Xavi

  • Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season 10-04-2014 02:02 PM

    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...
  • Koke can be Spain's playmaker for next decade, says Xavi 30-03-2014 11:03 PM

    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...
  • Xavi dreams of being Barcelona's head coach 08-03-2014 08:59 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona can't afford any more mistakes, warns Xavi 26-02-2014 10:59 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona players hail Xavi after 700th appearance 18-01-2014 02:07 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona's Xavi ruled out of Getafe game 21-12-2013 06:05 PM

    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...
  • Xavi Hernandez to miss Barcelona's Copa del Rey match 15-12-2013 08:13 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona survive early scare to beat Cartagena 4-1 in Copa del Rey 07-12-2013 12:32 PM

    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 06-12-2013 11:29 PM

    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...
  • Fast attack may lead us to victory against France: Spain hockey coach 05-12-2013 07:50 PM

    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...
  • Ajax end Barcelona unbeaten run to stay in contention 27-11-2013 08:17 AM

    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 24-11-2013 06:41 PM

    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...
  • Three more Barcelona players hit by injuries 20-11-2013 09:02 AM

    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...
  • Barcelona midfielder Xavi doubtful for next match 19-11-2013 06:46 PM

    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...
  • Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016 15-11-2013 07:26 PM

    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...
  • Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash 05-11-2013 08:37 AM

    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...
  • Del Bosque wants a more aggressive Spain 12-10-2013 03:05 PM

    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...
  • Barca second best in possession for first time since 2008 22-09-2013 02:30 PM

    Madrid: Possession-kings Barcelona had less than 50 per cent of the ball for the first time in five years when they won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday. The Spanish champions always take pride in their technical ability and the amount of possession they enjoy but Barca...
  • Iker Casillas, Xavi celebrate milestones in Finland 07-09-2013 04:14 PM

    Madrid: Among the rising stars to shine at the U-20 World Cup in 1999, including Ronaldinho and Diego Forlan, two callow Spaniards would go on to represent their nation's senior side more times than anyone else. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas and playmaker Xavi, who helped Spain win the tournament in Nigeria...
  • Barcelona rest Xavi, Alexis for Valencia game 31-08-2013 05:54 PM

    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...
  • La Liga: Barcelona rout Levante 7-0 at Camp Nou 19-08-2013 12:43 AM

    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...
  • Xavi happy with new coach Martino and Neymar 01-08-2013 12:56 PM

    Madrid: Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez says he is happy at the arrival of coach Tata Matrino after Tito Vilanova's decision to step down due to his treatment for cancer. "We lived a sad circumstance with Tito's relapse and it was the worst news the dressing room could hear, but now...
  • Barcelona tasked with convincing sought-after Thiago to stay 19-06-2013 05:29 PM

    Madrid: Barcelona face a delicate balancing act to convince sought-after Spain Under-21 playmaker Thiago Alcantara that his long-term future lies with the club and he can play a leading role with the La Liga champions next season. The 22-year-old Barca academy graduate, whose contract runs until June 2015, is being...
  • Spain motivated to win Confederations Cup: Xavi 16-06-2013 12:27 PM

    Recife, Brazil: Veteran midfielder Xavi said Spain will not accept anything less than victory at the Confederations Cup as the reigning World Cup champions begin their quest for the only major trophy that has eluded them. La Roja start their Group B campaign against Uruguay at the Arena Pernambucoon Sunday...
  • Top-guns Brazil, Spain ready to light up Confederations Cup 14-06-2013 12:52 PM

    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 20-05-2013 08:26 AM

    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...
  • Shell-shocked Barcelona offer little hope of a reaction 24-04-2013 03:47 PM

    Madrid: Even Lionel Messi, so often Barcelona's saviour, was at a loss to explain how the La Liga leaders could come back from their Champions League semi-final mauling in Munich. Barca were thumped 4-0 away by an impressive Bayern Munich in their first leg on Tuesday, putting in one of...
  • Style of winning is more important, says Xavi Hernandez 18-04-2013 01:41 PM

    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...