Xavi Hernández, who was born in Terrassa on 25 January 1980, started his second stint with FC Barcelona as the first team manager in November 2021. His first era at the club lasted 24 years, from U12 to the first team, and was incredibly successful. After leaving Barça for Al Sadd in Qatar, where he gained valuable experience, he returned home.
Xavi started as a versatile player, but soon found his place in midfield, where he became a legend for FC Barcelona. He made his first team debut in 1998 under coach Louis van Gaal, and for 17 seasons, he was a regular starter, contributing to the team’s 25 titles.
After leaving FC Barcelona, Xavi went to Doha and played for Al Sadd before becoming the coach. In two and a half seasons, he led the team to seven trophies and successfully implemented the famous Barça system in Qatari football. His focus was on building plays from the back, combining passes, and finding the perfect through balls to the forwards. He also emphasized the importance of winning the ball back as quickly as possible. Xavi was able to transmit his Barça DNA to the players, and he hopes to do the same as the first team manager for FC Barcelona.