34-year-old has made more than 700 appearances for the Catalan club, winning three Champions Leagues and seven La Liga titles since making...
  • Barcelona can't afford any more mistakes, warns Xavi February 26, 2014

    Barcelona playmaker Xavi has warned his team mates they cannot afford any more slip-ups and urged them to stay positive as the season enters a critical period. The holders surrendered the La Liga top spot to Real Madrid at the weekend after a surprise 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad and are...
  • Barcelona players hail Xavi after 700th appearance January 18, 2014

    Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to team mate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to 700 in the midweek King's Cup match at Getafe. Spain playmaker Xavi, who will be 34 later this month, joined Barca's academy in 1991 at the age...
  • Barcelona's Xavi ruled out of Getafe game December 21, 2013

    Barcelona: Already missing Lionel Messi and Neymar, Barcelona has also ruled Xavi Hernandez out of Sunday's match at Getafe. Barcelona say Xavi has nagging pain in his right leg and won't play in the Spanish league game. The defending champions were already without Messi and goalkeeper Victor Valdes due to injury, while...
  • 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 survive early scare to beat Cartagena 4-1 in Copa del Rey December 7, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona conceded a surprise early goal but a double from Pedro helped them fight back to secure a 4-1 victory at third-tier Cartagena in their King's Cup last 32, first leg on Friday. Coming into the match on the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions League and La...
  • Alonso contract decision due soon, says Ancelotti December 6, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso will decide "very soon" whether to extend his contract beyond the end of this season, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Alonso, who turned 32 last month, missed the start of the current campaign due to injury and Real struggled without his controlling influence...
  • Fast attack may lead us to victory against France: Spain hockey coach December 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Spain coach Xavi Arnau on Thursday said a strong defence and fast attack may lead them to victory against France in the Hockey Junior World Cup which kicks off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday. "With just a few hours left for the matches to begin,...
  • Ajax end Barcelona unbeaten run to stay in contention November 27, 2013

    Ajax Amsterdam stayed in contention for the last 16 of the Champions League after becoming the first side to beat Barcelona this season with a 2-1 triumph on Tuesday. Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen scored to give Ajax a surprise halftime lead, but straight after the break defender Joel Veltman...
  • 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...
  • Three more Barcelona players hit by injuries November 20, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona's injury woes deepened on Tuesday when tests showed Xavi had a hamstring strain, Victor Valdes limped out of Spain's friendly in South Africa and Cristian Tello suffered ankle ligament damage in training. Goalkeeper Valdes, who has been in superb form this season, was forced off in the second half...
  • 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...
  • Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016 November 15, 2013

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has agreed a two-year contract extension with the world and European champions which ties him until the 2016 European championship in France, the 62-year-old said on Friday. "I can confirm that I have signed with the national team until 2016," Del Bosque told a news conference...
  • Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash November 5, 2013

    Madrid: Lionel Messi has set the bar so high for himself that when he does not score for a few games it prompts an outburst of speculation and head-scratching about what might be ailing the Argentine World Player of the Year. That is the situation Messi's club Barcelona find themselves in...
  • Del Bosque wants a more aggressive Spain October 12, 2013

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has urged his players to be more aggressive in attack after the world and European champions struggled to break down ultra-defensive Belarus in Friday's World Cup 2014 qualifier. Spain won the match in Palma de Mallorca 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from captain Xavi and...