Born in Terrassa on January 25, 1980, Xavi Hernández became the first Barça coach in November 2021. In this way, the second stage at FC Barcelona begins. The first chapter in the Club was successful and lasted 24 years; he defended the Alevín A culer jersey until the first team. Later, he left Barça to go to Al Sadd. An experience in the Middle East that ended with Xavi’s return home.
It all started in the 1991/92 season. Gradually, he found his position on the field of play until he occupied his plot in the middle of the field, where he conquered his place of honor in the history of FC Barcelona. Since his promotion to the first team in the summer of 1998 under coach Louis van Gaal, Xavi was a starter in midfield for no less than 17 seasons. His performance was always excellent, and he became tangible in the form of 25 titles.
After sensationally displaying his intelligence in midfield and always with the ball sewn to his foot, the Barcelona captain moved to Doha. His experience as a footballer for Al Sadd led him to the bench of this Middle Eastern team. Season after season, for two and a half, he added wins and titles to his record as a coach. In total, he lifted seven titles.
Beyond these seven material elements and the winning statistics, the legendary midfielder from Terrassa imbued the Qatari game with Barça philosophy. The construction of possession from the defense and dynamited by a combined game of quick and millimetric passes to find the spaces in the rival defense. Besieged when the team led by the former Barcelona captain did not have control of the ball. A complete Barcelona DNA mentality that he will now transfer to Barça, the team of his life.